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NIGHTLIFE GUIDE Reykjavik

April 2014

Issue 105

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REYKJAVIK NIGHTLIFE This guide will help you find your way through the nightlife jungle that Reykjavik has become. It will also show you that in the downtown area of Reykjavik, as we refer to as "The 101", there are many places to choose from within a very small walkable area. Hopefully this guide will help you get the most out of your stay here.

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DOS, DONT'S AND DID YOU KNOWS • Nothing really starts until after midnight on weekends. The high price of alcohol keeps us home finishing off a few drinks before we head out. Then between midnight and one o’clock lines start to form outside the clubs. • Did you know that a few years ago every place closed at 3 in the morning on weekends and that created a Carnival atmosphere in the streets. The authorities changed to flexible openings to prevent all that outdoor partying. • From 1915 till March 1st. 1989 beer was not sold in Iceland. It was not until some bars started to sell non alcohol Pilsner mixed with Vodka that the authorities gave in. • There are over 50 bars and clubs and around a 100 restaurants in the small downtown area of Reykjavik. The line of streets, Laugavegur, Bankastræti, Austurstræti with the parallel streets of Hafnarstræti and Hverfisgata, we often call The Runtur. The Runtur, which means "the round", originally refers to the practice of young Icelanders driving around in circles at night before they reach drinking age. Today it also refers to going out pub crawling/bar hopping. • Clothing for a night out may vary. Most clubs have a clothing policy. Basically dress "smart". Jeans are IN now but only as a part of the “smart” outfit. Sneakers/trainers are generally not allowed. But there are many bars and some clubs that will allow nearly any kind of attire. Use common sense. You will see that many locals love to wear black in the clubs, often for practical reasons. • Many places have long lines outside. There are VIP lines but don’t expect to get in through them. Plan and arrive early. • Drinks generally cost the same in bars and clubs. The difference could be 200-300 kr. Many places have "Happy Hours", mostly between 5 and 7 PM, but some longer. • Icelanders are not used to tipping because service is always included but in the last few years it has become more common to see that tipping gets you that extra, extra service in bars and clubs. Maybe not a positive development but just the way of the world. • We Icelanders push and shove. Don’t be offended but the places are usually so crowded that to get where we want to go we have to use initiative. • Smoking has been prohibited in public places like restaurants, bars and nightclubs since 2007. Many places offer smokers an airy place to smoke. • Most places don’t have an entrance fee unless there is a special occasion or a popular band playing. The fee is usually from 1.000 - 2.500 kr. • Closing times on weekends vary. Licences are either till 03:00 or 05:00. That does not necessary mean the actual closing time though. But places usually don’t stay open longer than 6 in the morning on weekends. Sunday to Thursday everything closes at 01.00. • During weekday nights there is not much dancing going on. We usually go to bars and cafés and hang out over coffee, beer or a glass of wine. Thursdays are good but everything closes at 1.00. But you never know. Maybe something innocent might turn into a big party. • We always go for a snack before we go home after a long night partying. Traditionally we buy a hot dog with everything “Ein með öllu”, but nowadays you can get a lot of other things to eat. See the map. Back at your hotel, it is ok to drink the tab water. That's what we do. We think it's the best in the world. • Getting a taxi in the morning on weekends might take a while. There is a waiting line for taxis by Lækjargata (see map). Taxis use the other taxi stops earlier in the night. A lot of people try to walk in different directions to pick up taxis on their way to the center but the safest bet is waiting in the taxi line. In the line you can always pick up some good conversations or some local sing-a-longs.


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BARS 101 Hotel Lounge 31 Hverfisgata 10

1919 Lounge 15 Pósthússtræti 1

Kaffi Amsterdam 6 Hafnarstræti 5

551 3800 20+

Austurstræti 7

568 1907 20+

B5 28

Bankastræti 5

Bar 11 38

Hverfisgata 18 Bast 39 Hverfisgata 2ö Bjarni Fel Sports Bar 24 Austurstræti 20

Borgin 19

Pósthússtræti 11

552 9600 25+ 511 1310 25+

772 5252 25+

561 2240 30+ 578 2008 25+

Boston 52

Laugavegur 28b

517 7816 25+

Bunk 52

Laugavegur 28

578 3700 25+

Bravó 49

Laugavegur 22

Brikk 25 NEW

22+

Hafnarstræti 18

Celtic Cross - Irish Pub 41 Hverfisgata 26

Ingólfsstræti 3

30+

580 0101 30+ 599 1050 25+

Austur 10

Den Danske Kro 34

AND

Danish Bar

517 4988 25+

511 3240 25+ 551 9660

CLUBS

Dillon 53 Laugavegur 30

25+

511 2400 23+

Dolly 7

Hafnarstræti 4

Dubliner - Irish Pub 5 Hafnarstræti 3

The English Pub 11 Austurstræti 12

Gamli Gaukurinn 4 Tryggvagata 22

Glaumbar 3 Tryggvagata 20

Tryggvagata 22

Kaffibrennslan 65

Hlemmur Square

Laugavegur 105

25+

415 1600 22+

Closed Austurstræti 12a

Hressingarskálinn 24 Austurstræti 20

Kaffibarinn 43

Bergsstaðarstræti 1 Laugavegur 20b

Kíki Queer Bar 49 Kex Hostel Bar 88

562 3270 20+ 561 2240 25+ 551 1588 25+

Kaldi 49

Skúlagata 26

848 4924 20+

552 3939 30+

Home 10

Laugavegur 22

578 7900 22+

552 6868 20+

Harlem 4

Laugavegur 21

30+

511 3232 25+

553 8101 25+ 22+

561 6060

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# Location on map Dance Floor

Sports Bar

Live Music

Bottle Table Service

Kofinn 37

20+

Laugavegur 2

The Laundromat 11 Austurstræti 9

551 1855 25+

Lebowski Bar 48

20+

Laugavegur 20a

The Live Bar - Sports 56 Kareoke Frakkastígur 8

Loftið 11

552 2300 25+ 30+

Austurstræti 9

551 9400 30+

Monaco Casino Bar 61 Laugavegur 78

Monte Carlo Casino Bar 54 Laugavegur 34a

511 2277 30+ 511 2277

Micro bar 61

25+

Nora Magasín 18

25+

Austurstræti 6

Pósthússtræti 9

Næsti Bar 32 Ingólfsstræti 1a

Obla Di, Obla Da 55 Frakkastígur 8

Ölstofa Kormáks og Skjaldar 45 Vegamótastígur 4

Ölstofan 22 Lækjargata 10

Kaffi Paris - Paris Lounge 14 Austurstræti 14

Park 39

Hverfisgata 20

25+ Average age

Food Service

578 2020 30+ 551 7776 25+

561 6662 30+ 552 4687 25+

511 3245 25+

Prikið 33

20+

Bankastræti 12

Reykjavik Beats 51

Kaffi Rósenberg 50

Hverfisgata 46

Klapparstígur 27

Sky bar 52

Ingólfsstræti 1

551 2866 25+

561 0700 30+

551 2442 25+

Slipp bar/café 1 Mýrargata 2

595 8500 30+

560 8000 25+

Kaffi Sólon 30 Bankastræti 7a

Strawberries 23 Lækjargata 6a

562 3232 30+

517 7744 30+

Thorvaldsen 8 Austurstræti 8

Tiu Dropar Wine Bar 74 Laugavegur 27

511 1413 30+

551 9380 23+

Vegamót 44 Vegamótastígur 4

Víkingakráin - Viking Tavern 5 Hafnarstræti 3

Vínbarinn 20 Kirkjutorg 4

The Wine Taster 60 Laugavegur 73

511 3040 20+ 861 7712 30+ 552 4120 25+

693 6526

551 1020 20+ 779 8151

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HARPA National Concert and Conference Center

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Reykjavik Art Museum

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Alþingi Parlament

21 41

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Central Bank

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Arnarhóll

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Prime Minister’s Office The 31 Opera49 M 28 32 46 48 30 47 50 45

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National Gallery

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CALENDAR

W HE RE ? WHAT? WHEN?

3. April Thursday Austur - Troubadours Einar and Ingo. B5 - Troubadours live. Danske Kro - Live music with Pétur. English Pub - Live music. Rock Gamla Bió - Mono Town. Glaumbar - Pub Quiz / Karaoke. Hressingarskálinn - Live music. Lebowski - Movie Quiz. Dj Anna Brá. Retro Rosenberg - Faroese night. Sometime and Laila av Reyni. 4. April Friday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Austur - Dj Maggi. Hi p /Hop Pop Funk 80's B5 - Dj Gunni Danske Kro - Troubadours Tryggvi, Hjálmar and Dagur. English Pub - Live music Glaumbar - Open mic / Dj Seth Sharp. Hressingarskálinn - Live music. Lebowski - Dj Hallifax Retro 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Loftið - Dj Fröken Anna Brá. Jazz Rosenberg - Skúli Mennski and band. 5. April Saturday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Austur - Dj Víkingur. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Austur - Dj Áki Pain. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk B5 - Dj Árni. Danske Kro - Troubadours Roland and Biggi Olgeirs. English Pub - Live music. Glaumbar - Dj BoomKitty. Hressingarskálinn - Live music. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Loftið - Dj Fröken Anna Brá. Lebowski - Djs Anna Rakel and Ýr. Retro Blues Rosenberg - Hanna Guðný Blues band.

8. April Danske Kro - Troubadour Roland. English Pub - Live music. Lebowski - Dj Halli Einars. Rosenberg - Borgfjörð band.

Tuesday Retro Jazz

9. April Wednesday Danske Kro - Troubadour Hreimur. English Pub - Live music. Kaff itár Cafe -Tango Milonga 21:00 - 23:00. Latin Lebowski - Dj Anna Rakel. Retro Jazz Rosenberg - Andrea Ingvars and band. 10. April Thursday Austur - Troubadours Einar and Ingo. B5 - Troubadours live. Danske Kro -Troubadour Pétur. English Pub - Live music. Glaumbar - Pub Quiz / Karaoke. Hressingarskálinn - Live music. Lebowski - Movie Quiz. Dj Anna Brá. Retro Jazz Rosenberg - A Band on Stage. 11. April Friday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Austur - Dj Áki Pain 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk B5 - Dj Jónas Danske Kro - Troubadours Roland and Biggi. English Pub - Live music. Glaumbar - Open mic / Dj Seth Sharp. Hressingarskálinn - Live music. Lebowski - Dj Jesus. Retro 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Loftið - Dj Jói B. Rosenberg - Kelly Joe Phelps. Guitar

12. April - Earlier closing Saturday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Austur - Dj Maggi. Hip/Hop Pop Funk 80's B5 - Dj. Árni 6. April Sunday Danske Kro - Troubadours Fannar, Ingi and Danske Kro - Troubadour Raggi. Tryggvi. English Pub - Live music. English Pub - Live music. Jazz Hressingarskálinn - Live Jazz session Glaumbar - Guest Dj. Pop Harpa - ABBA Tribute Concert. 7. April Monday Hressingarskálinn - Live music. Danske Kro - Troubadour Ingi Valur. Lebowski - Dj Rúnar & 80's Gang. Retro 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk English Pub - Live music. Loftið - Dj Hannes. Lebowski - Dj Jesus. Retro Rosenberg - Kelly Joe Phelps. Guitar Jazz Rosenberg - Live music.


The information here is subject to change. No responsibility is taken for its accuracy. Hip/Hop

R/B

Funk

Rock Disco Tecno

Pop

Electr Blues Reggae

13. April Sunday Danske Kro - Troubadour Raggi. English Pub - Live music. Jazz Hressingarskálinn - Live Jazz session Lebowski - Dj Halli Einars. 14. April Danske Kro - Troubadour Tryggvi. English Pub - Live music. Lebowski - Dj Anna B. Rosenberg - Vala and band.

Closing hours Closing hours vary on Friday and Saturday. Other nights it is 01:00.

Soul

Indie

House

Latin

Jazz 80's

Glaumbar - Pub Quiz / Karaoke. Hilton - Reykjavik Blues Festival Hressingarskálinn - Live music. Lebowski - Movie Quiz. Dj Anna Brá.

Blues

Retro

18. April - Midnight Opening Friday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Monday Austur - Dj Víkingur. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk B5 - Resident Dj. Danske Kro - Troubadours Hjálmar and Dagur.. English Pub - Live music. Jazz Glaumbar - Open Mic / Good Friday Jam. Hressingarskálinn - Live music. Retro Tuesday Lebowski - Dj Rúnar and co. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Loftið - Dj Fröken Anna Brá.

15. April Danske Kro - Troubadour Roland. English Pub - Live music. Blues 19. April - Earlier closing Saturday Hilton - Reykjavik Blues Festival 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Austur - Dj Áki Pain. Hlemmur Square - Kársnes school choir. Hip/Hop Pop Funk 80's Lebowski - The Dude. Retro B5 - Resident Dj. Jazz Danske Kro - Troubadour Biggi Olgeirs. Rosenberg - Helgi Júl and Árný Árna. English Pub - Live music. 16. April Wednesday Glaumbar - Easter Party Rock Harpa - Skonrokk. 80's Rock Feast. Danske Kro - Troubadour Hreimur. Hressingarskálinn - Live music. English Pub - Live music. Retro Kaff itár Cafe -Tango Milonga 21:00 - 23:00. Latin Lebowski - The Lebowski crew. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Harpa - Hjaltalín in concert Folk Loftið - Dj Jói B. Jazz Blues Rosenberg - Anna Mjöll and band. Hilton - Reykjavik Blues Festival Lebowski - Dj Jesus. Retro 20. April - Open longer Sunday Rosenberg - Kiss the Cayote. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Austur - Dj Maggi. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk 17. April - Mindnight closing Thursday B5 - Resident Dj. Danske Kro - Troubadours Hjálmar and Dagur. Austur - Troubadours Einar and Ingo. English Pub - Live music. B5 - Troubadours live. Glaumbar - Easter Party. Danske Kro - Live music with Pétur. Hressingarskálinn - Live music. English Pub - Live music.

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CALENDAR Lebowski - Dj Anna Brá. Loftið - Dj Jón Atli. Easter party. Rosenberg - Leifur band. Lebovski - Dj Holy-T.

Retro

80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk

Jazz

Retro

21. April Monday Danske Kro - Troubadour Ingi Valur. English Pub - Live music. Lebowski - Dj Sandalagústala. Jazz Hressingarskálinn - Live Jazz session 22. April Tuesday Danske Kro - Troubadour Roland. English Pub - Live music. Lebowski - Dj Halli Einars. Retro Rosenberg - Faroese Country Hallur Joensen 23. April Wednesday Danske Kro - Troubadour Hreimur. English Pub - Live music. Rock Harpa - Elvis Presley tribute. Kaff itár Cafe -Tango Milonga 21:00 - 23:00. Latin Lebowski - Dj Jesus. Retro Rosenberg - Art without Borders. Rúbin - American rapper Hopsin. Rap 24. April - 1st day of Summer Thursday Austur - Troubadours Einar and Ingo. B5 - Troubadours live. Danske Kro - Live music with Pétur. English Pub - Live music. Glaumbar - Pub Quiz / Karaoke. Rock Harpa - Elvis Presley tribute. Hressingarskálinn - Live music. Lebowski - Movie Quiz. Dj GLAD. Retro Jazz Rosenberg - Unnur Sara and band. 25. April Friday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Austur - Dj Víkingur. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk B5 - Resident Dj. Danske Kro - Troubadours Roland and Biggi Olgeirs. English Pub - Live music. Glaumbar - Open mic / Dj Seth Sharp. Hressingarskálinn - Live music. Lebowski - Djs Anna Rakel and Ýr. Retro 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Loftið - Dj Jói B. Jazz Rosenberg - Leifur band.

Hip/Hop

R/B

Funk

Rock

Disco

Tecno

Pop

Electr

Blues

Reggae

Soul

Indie

House

Latin

Jazz

80's

26. April Saturday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Austur - Dj Maggi. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk B5 - Resident Dj. Danske Kro - Troubadours Ingi Valur and Ingi Tryggvi. English Pub - Live music. Glaumbar - Guest Dj. Hressingarskálinn - Live music. Lebowski - Dj Jesus. Retro 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Loftið - Dj Danni Deluxe. Jazz Rosenberg - Leifur band. 27. April Sunday Danske Kro - Troubadour Raggi. English Pub - Live music. Jazz Hressingarskálinn - Live Jazz session Lebovski - Dj Halli Einars. Retro 28. April Monday Danske Kro - Troubadours Hjálmar and Dagur. English Pub - Live music. Jazz Hressingarskálinn - Live Jazz session Lebowski - Dj Anna B. Rosenberg - Myrra Rós Anniversary concert. Jazz 29. April Tuesday Danske Kro - Troubadour Roland. English Pub - Live music. Hlemmur Square - Kársnes school choir. Lebowski - The Dude. Retro Rosenberg - Pétur Tyrfingsson blues band. Blues 30. April Wednesday Danske Kro - Troubadour Hreimur. English Pub - Live music. Glaumbar - May Day Party. Kaff itár Cafe -Tango Milonga 21:00 - 23:00. Latin Lebowski - Dj Glad. Retro Rosenberg - Pétur Sigurðsson and band. Jazz


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BRENNIVÍN Iceland’s signature alcoholic beverage, Brennivín, is a schnapps made from fermented potato pulp and flavoured with caraway seeds (sometimes mistaken for the taste of cumin seeds). The word brennivín literally translates into English as "burning wine". Brennivín is also commonly called Black Death. During prohibition (from 1915 to 1922), the Icelandic government placed a skull and crossbones logo on all liquor bottles. The black label was designed to discourage people from drinking the beverage. Soon, drinkers grew accustomed to requesting Black Death "Svarti Dauði" at the counter of their local liquor store. Brennivín is best served ice cold. Alcohol content 37.5% ABV. It is common to drink Brennivín with "hákarl", which is putrefied shark meat (a local "delicacy"), to mask the shark's taste. It is similar to the Scandinavian Aquavit. Several years ago an Icelandic bar owner in Luxembourg marketed a version of Brennivin as Black Death Vodka, with a skull in a top hat on a black label and sold the bottles in wooden coffins made by Luxembourgian prison inmates. The factory burned down some years ago but a new beer is made in Iceland under that label. In Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill 2, you can see the character Budd drink a bottle of Brennivín. It is difficult to find outside Iceland so buy one before you leave. It's a great gift.

POISON? We Icelanders have been brought up from childhood to enjoy the Opal and Tópas breath freshening sweets. Some of these salty liquorice tasting pastilles have quite a strong menthol taste. Recently the Ölgerðin brewing company made an alcoholic version of the Opal and Tópas sweets which are now the most popular shots in Iceland. But if you are not from here, you are either going to love them or hate them. Film director Quentin Tarantino was quoted on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show that if he could imagine what poison tasted like, it would be like Opal. So it is up to you to take the plunge and enjoy them like we do or join Quentin in his views. Then afterwards you can also try the pastilles, because they are good in hiding the breath of alcohol.

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VEGAMÓT

KITCHEN & COCKTAILS

Open daily | sun-thu 11-01 | fri-sat 11-02 Kitchen | sun-wed 11-22 | thu 11-23:30 | fri-sat 11-24

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VODKA

SHOTS SCHNAPPS

LIQUEURS

Alcoholic Beverages

Tinda Vodka

Reyka Vodka

Volcanic Opal Topas Fjallagrasa Eden Brennivín Rubarb Blue- Crow Birkir Björk Vodka Cetraria Apple berry berry berry

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EldurÍs Vodka

Isafold Volcanic Gin Gin

BEERS

Gull Stout

Teresa

Regular Dark

Kaldi Lite Stinnings- Norðan- Sumar- October

Gæðingur Tumi Lager Stout Pale Ale Wheat

Freyja

Einstök Pils Org. Stout

Viking

BEERS

Skjálfti Móri Lava Borg Myrkvi Úlfur

Egils Lite Boli Pilsner

Steðji Lager Korona Strong Smoked S trawb.

Black Bríó Thule Death

El Grillo

Einstök Toasted Pale Ale Dbl Bock White Ale

BEERS

Sumaröl

Þurs Strong

Lager Pale Ale

Polar Beer Classic

Viking Egils Strong Lite Strong Malt Beer


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