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The Best Bars for a Relaxed Drink in Vienna, Austria

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Updated: 27 April 2018
From traditional Viennese coffee houses that are open late into the night, to smoky, low-lit bars, here’s our pick of the top places for a relaxed tipple in Vienna.

Schikaneder

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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A refreshing tankard of beer | Pixabay
Named after 18th-century artist, singer and poet Emanuel Schikaneder, this relaxed bar is a hotspot for students and Vienna’s eclectic crowd. Films play above the bar in the smoking area, and there is a non-smoking seating area at the front for more intimate chats. Low key and (generally speaking) laid-back, there are regular DJ nights during the weekend and the cinema next doors plays a wide selection of niche and independent films.
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12:00 pm - 4:00 am

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Cosy, Casual

If Dogs Run Free

Bar, Austrian, $$$
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Minimalist inside and out, this trendy and low-key bar on the Gumpendorfestraße in the 6th district is a lively yet relaxed place to grab a beer during the weekend. The cocktail menu features all the old classics, such as Margaritas and Bloody Mary’s, as well as a few new additions like the “most unusual gin and tonic”, which is an intriguing mix of lime juice, coconut water, mint and, of course, gin.
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Café Rüdigerhof

Cafe, Austrian, $$$
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Fix yourself up a cheese plate and a glass of red wine | © João André O. Dias / Flickr
The Art Nouveau-style Rüdigerhof sits between the 16th-century Naschmarkt and the city centre. Decked out in traditional Viennese style inside, it is a cosy place for an intimate evening drink and the huge garden is open until the early hours, making it the perfect place to spend long summer nights.
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Alt Wien

Cafe
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To say Kaffee Alt Wien is already an institution in Vienna’s coffee culture is an understatement. Located in the heart of the city centre, tucked away in the cobbled back streets, it was founded by the Viennese café entrepreneur Leopold Hawelka way back in 1936. Guests can enjoy one of the coffee specialities, have a tasty typical Austrian dish or go the whole hog and settle in for the evening for beers or wine.
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Elektro Gönner

Bar, Austrian, $$$
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The interior of the bar | Courtesy of electro gonner
Discreetly tucked away down Mariahilfastrasse’s back street 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 2am, and from Thursday to Saturday until 4am, Elektro Gönner has been serving Vienna’s bustling nightlife for over 12 years. Regular DJ nights take place throughout the year, and a summer garden opens up in the warmer months.
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Cafe Einhorn

Bar, Austrian, $$$
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Smoky, smug, and with a slightly sleazy edge, Café Einhorn’s (translating from German to mean Café Unicorn) low-lit basement encourages some serious, undisturbed drinking sessions from tankards of tipple, Austrians’ beer of choice. The cigarette clouds tend to be thick, so consider avoiding it if this is an issue.
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Sun - Mon:
6:00 pm - 5:00 am

Wunder-Bar

Bar, Austrian, $$$
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Located in the back streets of the first district and in the university quarter, this inconspicuous bar is quintessentially Viennese. Smoky, intimate and with low ceilings, it is a haven for those wanting to grab a quiet drink with friends. Although located in the centre of the city, it is much lesser known among tourists than many of the nearby bars and has a distinctly “local” vibe.
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Cafe Espresso

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Café Espresso | © Nico Kaiser / Flickr
Although opened in 2004, this unique joint is decked out in a distinct 1950s style, with an eye-catching italic neon sign and red plastic booth seats inside. It has a relaxed ambiance that will entice you to stay for a while, and has a great selection of beverages — including a wide variety of beer, wine and cocktails – as well as Austria’s favourite liquor, fruit schnapps. An outdoor area looking out over trendy Burggasse opens in the summer, which is a great place for a relaxing evening drink.
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