I don't know why but I always seem to end up in an irish bar when i'm away. They're everywhere. I came here a couple of times on both trips and i'm glad to say that I got hammered on the Guiness. There's a good atmosphere here and its always busy. Its a spacious bar with lots of seating and a waiter service.
Dress Code: None that I could see.
pharmacy bar lounge is really one of the best bars in graz. we go there really often.
the music they play is really cool and comes from london.
they have alot of different cocktails which they have created themselves. i tried a spicy chocolate martini-it was amazing.
they have a garden out the back in a courtyard where you can drink until 23.00.
they have a rather good selection of finger food and in the summer they do a bbq every thursday in the garden.
there is always loads of good-looking people in the bar.
Graz is Austria`s second largest city and has it`s second large opera house. The building seems to be baroque style, but actually it dates from the end of the 19th century. Currently you can see for example the Nutcracker, Rigoletto, Carmen or Cole Porter`s Anything goes (which was a solid performance, a bit lenghty though). Tickets are cheaper than what you have to pay for an evening at Vienna opera. A ball takes place there once a year- the "Opernredoute". In case you are just interested in the building- for a fee of about EUR 3,5 you can participate in a guided tour.
Dress Code: Like everywhere dressing up in an elegant way is part of an evening at the opera- though you can always see someone wearing jeans
pharmacy bar has been open for just over a year. (in october 2005 i think?)
we go there on a regular basis. the cocktails are fantastic, alot of which are pharmacy self creations. i like the spicy chocolate martini, it is excellent.
the atmosphere is really cool and the people are really goodlooking.
they have fresh oysters every day, which can be combined with a guinness.
they also have very tasty finger food, unsual and amazing things that you wont find anywhere else.
the music they play comes from london and is not at all commercial.
one of the owners comes from england.
they have a really cute beer garden in summer.
This place can be found opposite the Stern Bar. Its another lively bar that is popular with students. I went here a couple of times on both my stays here but it can be very hard to find a seat here, even though the its a mostly seated affair with lots around. The place has a warm but modern & contemporary feel, with a DJ normally present at night. I have to say though that due to the lack of seating this wasn't my favourite bar, however its ok for 1 before moving on.
This was my favourite place to go in the centre after having a meal and I came to this bar on both my visits to Graz. Whilst there are a few windows either side of the entrance, you enter downwards into a cosy cellar environment. However, the bar is popular with students so can be very lively. There was a DJ playing in the rear room, before the toilets, every time I went there. There is another more intimate room at the side, with seating, and I believe that food is served here at certain times. They also do a good line in cocktails and the bar staff are very friendly. I found the general atmosphere to be very friendy here and felt very relaxed. Enjoyed it everytime. Its opposite the Continuum Bar.
I went to this bar a few times on each trip and it was my favourite place to go after the bars in the centre of the old town. Its very popular with the locals (a slightly older crowd) and there is often a small queue to get in. Entrance is 3 Euros. At the entrance there is a coat room, where they issue tickets. Mind the steps up to it when collecting the coat if you've had a few though!
Entering down more steps you enter a long thin cellar with tall ceilings and a massive rectangle bar in the middle. All the revellers group around the edge of the bar and it can get really packed. There is a small dance floor to the front of the bar and a small bar room to the side of the main hall that also gets packed. It really has a good atmosphere and if you don't mind standing then I would recommend this place. It is suprisingly easy to get served as well and the staff are very friendly.
The bar opens from 9:00 and goes on till 5:00 in the morning. Its worth a visit, as Kultus/ Kulturhauskeller is opposite (caters for the younger crowd). There is a late night fast food place up the road as well that sells lovely hot dogs that taste great after a load of lagerbeers. Its a bit of a way from the main Hauptplatz and I would advise getting a taxi there.
This place is opposite the 3 Monkeys and costs 2 euros to get in. Its a lot larger than the 3 monkeys and has a bigger dance floor, which caters to the younger crowd. I liked this place a lot and there are various bars dotted around. Avoid the small one at the end, which has 1 older gentlman with black hair who seems to have a bit of chip on his shoulder. Its away from the main centre and can only be reached by taxi at night. The drivers know where it is. A fast food restaurant is at the end of the road, which offers lovely food after loads of lagerbeers. Make sure you withdraw money prior to getting a taxi here as I had to walk ages from here to find a cashpoint and wouldn't be able to start on telling where it is!
Dress Code: Sorry I can't remember.
Take a walk at night through the city of Graz and you will see, that most of the places of interest are perfectely lighted, and some of them look even better or at least more romantic during the night.
I made a picture-combination with the tomb-stone of Kaiser Ferdinand III, who is burried inside the Mausoleum.
The Mausoleum is a museum today, and I may highly recommend to see its interior during the day !!
Dress Code: There is almost NO place in Graz, that would require formal dresses !
Murinsel ( the artificial island in the river Mur) became a really interesting place and it is beautifully lighted almost all night. At least at the side, where you enter it from Franz-Josephs-Kai you may take a lift in order to get down to the island and a wide path will take you to the amphitheatre that may be used for private performances or simply in order to sit down and enjoy the night. Another great place to spend the evening is the cafe of Musinsel - read more about the cafe of Mur-Insel in in my Restaurant-tip !
Dress Code: There is NO special dress-code for Murinsel, come as you are, nobody will care about it !!
Although I dont like going in to Irish bars in other countries, as it kinda of defeats the object of travelling, this time it was necessary. It was very very cold outside and we had been walking all day long and needed a sit down, and this was the only place we could find.
I must admit that I did have a good time Flann O'Brien's as they stocked a wide range of beers at very very good prices, so needless to say, we stayed there for the night, and consumed several pints of cheap beer.
We did also have some food in there, which was very tasty and came in large portions, so if you have been longing for a pint of your home brew, or even a local brew, head there for a drink, its a cool joint.
Dress Code: No dresscode.
We were wandering around the old town and whilst warlking around one of the many courtyards of Graz, we stumbled upon this charming little wine bar.
It was obviously a very popular spot amongs the locals, that enjoy their favourite glass of wine here.
Its got lots of wine on the shelves, so if you want, you can purchase a bottle to take home with you if you wanted.
They also offered some snacks in the form of olives, breads etc, a real charming place to enjoy a few drinks in the warmth away from the cold.
I was in lots of bars and it's hard to remember and choose which were the best...the advice i give is try them all....
Dress Code: Mostly 'come as you are' but please, no track suits or Burberry clothing. The former will just not go down well with the patrons while the latter will have them on their backs laughing at you.
Being Irish, I love my beer!!!!! So all I can say about Graz is....bloody brilliant!!!! Bars and clubs are so cool. However the downside is that there are so many beers to choose from. I just had to try them all. So my liver is not me best friend anymore!!!!
My favourite was a big Irish bar close to the bottom of the Clock Tower. When I was there in 2004 most other bars we tried were quiet and not very busy. We tried the Irish bar and it was packed!!!! The Guinness was rubbish though so beware...a bad Guinness is the best laxative known to mankind.
In 1993/1994 I tried almost all of the beers on offer. My favourite was Puntigammer and another called Grosser. Both are lovely and recommended.
Dress Code: It's an Irish bar...come as you are...just no track suits!!!
Stern is nice place to sit inside and outside. And it always has some nice music going on.
The sitting outside is within a nice surrounding - big sqaure with fountain and monument right next to it.
Happy Hour is from 17:00 until 20:00 - then you get all cocktails for 4.30euro.
And you also get good things to eat all evening long and breakfast of course.