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Summer Stage: Riverside bars & restaurants
Summer stage is a small conglomerate of open-air restaurants and bars, a few sports facilities (there's a volleyball field and some pétanque areas), and occasional art exhibitions by the Danube Canal.
As the name implies, it's only open in summertime. The crowd is mixed, the atmosphere is nice (when the weather is), prices aren't cheap but acceptable.
Dress Code: Informal
Strandbar Herrmann: A beach bar where you wouldn't expect it
Following a trend established by some other European cities such as Berlin, some people have been trying to create a beach atmosphere in one of the city's dullest spots, the Danube Canal.
This has worked surprisingly well - the "Strandbar Herrmann" has become a trendy spot both in summer (when it operates as a chic, but relaxed beach bar) and in winter (when it's something like a glorified Glühweinstand). While nobody will be tempted to actually jump into the rather dirty canal, there's a pretty good imitation of a beach with deckchairs and free wireless Internet for patrons. In the evenings, the place gets a bit more of a "club" atmosphere.
Prices are above average.
Dress Code: Informal dress is OK
discos,pubs & Restaurants: Just a small intro
Due to my sickness during my time in Vienna I wasn't fortunate enough to discover nightlife that much. I've been told that the most popular place to go to would be Bermuda Dreieck "Bermuda Triangle where you can finf loads of pubs and clubs. I was there one evening and only saw highschool kids getting drunk, which is not where I would want to spend my night at. I might be mistaken though, so if you want chek it by yourself.
Guinness is more expensive than in Dublin, but their beer would cost you around 3 euro. I think a glass of wine is around 2 euro, although coffee and tea are too expensive for what ithey really are (almoust 3 euro, and even 4 euro in one place just for tea- how can a cup of hot watter and a bag of tea cost 4 euro- I have no idea).
Bermuda Brau: Happy Hour
Bermuda Brau is located in the Bermuda Triangle, and is a great place to meet people. It is very crowded with the after-work crowd, and then stays pretty crowded throughout the evening. It has been a good starting point when heading out within the Bermuda Triangle.
Dress Code: Casual
Flanigans: Irish Pub
Flanigans is a great afterwork pub or first stop on your way to the clubs. It is not far from the Opera house and is always crowded with people, who are very friendly. The bar staff is very good and helpful.
Dress Code: casual
Amerlingbeisl: Spittelberg, a great quarter to go out
If I lived in Vienna this would be my living room, the area would be my favourite area for going out. Spittelberg is charming and alternative, with cobblestoned backyards, lots of students and pubs which all looked very nice. We chose Amerlingbeisl and spent a night in their beautiful backyard, eating, drinking and enjoying ourselves. Our waiter was very charming, the food was very good and the atmosphere was just wonderful.
Dress Code: A wild mixture of people here so don't worry!
- Food and Dining
- Wine Tasting
- Beer Tasting
discos,pubs & Restaurants: Bierhof
The local expertise of my ex-boyfriend brought us to the Bierhof, a nice backyard beergarden with several beers on tab and Schnitzels on the menu. We spent a few hours here until the guys had drunk the keg of their favourite beer empty and we moved on.
The Schnitzel I had was nothing special, the potato salad it was served with was gorgeous. I washed it down with a few refreshing Radlers and really enjoyed the nice backyard atmosphere.
- Beer Tasting
discos,pubs & Restaurants: HERMANN BEACH PUB - Ibiza on the Danube
Right on the Dabube and just behind the famous Urania Kino lies Hermann beach bar. The area is large, everybody s chilling in "liegenstuhl" beach chairs, the music varies, the floor is sandy. There are a number of bars, also cocktails available and also a number of food stands. During the football WC 2006, there was a huge screen (that is also used from time to time for music and other attractive shows). Dress code - wear what you want!
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Volksgarten dance cafe and disco: Dancing in the park
Inside the citypark (as well as inside the Hofburg park) there are dancing café's that have a special ambiance and are very pleasant for nighttime activities. Here's also where many Vienna couples meet and talk, dance and spend some good time together.
Dress Code: Casual and hip
Centimeter II & VII: Tasting beer at the Centimeter
The Centimeter pubs are a great place to visit, a deliscious place to eat, see muy restaurant tips.
But also a great place to sit and enjoy the beers they are serve (at least) 8 beers from tap,
so that is also a bit of a challenge to taste them all in one evening.
And they also have several beers on bottle.
There was a great atmosphere, and a great place to meet locals.
Dress Code: No dress code
- Beer Tasting
LUX: Spittelberg terraces
Nice inside and nice glassed, covered garden. IN the middle of Spittelberg, one of Vienna's going out areas. It has also a very nice restaurant and the crowd is mixed. It often features various art installattions - you can check their website for current installations. IF you want to go on a pub crawl this is a good place to start!
Every Sunday and holiday
Check their webiste for more photos and menu.
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Cafe Pascucci: Lively, informal cafe
I think this cafe may be part of a chain, but I'm not certain. The branch that I visited is located on the corner of Columbusplatz and Favoritenstrasse, opposite the Columbus Centre shopping mall and a 25 minute walk south of Ringstrasse.
The cafe is laid back and lively, but not in a boisterous way. There is background music and the clientele are largely, but by no means exclusively, under 30s. Groups of friends chat loudly at one table, while at another table there will be someone sipping a coffee and reading a book - a friendly and mixed clientele.
The interior is modern with bright lighting, wooden tables and white cushioned chairs and the bar staff are bright and friendly.
The extensive drinks menu includes a wide selection of coffees and other hot beverages as well as soft drinks, beers, wines, spirits and a selection of cocktails.
I had a large draught Ottakringer beer (cost: 3.10 Euros) and sipped it while perusing my guidebook and listening to the background music (which is at just the right volume to be audible but to make conversation possible).
A nice place to enjoy a beer in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere!
Dress Code: None as far as I could tell.
Spiel Treff Cafe: Local cafe
There are a few Spiel Treff Cafes in Vienna. The one that I visited during my stay in the city in January 2006 is located on Laxenburgerstrasse, right opposite the hotel that I was staying in; the Hotel Birg-Cyrus.
I could see the cafe from my bedroom window and I made a note to try it out one night. It looked like a local pub - informal and friendly.
I believe that "Spiel" is the German word for "play" and that "Treff" is the German word for "meet", making it the Play Meet Cafe - but I might not be gramatically correct!
I ventured into this cafe one night before going back to my hotel. When I entered there were only two other customers in there - both locals and both sat at the bar chatting to the barmaid and watching a chat show on the TV behind the bar. This is a real local place, far off the beaten tourist path (The Ring is a 25 minute walk from here).
The cafe offers a large selection of local bottled beers (including Gosser, Hirtel, Radler, Wieselburger and Clausthaler), but no recognisable imported beers and no beers on draught.
As well as the beers, there is an extensive choice of coffees, teas, hot chocolate, spirits and soft drinks. The only food served is toasted sandwiches.
I ordered a 500ml bottle of Wieselburger Gold Bier (cost 2.50 Euros) and sat at a table by the window.
I'm not sure what the official opening hours of the cafe are - some days I would look out of the hotel window in the early hours, and the lights would still be on at 2am. Other days it seemed to be closed by midnight.
A good place for a beer with local people.
Dress Code: None
Flanagan's: YAIB (Yet another Irish Bar!)
Flanagans is generally the first Irish bar that many tourists discover - given its location inside the first district and as a result it tends to always be fairly full. There are frequently live sports events on television - rugby and football seem to always be on, although other sports are also shown. The bar is large, although this does not stop it from being packed for sports, and so a table reservation is often recommended. The food is traditional Anglo-Irish fayre - and is good although the prices are slightly higher than in other Irish pubs. The crowd tends to be strongly expat based, although there are also Austrian beers on tap. I don't visit as often as I used to - I've found more convenient watering holes although still go from time to time.
Dress Code: There is no dress-code and there is no ban on people wearing football shirts - as can frequently be the case in the UK.
- School Holidays
- Study Abroad
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Billabong: Top notch burgers and Aussie Bushtucker
I popped in here on my way home after a few drinks, and with a spot of the munchies. Wednesdays are burger days when their burgers and fries are reduced - beef, chicken and turkey burgers are all EUR 5 with gorgeous fries and the kangaroo and ostrich burgers are EUR 6 - a healthy saving over the normal prices. The interior is stylishly set out - with a number of small tables, and there is also a terrace outside for the hotter days. There is a big screen, which shows sports - including cricket - and the place is quite stylish - having only been open for a year. There are a large number of wines, both by the glass and by the bottle - although the prices per glass on a lot of the Australian red wines is a bit on the high side. The ambience is pleasant the crowd mainly a 20 something crowd and the waiting staff are attentive - and even apologetic when your plates are left on your table for too long. All in all a good bet for a night out!
Dress Code: The place is informal although most people tend to be smartishly dressed, even if there is no formal dress code.
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