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11 Top Nightclubs to Hear Techno in Vienna

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Updated: 15 August 2017
Like Berlin, Vienna’s clubbing crowd favours techno as its music of choice on the dance floors. Here are some of the best places to hear it live.
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Donau

Named after the beautiful river that cuts through the capital, this discreet and low lit techno bar is one of the hottest places to hear underground DJs. If in need of a midnight snack, just head upstairs to the ‘Messepalast’ sausage stand.

Karl-Schweighofer-Gasse 10, 1070 Wien, Austria +43 1 5238105

Pratersauna

Once an oasis intended for calm and relaxation, this venue was converted from a spa into a nightclub in the 1970s. Much of the sauna’s original structure still exists today, cleverly intertwined with the new architecture of the bar and dance floor that now sees Techno beats.

Keys at the pratersauna
Keys at the pratersauna | © Michael Behrens / flickr

Pratersauna, Waldsteingartenstraße 135, 1020 Wien, +43 0664/2502022

TITANIC

Founded in the 1980s — an infamous decade for after-hours partying — this old-school discotheque hosts nostalgic club nights that will carry patrons through until sunrise and beyond. Located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of the 6th District, TITANIC attracts young crowds and raucous revelers. A little on the snug side, this club encourages some intimacy on the dance floor.

TITANIC, Theobaldgasse 11, 1060 Wien

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Flex

Flex is known as one of Vienna’s most well-established clubs, located in a disused metro tunnel by the Donau Canal. The programme is colourful and varying, with countless techno acts to catch.

Augartenbrücke 1, 1010 Wien, Austria +43 1 5337525

Grelle Forelle

Grelle Forelle, located in the 9th District on the banks of the Donau Kanal, is one of the best places to catch electronic music, including techno of course, and showcases new artists every weekend. The programme often features fresh and exciting acts, with hip-hop and house artists among the torrent of techno.

Grelle Forelle, Spittelauer Lände 12, 1090 Wien

Elektro Gönner

Discreetly tucked away down Mariahilfastrasse’s backstreet of the mainstream-shop infested high street, this inconspicuous bar is full of hidden corners and vibrant street-style artwork on the walls. Open from Monday to Wednesday until 2 a.m. and Thursday to Saturday until 4 a.m., Elektro Gönner has been serving Vienna’s bustling nightlife for over 12 years. Regular techno DJ nights take place throughout the year, and a summer garden opens up in the warmer months.

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© Elektro Goenner

Elektro Gönner, Mariahilfer Str. 101, 1060 Wien, +43 1 208 6679

Fluc

Primarily a gallery specialising in art inspired by the German Fluxus movement, Fluc is also one of the best places in Vienna to discover new musical acts. There is a particular focus on homegrown bands, avant-garde artists and techno DJs; this long-established club is a pivotal driving force of the city’s music scene. The concerts upstairs are usually priced at €5-15, and the fee to access downstairs is minimal.

Fluc, Praterstern 5, 1020 Wien, +43 1 9254634

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Celeste

Techo nights are a highlight of this kitsch club in the 5th District. Boasting an inclusive vibe and friendly bar staff, check out their website for details about the latest upcoming events and club nights.

A club night at Celeste | © Celeste

Hamburgerstraße 18, 1050 Wien, Austria +43 1 5865314

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Chelsea

One of the oldest and longest running music venues on the city’s Gürtel, this low-key club, located in the shady tunnels of the metro, has a decent and generous programme of Techno and Electronic music nights. A sizeable dance floor and a bar serving British ales are two of its greatest assets.

U-Bahnbögen 29-30, 1080 Wien, Austria +43 1 4079309

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Rhiz

Specialising in ‘advanced electronic music’, The Rhiz stages live concerts a few times a week, with genres ranging from Techno to Pop Punk. Located beneath the U6 metro line, it is a vibrant and lively party venue.

Lights at a techno night | © sookie / flickr

U-Bahnbogen 37, 1080 Wien, Austria +43 1 4092505

Techno Café

A party institution with events running from the beginning of May through to September. Taking place in the Volksgarten Pavilion, one of the city’s prettiest gardens, it attracts Techno’s most sophisticated fans. Featuring local and international DJs, it is a fantastic chance to catch some of the best well-established and up-and-coming acts.

Volksgarten, Vienna, 1010