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Party like an Icelander: Discover the Bars of Reykjavik!

While Iceland is known for its breathtaking nature and outdoor adventures, we understand that you also want to experience the local nightlife, meet new people, and have a fantastic time. Well, you’re in luck because Reykjavik offers an incredible nightlife scene that will surely leave you with unforgettable memories

Icelanders may seem reserved during the day, but when the night falls and the drinks start flowing, their inner Viking spirit comes alive. Expect lively conversations, warm hugs, and spirited singing as you immerse yourself in the Icelandic party culture.

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Beer at Bar Reykjavik

Did you know that beer was once banned in Iceland until 1989? That’s because it was associated with Denmark, and during Iceland’s fight for independence, it was seen as an unpatriotic drink. But now, beer is an integral part of the Icelandic party scene and celebrations!

Let’s explore some of the must-visit bars in Reykjavik:

Skúli Craft Bar

Kick off your evening at Skúli Craft Bar, where you can enjoy their happy hour prices from 2 pm to 7 pm. Indulge in the award-winning Borg beer, a local craft beer that embodies the spirit of Reykjavik. The bar’s cozy and sophisticated ambiance, with its bright wooden bar and captivating artwork, sets the perfect tone for a memorable night.



Located on Reykjavik’s harbor front, Slippbarinn has built a reputation as a trendy drinking spot. Step into its warm and welcoming interior, featuring a long wooden bar with designer barstools, large windows with views towards the harbor, and the high quality of its drinks. Expect DJs spinning jazz, soul, and funk.

Micro Bar

Hidden away in the brick-walled basement of Restaurant Reykjavík, the Micro Bar offers the best selection of artisanal brews in the city. With its slightly ramshackle charm and cozy atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to discover unique and flavorful beers.

Visit between 4 pm and 7 pm for discounted tap beers and enjoy the soulful sounds of soul, electronic, and jazz.

Kaldi Bar

Kaldi Bar: Set inside a red residential house on a side street off the main road, Kaldi Bar boasts one of the best selections of Icelandic craft beer in town. Immerse yourself in the cozy ambiance of its two rooms and beautiful outdoor terrace. Don’t miss the chance to try the Kaldi brews, including their exceptional unfiltered beer. Pair it with small snacks like olives, mixed nuts, or chorizo with cheese for a delightful experience.

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Nightlife view in Reykjavik

Are you getting excited about experiencing Reykjavik’s vibrant nightlife? Make sure to add these bars to your itinerary and get ready for an unforgettable evening. And if you’re not in Iceland yet, jot down the names of these fantastic venues so you can fully enjoy the nightlife when you arrive. As always, the staff at the Blue House is here to recommend even more exciting places and keep you informed about special nights and events happening during your stay. Let the party begin!


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