Iceland has one of the highest costs of living in Europe, only second to Switzerland, so when it comes to socialising, you better keep yourself to a budget or find yourself a good deal. Heading out for a meal or a few drinks with friends might sound scary for your wallet at first, but rest assured, you can always find a way to make the system work for you.
With a plethora of bars and eateries stretching from Hlemmur Square all the way down to Grandi Harbour, locals and tourists alike are spoiled for choice. The quality of food Reykjavík has to offer is second to none, making a downtown apartment kitchen feel neglected. With simple dishes to 6 course tasting platters, there is always something on the menu suitable for any occasion.
Pub crawls are common place, with nearly every bar, café and restaurant offering happy hour deals for patrons. As there is no entry fee to most locales, you can go from a wine bar, to upmarket brasserie, and end up in one of Reykjavík's many Irish pubs. You soon learn to find your local haunts and your favourite place to catch up with friends, which is all that really matters on those cold winter nights. Just don't forget to toast, as they say in Icelandic, Skál!