Flanagans is a centrally located Irish Pub in Vienna. It was opened in 1996 and voted the best Irish Bar in Europe for 2004. They have Irish, Austrian and other international beers on tap.
Apart from that a large selection of traditional pub food is on offer. Prices are probably a bit higher than in other pubs in that area, but still reasonable. Due to its many international guests, Flanagans is a perfect place for a VT meeting. I went here with VT member bugulma from Russia.
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.
No more than spitting distance from the technical university and the Karlsplatz, Pointers is a new bar, having previously been FlikFlak. It opens at 8am, and is a coffee shop come café during the daytime with good food - proper brainfood like fish and chips - although there are also salads.
Televisions show live sport - including Test Match Cricket - and it is a lot less crowded than Flanagan's and the like which get over full for Champions League games. In the evening the place is a pub, with a good pint of Guinness on tap, and cocktails and shots - including the lethal "Flatliner". The bar staff are welcoming, the pub comfortable and not overly crowded, and food and drink go down easily.
There is also a "Drink around the World" promotion - involving drinking 15 bottled beers from 15 countries around the world to win a T Shirt and your name on a plaque - do it in 1 night, you get gold, 2 nights silver and 3 nights bronze! Easier said than done!
Dress Code: No dress code
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.
I'm not normally a beer drinker but when in Europe, I do partake in this golden drink because it simply tastes great here. One place I would go to for a night out is 1516 Brewing Company located in Vienna's first district (close to where its at).
This place brews their own beer, and also have other drinks available. The menu also includes the staple pub food plus local dishes e.g wiener schnitzel. The service is good and the staff are friendly & speak English so you won't have any problem when you order. This a place for great atmosphere, drinks and food so try not to give this place a miss when you're Vienna
Dress Code: I don't think there is a strict dress code, T-shirts & jeans are OK
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!
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.
Charlie P's was a place Philipp and I went to a lot because it was just two blocks from where he lived and because each time we went we had fun.
The food at Charlie P's is good and the portions are huge. I had a vegetarian club sandwich and it came with a large order of fries and a side of some sort of corn creation.
If you're wanting to order food and a waiter doesn't come to your table within a couple minutes, go to the bar to order your food and drink. They'll bring it out to your table when it's ready. For the most part you won't have a waiter.
The lower floor of Charlie P's has another bar, more seats and a little more room to walk around. It was really dark - which I liked.
Dress Code: Usual bar attire.
Great outdoor/indoor trendy venue which seats up to 700 people looking over the Danube canal. There are different events performed throughout the summer as well as cocktails, Austrian wine, and food from Asia or Mexico.
You can also find Vienna's first "dog bar" here with free drinks and snacks on offer from 5pm-9pm.
Gets very busy at weekends so turn up early or reserve in advance. Located at Rossauer Lände U4. The Summer Stage is open from May to September, Mo-Sa 5pm-1am; Sun from 2pm. Tel: + 43 1 315 52 02.
On the path down to the Summer Stage, check out the "Sculpture Garden" from 4 June where you can find works by young, aspiring artists (www.igbildendekunst.at.)
I like to have a bit of a dance and have been to a few salsa clubs in Vienna. If you fancing a bit of a whirl, then why not try:
Floridita (in 1st district, Johannesgasse not far from the Opera take the street off Kärtnerstrasse with the McDonald's on it)
Nueva Vista (as above but keep walking down the street.)
Havanna (also near the opera on the street which has the entrance to the Ringstrassen Galerien shopping centre), gets very busy at weekends.
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