Schikaneder in trendy Freihausviertel doubles as one of Vienna’s oldest independent cinemas (it opened in 1906) and a popular bar. Its alternative vibe and surprisingly moderate prices attract students and creatives of all ages every night of the week. While the huge wooden bar right at the front is usually packed, there are vintage sofas in the back, too. Hungry? Schikaneder also serves light night snacks.

Luster Bar

This cocktail bar in Windmühlgasse, just a short stroll from Mariahilferstraße and Naschmarkt, is run by the team behind the popular restaurant “Zweitbester” (see “to eat”). Easily recognisable by its huge and stylish bottle rack hanging from the ceiling, it has a cosy bar area and there’s dancing downstairs especially towards the end of the week. Fancy a laugh? Join the English Comedy Open Mic night every second Wednesday.


Chelsea opened its doors in 1986 as a cellar club and moved to its current location in the arches below the underground line U6 in the mid-90s. Inspired by the music scene in London, it is now one of Vienna’s longest-serving venues for live gigs. Soundgarden, Gossip and The National have rocked the house among many others. Chelsea is also well-known for public football viewings with a focus on the English premier league.


This legendary club and music venue has been around since 1980 and continues to attract the crowds. Prince and Nirvana have played some of their most intimate gigs here and Marilyn Manson, Grace Jones and Jean Paul Gaultier have been spotted at the bar. These days, the local party crowd dances until 6am five nights a week. Watch out for the head security Conny de Beauclair – having worked at the nightclub since day one, he is considered a celebrity in the party scene.

Tanzcafe Jenseits

Tanzcafé Jenseits (meaning “afterlife” in English) is a cosy, slightly quirky bar with a despicable secret: it used to be a brothel. The 20s-inspired interiors (think: low lights and lots of red and plush) are an obvious nod to the bar’s past – as is the discreet bell at the entrance door. Even today, when Jenseits is all about dancing to pop tunes and sipping cocktails, you need to ring to get in.


Das LOFT Bar is one of Vienna’s most stylish and cosmopolitan cocktail bars but its main selling point is the location. On the 18th floor of the luxury hotel with the same name, it offers views over the whole city including St Stephen’s Cathedral. Make sure to charge your phone or bring a camera as you’ll want to show off your pictures on Instagram later.

Café Europa

A popular coffee and brunch place during the day, Café Europa fully comes to life after the sun has long gone down. The café is open until 5am from Thursday to Sunday and until 3am the rest of the week, making it an ideal stop for a last drink (or two) before heading home after a night out. Night owls of all ages can be found here any day of the week, typically enjoying a spritz.

Grelle Forelle

This electronic music club is located in Vienna’s ninth district. With a focus on techno and house parties, it’s a place that classicists in search of Mozart should perhaps sit out. Photography, video and audio recordings are a no no – which is probably a good thing if you’re dancing on the centre stage come 3am.

Club U

Occupying one of Otto Wagner’s Stadtbahn Pavillons on Karlsplatz, Club U is a small bar-club favoured by students. Catch a rotation of popular DJs and take five in the outdoor seating area overlooking the park.

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Kleinod Die Bar

Set in an 850-year-old house beside St Stephens Cathedral, this dive bar-turned-suave spot leans (slightly) towards the quirky side with a chandelier fashioned from bottles. Small wonder the name Kleinod translates as “gem”. Touches of leathery, onyx and marble keep things debonair.

Café Eiles

Perched beside the manicured Volksgarten park, Eiles has mint-green walls, brassy chandeliers, window booths and a carriage of sweet treats to greet you at the door. The food menu is as Austrian as it gets – bratwurst, bouillon with liver, sliced dumplings, boiled beef with apple horseradish and, of course, the classic wiener schnitzel, a thin cutlet of veal coated in golden breadcrumbs served with a sharp potato salad and a wedge of lemon.

Café Sperl

The coffee house is an integral part of Viennese culture. Time seems to stand still in these opulent, nicotine-stained rooms, which embody the Austrian word “gemütlich”, meaning warmth, comfort and familiarity. For the truest taste of this custom try Café Sperl, with its gold and wood-panelled walls, mahogany coat stands, high ceilings, red booths and bowed windows draped with gold velvet. Strong, bitter coffee is served on silver platters, while trays of traditional sweet treats, which seem to be appropriate at any time of day here, lie in wait – including plum cake, ring cake, cheesecake and crumbly apple strudel dusted with icing sugar.

Loos American Bar

Built more than 100 years ago by the great rebel architect Adolf Loos, the American Bar was erected as a revolt against Vienna’s sleek, imperial architecture. Blending deep mahogany with draped lamps and a green-and-white chequered floor, Loos lined the coffered ceiling with mirrors, creating the illusion of a giant room. In reality, guests are flung together at the crowded bar stools and tables of this tiny cigar box of a bar. Bartenders in white braces light every cigarette with a flick of one hand, and muddle icy cocktails in copper tankards with the other.

Café Hawelka

If the walls of this legendary coffee house could talk, they’d probably tell you tales of the great intellectuals and artists who have been gathering at its rickety wooden tables since the late Thirties. Dark, stained wood covers the ceiling and walls, which are plastered with peeling cinema and music posters. Order a hot chocolate, which comes with a dish of glossy cream, and an apple strudel. This iconic dessert can be found everywhere, but theirs comes hot with a firm golden pastry and sweet stewed apples.

Wein & Co.

Surrounded by 700 hectares of verdant vineyards, Vienna and good wine go hand in hand. In the basement of this flagship bar you can buy crates of local reds, whites and rosés. Upstairs you can make your way through their impressive wine list (including plenty of natural wines for some guilt-free sipping) along with elegant dishes like tartare, baked veal bread and poached trout.

Volksgarten Pavillon

On warmer days locals head to Vienna’s many green spaces. This small mint-green and pink garden house is the perfect place to grab an Aperol Spritz (a drink that the locals love almost as much as coffee) or a beer while lounging on the outdoor tables buried in this lush inner-city park.

Café Phil Café Phil

Students, young families and couples with obedient dogs flock to this hip living room-style café, which has the same unhurried pace of a classic Viennese coffee house. The bookshop at its centre offers the latest releases in art, film, fiction and philosophy, while coffee, booze and simple lunches are served from a bar lit by 1970s lamps.


Here you can indulge your wildest bicycle-related fantasies while sipping the city’s best espresso. Fine Italian bicycles are draped across this tiled café, which has a curved bar at its centre, and locals get their bikes fixed in the back room.


Café Phil

Volksgarten Pavillon

Wein & Co.

Café Hawelka

Loos American Bar

Café Sperl

Café Eiles

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