Recommended in Reykjavik

For a small city, Reykjavik has a great range of nightlife. Whether you want to party until dawn or just relax with a quiet drink, there’s something to suit you.

Lebowski Bar on Laugavegur is one of the city’s most unusual bars. Inspired by the Coen brothers film The Big Lebowski, you can expect movie posters, a bowling alley and plenty of White Russian cocktails. Another good spot if you like cocktails is Myrargata’s Slippbarinn. This smart bar in the harbour creates inventive cocktails and also has art exhibitions, live music and comedy shows. If you’re more of a beer fan then try Laugavegur’s Kaldi Bar. It’s a brewery bar which serves four of their own brews, including an unfiltered one which is a favourite with locals.

Kaffibarinn on Bergstaðastræði is the city’s best known bar and a great place to go dancing later in the evening. Its DJs play the latest electronic dance music and it’s popular with Reykjavik’s media and fashion crowds. You’ll have no problem finding it as there’s a London Underground sign outside. This is because it was once part owned by Blur singer Damon Albarn.

Laugavegur’s Boston is another popular choice with a stylish vintage décor of antiques and chandeliers. Their DJs play a mix of jazz and classic tunes, and if you’re there for happy hour from 4pm to 8pm you can check out the fantastic views over Reykjavik from the patio.

Austur on Austurstraeti is one of the few dedicated clubs in Reykjavik, and the place to go if you’re looking for some serious dance music. Inside it’s sleek and modern with lots of chrome and glass mosaic walls, where you can drink cocktails and dance until dawn. It’s the one place in town where you’ll find dress codes, queues and VIP tables.