Kaffibarinn is probably the most famous bar in Reykjavik. It’s been a popular meeting point among locals and foreign visitors for years. Kaffibarinn typically draws university crowds as well as local bohems and people in their thirties and forties - making it a melting pot for various types of groups and stereotypes. It’s not a big place but pretty well organized. Weekdays Kaffibarinn is more like a café, but during weekends the venue changes into a party place where all the most popular local Dj’s play; recent dance, techno, house and indie music with a mix of golden oldies.The bar is famous for being co-owned for a short period by the singer/songwriter Damon Albarn from Blur and Gorillas - who used to be a local guest at the bar when he stayed here.
Location: Bergstaðarstræti 1
Húrra is a bar/music venue/night club located downtown Reykjavik. The place has an artistic vibe - with dim features and quite a spacious back room for concerts. It’s a popular rendez vous among young local hipsters. There’s often some program during the week - that might be in the form of; concert, pub quiz or a movie night. On Friday and Saturday night’s there are frequently concerts where you can catch popular bands from the music scene in Iceland (for a small entrance fee). Later in the night the place turns into a nightclub where talented young Dj’s keep up the groove.
Location: Tryggvagata 22
Paloma is a popular late dance night club in Reykjavik, attracting local dance enthusiastics and hardcore techno lovers. Paloma regularly represents notable Dj’s from the techno scene in Iceland as well as having bigger events with well known international names. Paloma is a two floor bar - the main bar is located upstairs and where main Dj’s perform during weekends. The decor holds onto it’s original features with raw drift wood ceiling and lava rock formed bar, that is in the shape of a viking ship. In the basement there’s a small bar and a pool table and usually more chilled and relaxed atmosphere.
Location: Naustin 1-3