The perception among Reykjavík's gays and lesbians is that the city's wild nightlife doesn't extend as much to them. The population is just too small to support a major "scene." On the upside, gay and lesbian visitors feel personally welcomed, not lost in the crowd. Reykjavík is also more integrated than you might expect; there's no "gay neighborhood," and only two bars -- both quiet cafes by day -- have any sort of officially gay identity. Cafe Cozy, Austurstræti 3 (tel. 511-1033), is a mixed gay-straight bar that's jam-packed on weekends. Q Bar, Ingólfsstræti 3 (tel. 551-9660), also welcomes straights but is more officially designated a gay bar. Q has plenty of loungy seating, the music isn't too overbearing, and DJs play Wednesday to Saturday.
For more info and activities, the website www.gayice.is posts a schedule of events. The Reykjavík Gay Pride Festival (www.gaypride.is) usually takes place the first week of August. The gay and lesbian community center, Samtökin '78, Laugavegur 3, 4th floor (tel. 552-7878; www.samtokin78.is), holds open-house social gatherings at their Rainbow Cafe Mondays and Thursdays 8 to 11:30pm and Saturdays 9pm to 1am (Thurs nights are especially popular among lesbians). Their library is open during these gatherings and on weekdays from 1 to 5pm. The Icelandic lesbian organization Konur Með Konum (www.kmk.is) posts events and useful information, like where to join the KMK gals for a game of volleyball. Gay and lesbian student visitors are usually welcome at parties sponsored by the University of Iceland's GLB organization every other week or so; email email@example.com for the lowdown.
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