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NIGHTLIFE GUIDE Reykjavik

May 2014

Issue 106

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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

Closed

Tryggvagata 22

Kaffibrennslan 65

Hlemmur Square

Laugavegur 105

25+

415 1600 22+

Closed Austurstræti 12a

Hressingarskálinn 24 Austurstræti 20

Ísafold Bistro 29 NEW Þingholttsræti 3

Kaffibarinn 43

Bergsstaðarstræti 1

562 3270 20+ 561 2240 30+ 595 8535 25+ 551 1588 25+

Kaldi 49

Laugavegur 20b Laugavegur 22

848 4924 20+

552 3939 30+

Home 10

Kíki Queer Bar 49

578 7900 22+

552 6868 20+

Harlem 4

Laugavegur 21

30+

511 3232 25+

553 8101 25+

The pub that you


# Location on map Dance Floor

Sports Bar

Live Music

Bottle Table Service

Kex Hostel Bar 88 Skúlagata 26

The Icelandic Ingólfsstræti 1a

Bar

Kofinn 37

Laugavegur 2

22+

561 6060 30+ 32 NEW 551 7776 20+

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

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

25+ Average age

Food Service

578 2020 25+

561 6662 30+ 552 4687 25+

511 3245 25+

Park 39

20+

Hverfisgata 20

779 8151 20+

Prikið 33

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

562 3232 30+ NEW Lækjargata 6a 517 7744 30+ Thorvaldsen 8

Lava bar 23 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

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HARPA National Concert and Conference Center

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Reykjavik Art Museum

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Alþingi Parlament

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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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The Pond

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National Gallery

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CALENDAR

W HE RE ? WHAT? WHEN?

1. May Thursday Austur - Troubadours Einar and Ingo. B5 - Troubadours live. Danske Kro - Troubadour Pétur. English Pub - Troubadours Hjálmar and Dagur. Harpa - Eve Online Fanfest. Hressingarskálinn - Live music. Lebowski - Movie Quiz. Dj Anna Brá. Retro

6. May Tuesday Danske Kro - Troubadour Roland. English Pub - Troubadour Ingi Valur. Lebowski - Dj Halli Einars. Retro

7. May Wednesday Danske Kro - Troubadour Hreimur. English Pub - Troubadour Maggi. Kaff itár Cafe -Tango Milonga 21:00 - 23:00. Latin Friday Lebowski - Dj Raggi Retro Hip/Hop Pop Funk Jazz Rosenberg - Þoka band.

2. May 80's Austur - Dj Áki Pain. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk B5 - Resident Dj. Danske Kro - Troubadours Tryggvi and Biggi. English Pub - Troubadours Eiríkur og Steini. Hressingarskálinn - Audio Nation and Sixties. Lebowski - Dj Hallifax Retro

8. May Thursday Austur - Troubadours Einar and Ingo. B5 - Troubadours live. Danske Kro - Troubadour Pétur English Pub - Troubadours Steini and Eiríkur. 3. May Saturday Hressingarskálinn - Dj Cyppie. Hi p /Hop Funk Pop 80's Austur - Dj Víkingur. Lebowski - Movie Quiz. Dj Anna Brá. Retro 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Jazz B5 - Dj Árni. Rosenberg - Tota and band. Danske Kro - Troubadours Ingi Valur and Biggi. English Pub - Troubadours Ingi and Tryggvi. 9. May Friday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Harpa - Eve Online Fanfest. Austur - Dj Maggi. Hi p /Hop Pop Funk 80's Hressingarskálinn - The Vonum Framar band. B5 - Resident Dj. Lebowski - Dj Hallifax Retro Danske Kro - Troubadours Roland, Ingi and Rosenberg - Lay Low Folk Tryggvi. English Pub - Troubadour Steini and Raggi. 4. May Sunday Hressingarskálinn - Goðsögn band. Danske Kro - Troubadour Raggi. Lebowski - Dj Anna Brá. Retro 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk English Pub - Troubadour Danni. Loftið - Dj Hannes. Jazz Jazz Hressingarskálinn - Live Jazz session Rosenberg - Andea blues band. 5. May Monday 10. May Saturday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Danske Kro - Troubadour Ingi Valur. Austur - Dj Víkingur. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk English Pub - Troubadour Tryggvi. B5 - Dj Árni. Lebowski - Dj Jesus. Retro Danske Kro - Troubadours Fannar, Hjálmar and Jazz Rosenberg - Reykjavik Blues Band. Dagur. English Pub - Troubadours Ingi and Tryggvi.

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

R/B

Funk

Rock Disco Tecno

Pop

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

Electr Blues Reggae

Soul

Indie

House

Latin

Jazz 80's

16. May Friday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Retro Austur - Dj Pétur Valmundar. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk B5 - Dj Árni. Jazz Danske Kro - Troubadours Fannar, Hjálmar and Dagur. 11. May Sunday English Pub - Troubadours Ingi Valur and Tryggvi. Danske Kro - Troubadour Raggi. Hressingarskálinn - Mr. Mookie band. English Pub - Troubadour Danni. Lebowski - Dj Jesus. Retro Jazz 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Hressingarskálinn - Live Jazz session Loftið - Dj Jói B. Lebowski - Dj Halli Einars. Rosenberg - Ellen Kristjáns and daughters Jazz Hressingarskálinn - Playmo band. Lebowski - Djs Raggi and Jesus. Loftið - Dj Jói B. Rosenberg - Sister Sister.

80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk

12. May Monday 17. May Saturday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Danske Kro - Troubadour Tryggvi. Austur - Dj Áki Pain. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk English Pub - Troubadour Ingi Valur B5 - Resident Dj. Lebowski - Dj Anna B. Danske Kro - Troubadours Roland, Ingi and Jazz Rosenberg - Synir support concert. Tryggvi. English Pub - Troubadours Hjálmar, Dagur, 13. May Tuesday Eiríkur and Steini. Danske Kro - Troubadour Fannar. Harpa - Bat out of Hell. Meatloaf Tribute. English Pub - Troubadour Tryggvi. Hressingarskálinn - School is out Garden Party Lebowski - The Dude. Retro Lebowski - 90's theme. Retro Jazz 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Rosenberg - Ivar and band. Loftið - Dj Danni Deluxe. Jazz Rosenberg - Oddur drummer and band. 14. May Wednesday Danske Kro - Troubadour Hreimur. 18. May Sunday English Pub - Troubadour Raggi. Danske Kro - Troubadour Raggi. Kaff itár Cafe -Tango Milonga 21:00 - 23:00. Latin English Pub - Troubadour Danni. Jazz Lebowski - Dj Jesus. Retro Hressingarskálinn - Live Jazz session Jazz Rosenberg - Hlynur Ben and band. Lebowski - Dj Halli Einars. 15. May Thursday Austur - Troubadours Einar and Ingo. B5 - Troubadours live. Danske Kro - Troubadour Pétur. English Pub - Troubadour Roland. Hressingarskálinn - Sexy House. Dj and Sax. Lebowski - Movie Quiz. Dj Anna Brá. Retro Rosenberg - The Princess and the Durts.

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19. May Monday Danske Kro - Troubadour Ingi Valur. English Pub - Troubadour Tryggvi. Lebowski - Dj Vala. Jazz Hressingarskálinn - Live Jazz session Jazz Rosenberg - Gímaldin band. Continued....


CALENDAR 20. May Tuesday Danske Kro - Troubadour Tryggvi. English Pub - Troubadour Ingi Valur. Lebowski - Dj Halli Einars. Retro Jazz Rosenberg - Sessy and friends. 21. May Wednesday Danske Kro - Troubadour Hreimur. English Pub - Troubadour Roland. Kaff itár Cafe -Tango Milonga 21:00 - 23:00. Latin Lebowski - The Dude. Retro Rosenberg - Mixed choir and band. 22. May Thursday Austur - Troubadours Einar and Ingo. B5 - Troubadours live. Danske Kro - Troubadour Pétur. English Pub - Troubadours Ingi and Tryggvi. Hressingarskálinn - Troubadour Böddi Reynis. Lebowski - Movie Quiz. Dj Anna Rakel. Retro Rosenberg - Mark Brink album release. 23. May Friday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Austur - Dj Danni Deluxe. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk B5 - Resident Dj. Danske Kro - Troubadours Roland and Biggi. English Pub - Troubadours Ingi and Tryggvi. Hressingarskálinn -Saxxy House. Dj and Sax. Lebowski - Djs Vala and Katz. Retro 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Loftið - Dj Simon FKNHDS Rosenberg - Andrea Gylfa & Petur Sigurðar. Jazz 24. May Saturday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Austur - Dj Maggi. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk B5 - Resident Dj. Danske Kro - Troubadours Ingi, Hjálmar and Dagur. English Pub - Troubadours Tryggvi, Eiríkur and Steini. Hressingarskálinn - Fox Train Safari band. Lebowski - Djs Anna Rakel and Rúnar. Retro 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Loftið - Djs Hannes and Dóri. Rosenberg - KK and Maggi Folk Jazz 25. May Sunday Danske Kro - Troubadour Raggi. English Pub -Troubadour Danni. Jazz Hressingarskálinn - Live Jazz session Lebovski - Dj Halli Einars. Retro 26. May Monday Danske Kro - Troubadours. English Pub - Troubadour. Ingi Valur.

Hip/Hop

R/B

Funk

Rock

Disco

Tecno

Pop

Electr

Blues

Reggae

Soul

Indie

House

Latin

Jazz

80's

Hressingarskálinn - Live Jazz session Lebowski - Dj Vala. Rosenberg - Mandolin and band. 27. May Danske Kro - Troubadour. English Pub -Troubadour Tryggvi. Lebowski - The Dude. Rosenberg - Flamenco.

Jazz Jazz

Tuesday Retro

28. May Wednesday Danske Kro - Troubadour. English Pub - Troubadours Roland and Maggi. Hressingarskálinn - Krulludýrið band. Kaff itár Cafe -Tango Milonga 21:00 - 23:00. Latin Lebowski - Dj Anna Rakel. Retro Jazz Rosenberg - Savar Knútur and guests. 29. May Thursday Austur - Troubadours Einar and Ingo. B5 - Troubadours live. Danske Kro - Troubadours. English Pub - Troubadours Hjálmar and Dagur. Hressingarskálinn - Dj Arnar M. Lebowski - Movie Quiz. Retro Rosenberg - Belle Ville. 30. May Friday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Austur - Dj Maggi. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk B5 - Resident Dj. Danske Kro - Troubadours English Pub - Troubadours Roland, Ingi and Tryggvi. Hressingarskálinn - Geimflaugin band. Lebowski - Djs Annar Rakel and Anna Brá. Retro 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Loftið - Dj Danni Delux. Rosenberg - Ljótu Hálvitarnir. Flolk 31. May Saturday 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Austur - Dj Danni Deluxe. 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk B5 - Resident Dj. Danske Kro - Troubadours English Pub - Troubadours Hjálmar, Eiríkur and Steini. Hressingarskálinn - The Span band. Lebowski - Djs Jesus and Katz. Retro 80's Hip/Hop Pop Funk Loftið - Dj Jói B. Rosenberg - Ljótu Hálvitarnir. Flolk


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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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MADE IN ICELAND

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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BEERS

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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