Nightlife and bars in Reykjavik

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Within walking distance of the nightlife

City Center Hotel is located right in the heart of downtown Reykjavík. Following is a selection of some of downtown Reykjavík‘s most popular bars and nightclubs which are within one minute walking distance of the City Center Hotel.

Active downtown Reykjavik

Please bear in mind that this is not a complete list of all available drinking establishments within a one minute walking distance from the City Center Hotel. These places are however some of the most popular bars in downtown Reykjavík and we believe that information about them could help our guests to enjoy the active nightlife that downtown Reykjavík has to offer.

Bars* and Nightclubs**

Micro bar
Austurstræti 6

The hotel bar is clearly the best place to taste Iceland’s micro-brews. With a wide range of bottled beers and some very good ones on tap you can savor the local and country flavors.

Asturstræti 7

A fully functional steakhouse during the day, Austur changes into an upscale classy bar after restaurant hours. Watch out for the queue.

The English Pub
Austurstræti 12A

With a wide variety of fine ales and whiskey, this is the place to go for a lively hour of football. A very popular pub/sports bar, the English pub also offers occasional live music and a spin the wheel game where you can win up to eight beers.

Bjarni Fel
Austurstræti 20

A sports bar, usually showing sports games of one sort or another on their various  flat screen TVs. Their schedule can be found on their website.

Café Paris 
Austurstræti 14

An upscale street Café with a large bistro menu during restaurant hours. In the evening Café Paris is a good place to relax and have a beer in a friendly atmosphere.

Austurstræti 16

A brand new bar with an elegant atmosphere. Aiming to cater for a specific kind of crowd, Esja has a dress code and a minimum age requirement of 25.

Hressó - Hressingarskálinn
Pósthússtræti 13

Offering both breakfast and dinner (and dessert) during the day, at night Hressingarskálinn becomes an energetic busy bar with an occasionally busy dance floor.  Gamla Pósthúsið (the old posthouse)

Íslenski Barinn (The Icelandic Bar)
Pósthússtræti 9

A very popular bar with a laid back atmosphere and no specific type of crowd in general, a good place to sit down with some friends. Íslenski barinn offers a variety of Icelandic foods as well as a more generic bar menu, and is the only place in Reykjavík where they serve Kaldi, a Icelandic beer, (translated as "the Cold One") on draft.

Austurstræti 9

A brand new café/bar with a full bistro/grill food menu during restaurant hours. The Laundromat has a particularly chilled vibe and is ideal for hanging out for prolonged periods of time. A variety of books (over 5000 titles) and board games are available.

*All bars are open to 01:00 on weekdays and usually 03:00 - 06:00 on weekends
**The distinction between bar and nightclub is a little shaky, the main difference is that nightclubs often charge for entrance and usually have bigger events available.

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