The second largest city in Austria, Graz boasts a surprisingly lively nightlife. If you’re looking for a place to have a drink at the end of the day, you will find plenty of bars to choose from, including chic and modern cocktail joints and traditional Austrian wine taverns. Read on to discover our pick of the best.
Pub, British, Irish, $$$
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The largest, liveliest and most fun Irish pub in town, Flann O’Brien offers live music almost every night of the week. In the outdoor section, there is a sizeable courtyard for summer lounging. Their menu includes various pub food favourites, such as burgers, Irish stews and British favourite, fish and chips. Whiskey drinkers can enjoy browsing over 50 different types of whiskeys on offer.
Both chic and cosy, Bar Albert is perfect for a quiet night over wine with friends. On the drinks menu, you’ll find an impressive range of both local and international wines, as well as various tasty snacks.
A traditional brewpub, Gosser Brau is a great place for beer lovers and those who want to visit somewhere typically Austrian. The century-old establishment serves its own beer alongside a variety of Austrian dishes, such as the famous wiener schnitzel. A garden is available during the warmer months.
A traditional English pub in the heart of Graz, The Office Pub is well-known by the student community of Graz. Perfect for watching a sports game while enjoying a few beers, it has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. A pub quiz takes place weekly and they also host pool tournaments and live music events.
A large and busy bar in the middle of Graz, Bierbaron is popular among Graz’s student population. The food menu includes build-your-own burgers and pizzas, however, Bierbaron is perhaps best-known for its fantastic and wide-ranging beer selection, offering more than 20 different varieties. Drinks are inexpensive, making this the perfect bar to head to if you’re visiting Graz on a shoestring.
As its name suggests, this bar has a retro vibe with old-fashioned furniture and a traditional menu. They pride themselves on sourcing ingredients from the surrounding regions, with their award-winning fruit juices coming from Styria and their wines coming from nearby regions. Catering for all, there is a cocktail menu and various craft beers available, as well as many non-alcoholic options.
The restaurant at this cafe serves delicious food daily and the attached bar has a trendy atmosphere. It tends to get crowded during the week, so it is recommended to arrive early. The cocktails here, of which there is a varied choice, are highly recommended.
Low-lit and classy, this bar has been recommended as the best place to have a cocktail in Graz. Located inside the Palais-Hotel, Bar Ernst Fuchs describes itself as a meeting point for artists and got its name from the Austrian painter, architect and visionary Professor Ernst Fuchs. With its special atmosphere and renowned bartenders, the bar has been a fixture among Graz’s hotel guests for over 30 years.
A centrally located bar with great service, Dreizehn Genussbar is perfect for a relaxed night out with friends. The bar has a modern and cosy environment and the interior is chic and modern. As well as a great selection of local wines, beers and cocktails, they also serve apéritifs in the evening.