Bar Hopping In Reykjavik, Iceland

Themed Bars In Reykjavik

If you find yourself in Reykjavík at the weekend, you know you’re not going to be short of a bar or two as it’s well-known as the party capital of Europe.  You’ll find bars and clubs at nearly every corner in the main city area.  The clubs and bars aren´t large in size but they are usually full of people who party until the wee small hours as most bars are open til 5am.  The great thing about Reykjavík is the sheer amount of bars that you’ll find within walking distance of the main street, Laugavegur.  It’s one of the city’s busiest strips and you can spend the whole night going from one place to another without walking very far as Reykjavik itself is really small.

The downside, however, is that Iceland is one of the most expensive countries in the world to buy a drink, but at the moment the Icelandic exchange rate is on the down, so it was fairly cheap when I went in September.

Lebowski Bar

Lebowski Bar

You’ll find plenty of themed pubs here, English, Irish, Danish, Celtic, including the obvious ones like the Ice Bar.   The bar-scene also changes very rapidly in Reykjavík but whether you’re into RnB, Indie, pop or hip-hop, you’ll not have to walk too far to find somewhere you like.

The distinction between cafés, pubs, bars and clubs is far from clear in Reykjavik, with many daytime cafés turning into tightly packed bars and clubs as the night goes on.

LEBOWSKI BAR

One of the most well-known themed bars is The Lebowski Bar, based on the film The Big Lebowski.

The Lebowski Bar, Reykjavik

The Lebowski Bar, Reykjavik

The Lebowski Bar

The Lebowski Bar

The inside of the Lebowski Bar is decorated as a mock 1950s diner/ bowling alley/ lounge with still shots of the film adorning the walls and retro kitsch like the Juke Box sitting in a corner.

The Juke Box

The Juke Box

It’s dark inside save for the neon lighting.  The walls around the actual bar area are covered with what looks like a version of the famous rug from the film.

The Bar Area with a Rug around the walls

The Bar Area with a Rug around the walls

Seating Area

Seating Area

The next themed bar I came across was The Beatles Bar as it’s commonly known, or to give it it’s proper name Ob-la-di Ob-la-da.

OB-LA-DI OB-LA-DA – (OR THE BEATLES BAR)

The Beatles Bar is a live music venue and is really small, so it does get really packed in here at night.  You’ll find this just off the main strip down a small side street.

Obladi Oblada

Obladi Oblada

It had the most fabulous display of Beatles original artworks on the wall.

Beatles Artwork

Beatles Artwork

And some great photographs….

Beatles Photographs

Beatles Photographs

The Icon Wall

The Icon Wall

And here we have the live music area and stage.  It gets really packed in here as it’s so tiny!

The Live Music area and Stage

The Live Music area and Stage

Tips for Visiting Reykjavik:

  • You’ll find most of the bars and clubs along the Laugavegar, the main strip and high street of Reykjavik.

  • Most of the bars don’t start to come alive until after midnight, because the cost of drink means that you stay at home and have a pre-drink before you go out!

  • Most of the bars and clubs turn into cafes during the day.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Author: Debbie

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