NIght Clubs & bars, Vienna
I had no idea that Vienna would have such a cool nightlife. The people from my hostel wanted to have a few nights on the town while they waited for their Czech visas to arrive, and I was in the midst of enjoying all things Vienna, so I definitely wanted to tag along. One night was dedicated to Mozart and Strauss, but I won't write about that in a nightlife tip, but the other two nights were nights of unending fun. Vienna nightlife; a true surprise to me!
The first nightclub we went to was Flex. We had seen signs all over town about an MTV hosted party, and figured that it might be the best event. The problem was that it was going on at 5 clubs at once! One ticket got you entrance into all of them. We chose Flex, because it was listed in our guidebooks and it's proximity. Turned out to be a great choice. The nightclub was packed and the music rangd from hard trance to very little house. My kind of dance music. Needless to say, we never tried the other clubs; all of us were having WAY too much fun where we were. I don't know if it like that every night, or if it was just good for the MTV thing, but it is worth going to.
Its location is real unique, as you have to walk down to the riverside canal and its sort of an undergound, hidden club. Very cool place.
Dress Code: Club wear
Sometimes town planners' mistakes of bygone eras can prove to be a blessing in disguise. The Babenberger Passage under Vienna's Ringstrasse boulevard was originally designed as a pedestrian underpass linking the Hofburg Palace and the Kunsthistorisches Museum so as to prevent overground vehicle traffic from being held up.
This idea has long since been consigned to history, and the Babenberger Passage was unused for many years until it was recently given a new lease of life as a thriving club. The venue is operated by Sunshine Enterprises, the event management group that turned the Meierei in Stadtpark (City Park) into a popular night spot.
Although the building work lasted somewhat longer than expected the end result was definitely worth the wait. The atmosphere is futuristic, and the flexible design elements, combined with state-of-the-art lighting systems at times almost give the impression of being on a spaceship instead in a former imperial capital.
And the music? The programme features club, dance and house - and visitors can be sure of a lot of funky beats. If this calls Kruder & Dorfmeister or Nigel Hayes to mind, you're on the right lines.
One thing that I learned on my trip, is that every city in the world has an Irish bar. No matter where I went I saw one. I'd have to say that this was the best of the lot, with all due respect to the one in Barcelona, which I can't remember the name of...
Anyway, this is a great, typical Irish bar with all the usual amenities: Guiness, dark wood decor flanked by various green shamrocks. What more do you need in an Irish bar? Drinks were good adn the atmosphere was great.
The only drawback was the smoke; but thats every bar in Europe, so get used to it.
Dress Code: Normal clothes; jeans are fine.
Champions is a sports bar in the Marriott hotel and is also open to non-residents. For a sports bar it comes as no surprise that the place is chock full with TV sets - there are usually several sports being shown at once. The prices of the food and drink are very reasonable - a large cocktail is around EUR 6.50 to EUR 7.00 - for which price you get a good sized cocktail - I would recommend the Strawberry Colada and Daiquiris from last visit's experience. There are numerous beers on tap and the staff are friendly. If you are not a fan of sport then you might find the sound from the sport a bit too loud for your liking, but nevertheless it is a pleasant enough place to stop fro a cocktail.
Dress Code: Most people are fairly casually dressed but smart. There is no apparent dress code but they might claim to be full if they don't like how you are dressed.
This is very good place for jazz lovers.You can listen different groups every evening.We listened ''Riverside Stompers" and enjoyed very much.
Live music starts at 9.Entrance fee is 11 Euro and for each drink you should pay 7-10 Euros.
Dress Code: What you would like to wear.
The American Bar is a tiny bar - it is the mirrors with their trompe l'oeil effect that actually make the place seem big - and often too full to contemplate going to. They have an active policy against tourists popping in to photograph - the privilege is reserved for patrons of the bar only. The décor inside is constructed out off darkwood and marble - with its stained-glass facade being perhaps more photogenic - the darkness inside will prevent covert non-flash photography shots from coming out particularly well. The drinks are at the pricier end of things - you are paying for the architecture and the building's proximity to the Stephansdom, and it is possibly a place to meet, but not to stay the whole evening. It having been designed by Adolf Loos in 1908 seems to have helped perpetuate its fame.
Dress Code: Smartish - although the only real dress code is that you shouldn't look like a tourist after a photo.
In Vienna we have clubs in various historic buildings, in museums, in champagne cellars etc. But these locations change every few months. So, if you want to go out for dancing in Vienna, I recommend you to check out these pages first: www.vienna.at and www.diskothek.at - there you`ll find an event calendar and a lot of party pictures. The age range of people who go to these clubs is maybe between 18 and 40. Entrance fees are usually between 8 and 10 EUR.
Vienna has an active nightlife, especially on the weekend. The young and trendy go out by 10 pm and would stay out till the wee hours of the morning. There are many clubs and bars in Vienna to cater for the outgoing and night-active crowds.
One of the nicest bar is Alcazar Cocktail Bar near Karlplatz, located on the 1st floor. It is a medium size bar, that play good music and has some cosy sitting areas. Alcazar also makes great cocktails at great prices and at 11pm, the prices of the cocktails will be 50% off.
Barfly's in the Hotel Fürst Metternich is a well kept secret that has been around for 12 years now. Service is good, the cocktail card one of the largest you'll ever come across and the music not overly intrusive. Some might find it too smoky - the ventilation is not great, but the cocktails are more reasonably priced than in Sky Bar and the waiters more attentive. Frank Sinatra and other artistes of that ilk are played in the background. There is a well-stocked humidor and the atmosphere is refined and very pleasant.
It is open from 6pm daily - reservations are recommended but not always essential. There is a cloakroom service which is compulsory - but reasonably priced. There are often special events.
Dress Code: Smart casual - refreshingly unstuffy.
This has to be one of my favourite places to go dancing on a Friday night! Arrive at around 10pm when the back bar opens and try and find yourself somewhere to sit! The music is arabic and the atmosphere is great! I was there in December 2004 and there were belly dancers and everyone was partying to some great music. If you're not too keen on dancing there are some lovely sofas in Moroccan style rooms where you can drink or a delicious menu for things such as Tagine and other northern african delights. If you are lucky enough to be quite well off there's also a hammam!
Dress Code: Quite smart to get in.
Santo Spirito is tucked away on Kumpfgasse and offers food and drink. The food is mainly Italian and Mediterranean - with mainly smaller dishes and antipasti, although main courses are also available - salads and pastas being particularly predominant on the menu. There is a screen and projector which shows opera and classical music concerts - they often show the Last Night of the Proms. Santo Spirito has a predominantly gay crowd, and is a well-established haunt of the Viennese gay community, although there is no strictly gay admission policy, with cabaret divas often popping in after their shows. The atmosphere is pleasant and relaxed, the noise level not too high and you can sit down and have pleasant conversation with friends. The music is not intrusive, but merely adds to the ambience. The staff are generally pleasant with service being generally good.
Dress Code: Smartish although there is no real dress-code as such.
Night life is just great in Wien. Clubs and bars are geathering students from all over the world. Chalsea club is beneath the rail tracks between 2 metro stations of U6 brown metro line, between Aster and Josefstädter Strasse. Pub with huge dancefloor, the music they play focuses on rock. The right place to get involved in an all-night-long booze-up. Often open til morning. Lots of ultimate draft beers don`t allow me to remember the details, but certenly it was one of my best going outs.
This venue (I am reliably informed) was once a well-known porno cinema but is now a respectable jazz club.
It is on 2 levels so you can watch the performers at their level or from a balcony above. The club has a nice atmosphere and is open late. It is smoky of course but that's Vienna.
Dress Code: None.
After a great pre-party at my friend's place and New Year's celebration right on Stephansplatz we ended up in Excess. The music was really good so we were dancing all the time, till our legs couldn't take it anymore. It was pretty crowded but teh atmosphere was great.
St Ruprechts area--or the "Bermuda Triangle"--is known as one of Vienna's best areas for bars and music. We wandered over for dinner and some beer prior to taking the overnight train to Prague. We found several bars, many with cheesy American names until settling on a place right on Ruprechtsplatz. Here we had 2 beers and some good "sandwiches" with meat and cheese melted on a slice of bread for 15 EUR. We chose this bar because it was pretty crowded on a Tuesday night in January while many of the other places were empty.
This is definitely one the least expensive areas in central Vienna for beer and food, and one of the best places for a casual evening out...no snobby operas, grand balls, or fancy tuxedos here.
A similar collection of somewhat casual bars, pubs and restaurants is in the Spittelberg area--several pedestrian-only streets just 2 blocks from the Volkstheater U-Bahn entrance.