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Nightlife in Reykjavik

Nightlife in Reykjavik

Like Iceland's nature, Reykjavik's nightlife has gained a reputation of being wild and untamed,legendary for its energy and stamina. It's not uncommon on weekends to spend entire nights partying at one of the city's many nightclubs, known for their cool atmosphere and stylish patrons, and then walk out to a carnival-like atmosphere of the streets. Reykjavik offers nightclubs to suit a variety of tastes in terms of decor and music.

Clubs and pubs in Reykjavik
The distinction between bars, pubs, cafés and dance clubs is pretty blurry in Reykjavík. But that's the fun part. You can get all of these in just a short stroll around  the downtown and experience all extremes of a typical metropolitan nightlife in one of the smallest capitals in the world. These establishments are generally open quite late, some until five or six in the morning, but thankfully there are a few late-night pizza or sandwich joints open downtown for hungry party goers.

Live Music in Reykjavik
Reykjavik's eclectic music scene is gaining popularity from far and wide, and it goes far beyond Björk and Sigur Rós. The Icelandic music scene is comprised of a large number of genres, with everything from hardcore punk and indie to chamber music and hip-hop, though it does have its own special sound. In Reykjavik, visitors can take in a small concert almost every night of the week. Large music festivals, such as Iceland Airwaves in autumn and Aldrei Fór Ég Suður over Easter weekend, are also doing their best to bring Icelandic music to the international spotlight.

Icelandic Beer & Spirits
People say that the beer tastes so great in Iceland because the water is so clean. While that may be a bit of Icelandic bravado talking, it is certainly an undeniable fact that the Icelandic beer really is well worth a taste.  Beer was mysteriously banned in Iceland until March 1, 1989 but now there are many brands to choose from, including a growing number of microbrews. Visitors should also sample Iceland's infamous schnapps, Brennivin, which is usually paired with Icelandic delicacies like fermented shark or dried fish.