Salzburg's 10 Best Bars To Visit

Salzburg at night
Salzburg at night | © Austrian Tourist Board
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18 May 2018

Despite its reputation for being quiet and quaint, Salzburg has a surprisingly lively nightlife. Here’s our pick of the top spots for a great night out.

Monkeys Cafe.Bar

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Located on Imbergstrasse, which runs between Kapuzinerberg (a small hill) and the city’s river, this bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail or beer on a sunny afternoon or while admiring the view of Salzburg’s Old Town from across the water at night. Outside, there is a wooden deck area that acts as the ultimate people-watching spot. Although it’s on the steeper side of the price range, don’t be put off – on a warm afternoon, when the sun is shining, it’s the place to be. Furthermore, it has recently become smoke-free due to new government regulations.


Bar, Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
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The seating area at the bar | © Seven Senses

Another bar that boasts fantastic views over the city skyline and the surrounding Alps, this classy venue attracts a diverse crowd made up of both tourists and locals. Located on the top of the elegant Hotel Stein, it is a great place for enjoying a relaxed evening with a cold drink and wonderful views. There is a wide range of cocktails, beers and wines on offer as well as some tasty bar snacks.

Jambo World Music Cafe

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Cosy, colourful and inviting, Jambo World Music Cafe is perfect if you’re looking for something a little unusual or alternative. Boasting a vibrant record collection, with genres including Afro, Latin, Ska, Asian, Balkon and Tango, it is a honeypot for world music fans. Whether you want to sip on a glass of wine, a new beer, a tasty cocktail or even just a herbal tea, Jambo caters to everyone.

Sternbräu Sternlounge

Bar, Austrian, $$$
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Neighbouring Sternbräu, the famous brewery in the heart of the Old Town, this classy wine bar is one of Salzburg’s more refined venues for an evening tipple. As well as a great range of drinks, Sternlounge also has a delicious menu featuring many Austrian specialties. Be sure to sample some Austrian wine – of which there are many varieties.


Bar, Contemporary
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Cocktail at the bar | © SocialButterflyMMG / Pixabay

This venue, located along the city’s river, caters to Salzburg’s younger crowd. With a large sunny terrace and an extended happy hour, this is one of the best places for students to hang out on a Saturday night in the city. Wednesday is ‘funny evening’, an event that tends to be popular, partly due to the offer of €4.50 cocktails and ‘buy one get one free’ shots.

Alchimiste Belge and Beffa Bar

Bar, Austrian, $$$
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Tucked away in a small street off the popular Linzergasse, these bars stand directly opposite each other. Both specialising in Belgian and Austrian beers, they offer a staggering 150 varieties, making lager lovers spoiled for choice. Despite being owned by the same proprietor, each possesses a different character; Beffa caters to the younger crowd while Alchimiste has more of a chill vibe, which attracts a diverse range of guests.

Republic Cafe

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Free flowing drinks | © ThorstenF / Pixabay

Cafe, bar, club and music venue, Republic Cafe is a jack of all trades. With countless themed evenings, performances by international and local artists and, of course, free-flowing drinks, it is a great place to end up on a Saturday night. Although it is fun during any time of year, it is perhaps best in sunny weather, when a lively street terrace opens. Situated in the heart of Salzburg’s bar district, it’s the perfect stepping stone for those wishing to party all night long.

Afro Cafe

Cafe, African, $$$
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Bursting with colour and zest, Afro Cafe is inspired by all things African, with both decor and a lively menu reflecting the owner’s love for the culture. Open until midnight on the weekend, this cafe is a great place to have a relaxing drink with friends. As well as their African lager, Dju Dju Palm, there is also a variety of Austrian beers, prosecco and the Afro Sprizz, made with prosecco, soda, and homemade strawberry-mint syrup.


Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Saxophone at the jazz club | © congerdesign / Pixabay
Jazzit hosts ‘electro swing’ parties weekly as well as various blues and jazz concerts showcasing international and local talent. It’s definitely a great last stop of the evening and the place to catch some original acts. The outdoor garden and bar are both available to enter without purchasing a ticket so it’s a nice spot to relax and have a drink or two.

Gastlokal Fridrich

Bar, Austrian, $$$
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If seeking a refined evening, look no further. Gastlokal Fridrich is a sophisticated and stylish venue in which to sample a glass of Austrian wine (which you’ll discover is one of the most underrated varieties in Europe). With the choice of hundreds of bottles from Austria and all over the world, there’s a wine for every taste.