With beer drinking prohibited in Iceland until 1989 and the long winter nights keeping everyone indoors, it’s no wonder than Icelandics have embraced their newfound freedom with a wave of modern bars and nightclubs. You’ll never be short of evening entertainment in the capital and today the nightlife in Reykjavik is legendary, with a thriving music and DJ scene and dance clubs teeming with fashionable partygoers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Much of Reykjavik’s nightlife centers around the weekly pub-crawls known as ‘rúntur’, when huge crowds of revelers hit the bars and clubs along the central Laugavegur street. Most locals don’t hit the town until late and stay out until the early hours of the morning, so if you’re planning a DIY crawl of Reykjavik’s trendiest joints, make sure you pace yourself and bring plenty of cash, as drinking in Iceland can be pricey.
Alternatively, opt for a guided tour of the Olgerdin Egill Skallagrimsson Brewery, the oldest in Reykjavik, where you’ll discover the secrets behind Iceland’s most popular beers (allegedly owing their unique taste to the clarity of Icelandic water) and get to sample local specialty Brennivin schnapps.