Reykjavik is a bustling little city, with a booming nightlife & a vibrant culture. Here are some of the very best ways to enjoy your nights in the capital.

Reykjavik is a small city with a very large personality. Besides being situated in the middle of glorious scenery and stunning natural formations, it also has a booming nightlife and vibrant culture, so if you're not sure what to do in Reykjavik at night, don't worry because we have you covered.

Below is a selection of some of the best things you can do if you ever find yourself in Iceland’s capital of an evening.

Taste the crafts at Skúli Craft Bar 

Fancy yourself as a bit of a beer connoisseur? Why not head over to Skúli Craft Bar and taste test a few of their very own craft beers, with a selection of 14 to try out at any given time. An overall number of 130+ craft beers to choose from, this is a great place to set up camp for an evening out in Reykjavik.

This lovely, intimate bar is a great place to spend some time if you’re in reykjavik, whether you want to just taste some local brewed beer, chat to some locals at the bar of have a go at beating the top score on the old skool Pac-Man machine they have - it’s got you covered. 

Now, as much as we recommended Skúli Craft Bar, we cannot be held responsible for any sore heads the following day! 

Silhouettes of people dancing in a Reykjavik nightclub.

Hear some live music at Húrra

If you’re in search of some live music then one place we’d suggest checking out would be Húrra. This music venue/nightclub plays host to a great mixture of different genres and acts and is a definite option if you’re wondering what to do in Reykjavik at night.

You’ll find they play an eclectic mix of different genres, suitable for visitors of all tastes, so don’t be put off - we’re sure you’ll have a great time even if what’s on isn’t necessarily ‘your jam’. 


Groove away at Paloma

Reykjavik’s biggest dance venue, Paloma is definitely a place to visit if you’re looking for somewhere to dance the night away. This renowned club is considered one of the city’s hubs when it comes to electronic music, especially during the weekends when often there will be various DJ’s laying down the beats. 

Don’t worry if you’re not a massive dancer, there’s also a pool table with one floor promoting a more bar/pub feel as opposed to the heavy hitting beats and strobe lights of a club. 

Taste some of Reykjavik’s best fast food hotspots

Iceland isn’t all fancy restaurants and obscure delicacies, we also know how to enjoy some good fast food too. So if you’re looking for some cheap things to do in Iceland then we’d definitely suggest exploring some of the more casual street food scene. 

First up on our list is a cool pizza joint known simply as Hverfisgata 12. This is a great place to grab some delicious sourdough based pizza, and just kick back and chill. It’s pretty laid back so don’t feel the need to rock up suited and booted for this one. 

Slice of pizza on a napkin with a pint of beer.

Second, there’s Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. Now don’t be fooled by the very basic aesthetic of this place, because the hot dogs are incredible. There is a slight difference to the hot dogs you’re used to, as these dogs are made of lamb meat and served with a selection of sweet sauces, making it a unique yet delicious delicacy you’ll just love. 

Lastly, we want to share about the Noodle Station. Here they serve some of the best noodles in town (in case you hadn’t guessed). In fact, this place has become somewhat of an embraced national treasure, adored by locals and out-of-town visitors. This is a place which is slightly different from the norm but one we’d strongly suggest checking out if you’re in town. 


Now you’ve got the night started, let’s focus on the day time. Here we have put together some of the best sights to see in Reykjavik to make your trip as fascinating as possible! Make sure you have time for everything with our selection of affordable hire cars.