This bar was designed and decorated by Austrian architect Adolf Loos in his distinctive art nouveau style in 1908. The very elegant and dimly lit bar is pretty small and usually very crowded but it's also possible to sit outside on the terrace - you lose some of the ambience, but you get to watch people as they walk up nearby Kärtnerstrasse with their arms usually full of shopping bags. It's a trendy place with sharply-dressed waiters and although it might seem a bit intimidating at first, you quickly realize that eveyone is welcome at the American Bar. Our waiter was very friendly and he seemed happy to see we were enjoying ourselves. The cocktail list is pretty extensive (and expensive) but I though it was worth splurging for one night :o)
Dress Code: Dressy casual
I thought I'd include this cafe in my nightlife tips because it's a nice place to go to spend an evening in Vienna. Cafe Hawelka dates back to 1939, when husband and wife Leopold and Josephine Hawelka opened this place together. Although it never gained the reputation of the Central or Landtmann cafes, it quickly became popular with the Viennese artistic and Bohemian communities - it was a place for emerging artists rather than establised intellectuals. The very cosy cafe is a great place to go when you feel like spending a quiet evening talking with friends or even a romantic one with your significant other.
Dress Code: Casual
When you take a walk at night in Vienna, it is worth to walk a few hundred meters from Stephansdom to Hoher Markt in order to see the lighted Anker Uhr.
In my opinion it even looks better than during the day, although you may not see some of the surrounding Art Nouveau / Jugendstil - ornaments of the facade at night.
Dress Code: NO special dresscode required, but maybe you get some icecream of the nearby "Cafe Zanoni & Zanoni"
There is something for everyone in Vienna, from rock to salsa!...
My favorite is club was JAZZLAND (Franz-Josefs-Kai 29) Great live jazz gigs every night. Its located in a cellar under St. Ruprecht’s church! The cover charge is usually 11 euros
Other jazz clubs are JOE ZAWINUL’S BIRDLAND (At the Hilton Vienna 3., Am Stadtpark 3) and PORGY & BESS (at Riemergasse 11)
For bigger rock concerts go to ARENA (Baumgasse 80), to PLANET MUSIC (Adalbert-Stifter-Strasse 73) or to GASOMETER (Guglgasse 12). I saw Within Temptation there and it was great.
One small but good metal pub is GRAFFITY (Krugerstr. 8) near Stephansplatz, We also heard good hard rock music at ROCK PUB(Gölsdorfgasse 2) where you can also play some board games.
A nice gothic pub is SCHLAWINER (Elisabethstr. 13) but the owener was completely drunk and his was playing table soccer with himself!!! Funny and weird moment at the same time!
We enjoyed some salsa music at HAVANA (Mahlerstrasse 11) but check also FLORIDITA, NUEVA VISTA, HOT PEPPER, RON CON SODA
If you want to dance go to a disco (nightclub refers to a strip bar!).
More info at http://www.falter.at/
This is the oldest jazzclub in Vienna (since 1972). Music is played in a 5oo-year old cellar. It is a special atmosphere -
old but pleasant and you can see a lot of photos of famous musicians who played here. The local food served is good and not expensive. The club starts from 7pm and music starts at 9pm. Entrance fees: about 25 €.
Dress Code: very informal
On a Saturday night, I ventured by myself to a pub named Shebeen that was located a few blocks from my hotel. It labels itself as "the international pub" -- so I figured that it would have a diverse crowd. Fortunately, it was early enough that I was able to find an open seat at the bar. After ordering a Stiegl (local Austrian beer), I struck up a conversation with some English-speaking folks who were sitting to one side of me. As luck would have it, these people were extremely friendly -- and they welcomed me into their group with open arms. I ended up staying at Shebeen for a few hours -- and met a lot of people before I left. And, true to its designation as "the international pub", I recall meeting people from Austria, England, Wales, Australia, Germany, France, and Spain.
When I told one guy that I was a short-term tourist, he expressed surprise that I had found this place. Since Shebeen is located well outside of the city center, most of its customers are either expats working in Vienna or locals (who may or may not have originally been from Vienna).
If you are in the neighborhood (7th district), I highly recommend a visit to this extremely friendly international pub!
Dress Code: Casual
I enjoyed a few brews here with some friends. Friendly atmosphere with some activities downstairs. Weekends it was fairly packed. They could have had a better selection of beers. I did not try the food...
It was built by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde and opened on 6 January 1.870. Apart from being a very beautiful bulding, it's famous for housing, the Goldene Saal (Golden Hall), the Concert of New Year every 1 of January.
- Fax: (+43) (1) 505 81 90
If you are craving a touch of the Irish this is it.
Paddy O'Briens, also know as "The Irish House" is the real thing. It has cheap beer and is always full but be prepared for tons of smoke and even more drunks as the night weres on.
The main pub is in the cellar.
Dress Code: casual
Austrian Officers-Ball is to take place on January 16th, 2009 (Jan 15th, 2010) at the Vienna Hofburg Palace.
Tickets can be ordered also online, via the ball's website at
The ball is one of the typical Viennese events and to be highly recommended
for everybody who likes to dance and to have fun in the ball-season.
See more about prices, student-tickets, seat reservations and dress-code etc at the website mentioned.
Dress Code: Formal Evening Dress
Ladies: Long evening dress, Uniform (mess dress, medals)
Gentlemen: Uniform (mess dress, medals), Tail-coat (white tie), Tuxedo (black tie)
The Ball committee reserves the right to refuse entry to inappropriately dressed guests.
I have been sunday and monday night in the Latin Club Floridita in the Johannesgasse 3. It was quite crowded, and as I was told, not only because of the Euro Cup. Music was a very good mix, especially more than usual cuban salsa songs ( at least as I am used to in other clubs - and that is the style I like most).
The audience was quite mixed, and let´s say it like this: "enough" Latinos for a good atmosphere of a LATIN Club and not only a Salsa-Dancefloor.
By the way, on monday night there shall be always Live-Music. As I arrived late, I didn´t see it, but there was a little Dance Show (not sure if this was program or just by chance).
On sunday night I always wanted to try the Club El Dorado in the same street, Johannesgasse 20, but when I arrived there at around 1am in the morning they already closed meanwhile Floridita was open until at least 3am.
Dress Code: no dress code, no entry fee on these days.
Located within one of Vienna's greatest museums, during the day, the place functions as a conventional cafe and restaurant and three nights a week it turns into a club with DJs and party crowds.
The cafe/restaurant is open Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 2pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm. The disco operates only Thursday through Saturday 9:30pm till between 2 and 3am, depending on business.
In the InterContinental Hotels ground floor there is a very high standard bar which offers fine snacks and wines and other liquors. For that special moment, it comes highly recommended!
Dress Code: Very smart. You don't have to be a hotel resident to enter.
"Halle" is located in Museumsquartier, in the premises of the historic winter riding arena- therefore the building is great, with high, stuccoed ceilings. They change their interieur quite often, at the moment they have grass green cosy lounge sofas. It is where people typically go right after work, around 7 p.m., but also on weekend it is quite crowded till late with a lot of beautiful people and loud music. Food is also good (the owner is Bernd Schlacher, the same guy who owns the restaurant "Motto" in 5th district), I would say it is the best place to eat in Museumsquartier and staff is friendly and quite fast.
Strandbar Herrmann opened last summer and immediately became very popular. It is located at Donaukanal, a canal going through Vienna. You just have to go down the stairs close to the Urania building. They put some sand there, canvas chairs, umbrellas and tables. They sell drinks at 2 stands. It is quite popular to go there immediately after work- very often they have Djs there from 6 p.m. on. It is No. 2 on the list of the 25 "hottest clubs" worldwide- at least according to Condé nast traveler magazine :).
Dress Code: ideally you come with some flip flops because of the sand, knee lenght trousers or skirts- or just a bikini :)
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