Sitting on the Danube River, historic Vienna is full of Imperial palaces and grand boulevards to wander by day; by night it has an active and animated nightlife. Here are the best bars for a relaxing drink in the capital city of Austria.
A former brothel and now a trendy bar, Puff is situated close to the Naschmarkt. Its interior theme focuses on black and red, and one particular quirk is the chandelier made of bottles, which hangs over the always lively bar. This bar itself offers a great variety of cocktails and other drinks.
Girardigasse 10, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 581 09 31
Despite its simple interior, this is a comfortable place, popular among students, artists and intellectuals. The bar is named after the 18th-century artist, singer and poet Emanuel Schikaneder. At Schikaneder, there are regular DJ nights and special film nights in an adjacent cinema.
Margaretenstraße 24, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5852867
Kruger’s American Bar
This American bar is located in the center of Vienna, just a few steps far from Kärntner Strasse and the Vienna State Opera. It is furnished with leather seats from the 1920s and 30s, which create a historic yet comfortable ambience. Kruger’s American Bar offers a range of different cocktails, but also whiskeys, rums and brandy. Cigar lovers can enjoy smoking while listening to jazz, soul or blues music.
Bockshorn Irish Pub
Bockshorn Irish Pub is just a few minutes away from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. It is located down a small alley and is truly a city secret. Renowned because of its size and age, this locale is the oldest and smallest Irish pub in Vienna. Every centimeter of its walls is decorated with shields, beer mats and other Irish memorabilia. Guests can choose between various beers including Guinness, but cider and whiskeys are offered.
Naglergasse 7, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5329438
Onyx Bar is located in the famous Haas House in the center of Vienna, and is popular for its spectacular view of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. During the day it’s a cozy place, and at night it becomes one of the city’s nightlife hot spots. It is the perfect place to go for strong cocktails in an elegant yet casual atmosphere.
Haas House, Stephansplatz 12, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 53539690
Donau Techno (or just Donau) is located behind a dark iron door, and specializes in electronic music. The ambience and architecture are impressive, and that alone is reason enough to visit. The bar was a former synagogue, and its soaring vaults are lit up with ever-changing light displays. On weekends this bar changes into a club with electronic sets from local DJs.
Karl-Schweighofer-Gasse 10, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5238105
Chelsea is located in the Stadtbahnbögen—vaults under the city’s metro system. A venue for national and international musicians and a lively club, it is a popular gathering place for people of all ages. However, it offers a relaxed vibe; an easily popular venue in which to watch football and indulge in a few beers.
U-Bahnbögen 29-30, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 4079309
Eberts Cocktailbar is a modern and comfortable cocktail bar that uses mixology trends from around the world to create interesting drinks. Guests can choose between cocktails made with fine whiskeys, rums, gins and a variety of other premium spirits. The owner of this bar also runs a bar-keeping school in the same building if you want to learn how to mix your own drinks.
Gumpendorfer Strasse 51, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5865465
Motto is a stylish bar—an ideal place for indulging in well-made cocktails and listening to the beats of electronic and lounge music in the background. The venue also has a restaurant serving traditional Austrian dishes, as well as Italian and Asian cuisine.
Schönbrunner Strasse 30, Vienna, Austria, +43 1 5870672