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Irish Pub Flanagans
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.
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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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Pointers: Open day and night
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
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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.
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1516 Brewing Company: Good beer, great atmosphere
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
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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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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!
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Charlie P's: A great time!
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.
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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.
AUSTRIAN PUBS AND BARS
Try out any pubs in the Bermuda Triangle for a hectic night out! (1st, U1/4 - Schwedenplatz, head towards Judengasse) - Bermuda Bräu (with cellar) is great for partying and meeting people, Krah, Krah is more traditional; Kaktus is full of young people (makes me feel old sometimes) with loud music and the occasional go-go dancers, Roter Engel plays a mix of music and sometimes has live bands, Relax does cheap vodka. I also like the Salzamt for a weekend coffee and Ma Pitom for food.
In Bäckerstrasse, not far from Schwedenplatz is the Kaffee Alt Wien which is more of a smoky studenty bar than a café, round the corner from there is Bane's bar which never seems to close.
Another great area for bars is the Spittelberg area in the 7th district- (U2/3 Volkstheater) try the Siebensternbräu, Plützerbräu and if you are feeling in need of something to eat with your beer try out Centimeter II where you can order breads by the centimetre. I love the spicy one!!!
For a funky place try Bar Italia (go to the room downstairs!)
Further out of town the brewery Fischerbräu (near U6 Nussdorferstrasse take the 38 tram one more stop north) its a great place with a beer garden in the summer and jazz on Sunday mornings.
In the summer head for the extremely busy and famous Schweizerhaus in the Prater Park.
SUMMER NIGHTS ON THE DONAUINSEL
Once the warm weather sets in, this is the place to see and be seen. There are lots of pubs, restaurants, discos, salsa and cocktail bars which are great fun and get packed. Take the U1 to Donauinsel and get off either end. There is a half-hourly night bus into the city centre which goes from the bridge over the U1 line.
Check out: www.inselparty.at to see what sort of fun you can have!!!
Das Möbel: Das Möbel - for late afternoons
Vienna is famous for its cafe culture; everyone has their preferred venue and style of coffee. But at Das Möbel having a favorite seat takes on new meaning: they're all different, they change on a regular basis, and yon can take them home. That's because this coffeehouse doubles as a design gallery that features new work by young european designers. Customers can `try out´ the furniture (?Can that strange-looking chair possibly be comfortable??) over a beer, a meal or coffee. With the purchase of a piece of furniture, the customer naturaly receives a brand new article which can also be custom-made to suit the buyer´s taste.
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.
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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
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