Linz, despite its small size, has a relatively lively nightlife with a range of cosy bars, laid-back wine taverns and traditional beer gardens. Read on to discover our pick of the 10 best bars to have a tipple in the Upper Austrian capital.
Cocktails, live music and dancing in a relaxed atmosphere is this late-night café’s memo. Inviting a diverse crowd of both young and old, as well as locals and tourists, through its doors, this joint is perfect for an evening or early morning tipple. Check out their website for details of upcoming live events, of which there are plenty every week.
Frau Dietrich, located in the Old Town area, takes guests back in time to the 1920s. Swing, big band and blues music create an authentic flair, while the detail-oriented and tasteful interior contributes to a relaxed atmosphere. In the style of the Prohibition era, guests have to dial a number on the phone outside before being admitted into the bar. Classic cocktails are on the menu, as well as an array of beers and wines.
Although Salzburg is famous for being the birthplace of Mozart, and therefore, attracts many classical music fans, it also caters to fans of jazz and swing. This bar hosts many great live events throughout, including local artists and international jazz acts. Check out their website for details of upcoming concerts.
Solaris can be found in the entrance area of Linz’s Open Culture House, which makes it a central part of Linz’s cultural scene. After a visit to the Open Culture House or the adjacent program cinema Moviemento, you can take advantage of Solaris’ extensive range of wine, beers and cocktails. On weekends, DJs with a focus on house, electro and hip-hop music entertain the crowd.
Ignis Vinothek is a modern wine bar in the heart of the city with its own cellar. It offers an interesting mixture of high-quality Austrian wines, with many from the surrounding Upper Austrian regions, and a large variety of renowned international wines. Staff are knowledgeable and happy to take the time to give expert advice and recommendations on each of their wines. Ignis also regularly organises special tasting evenings to showcase new wines produced by regional wineries.
Herberstein can be found in Linz’s Old Town. The bar, which is adjoined to a sushi bar, offers over 100 different cocktails, many of which are personal creations by its innovative barkeepers. In addition to this, there’s also an outstanding Japanese menu (consider doing some research to discover which spirits pair well with sushi!).
You’ll find this laid-back cocktail bar a stone’s throw away from the Mariendom, one of Linz’s major sights. Leather sofas, lounge areas as well as jazz and blues background music make for a relaxed atmosphere. The bar offers an impressive variety of cocktails and a number of non-alcoholic versions. As a special treat, Easy Bar invites its guests to participate in weekly cocktail classes for those who want to master the art of mixology.
BATA’s is another option for those searching for decent and inexpensive cocktails. This low-lit bar is popular among the city’s students, partly due to the various music events that take place on the weekends, including themed nights. As well as classic cocktails, there are various Austrian and international wines on offer and a range of beers for those who aren’t into spirits.
Stieglbräu zum Klosterhof, located on Linz’s main shopping street Landstrasse, has the feel of a traditional Austrian pub. The cavernous interior, as well as the chestnut tree beer garden, showcases local culture at its best. Freshly tapped cold Stiegl beer (an Austrian favourite) can be accompanied by classic Austrian dishes. Another bonus is that Stieglbräu is open 365 days a year.
Lennox, situated directly in the heart of the city centre, is the place to go for after-work drinks; it’s an ideal environment for switching off after a busy day at the office. Happy hour takes place daily (between 6 pm and 7 pm) and every now and then, Lennox also invites its guests to special evening events, such as club sessions with live music and local DJs, mixology classes and whisky tasting events.