Although the rural areas of Austria still have some catching up to do, the capital has a flourishing LGBT community. The traffic lights in Vienna give hints to its openness – with designs altered to include same-sex pairings surrounded by love hearts, as well as heterosexual couples. The 5th and 6th districts are where you’ll find the highest concentration of gay, queer and lesbian bars, as well as various events and festivals that take place in the city throughout the year.
A friendly gay bar on the lively, bar-lined stretch of Gumpendorferstrasse. Check out their Facebook page for details on upcoming events.
Felixx, Gumpendorfer Str. 5, Wien, Austria, +43 1 9204714
Taking Vienna‘s ball dance tradition into the 21st century, the Vienna Rainbow Ball (or the Wiener Regenbogen Ball) is one of the city’s most popular dances of the season and a highlight for the LGBTQ community. Taking place in January each year, the ball celebrates diversity and helps raise funds for Homosexual Initiative Vienna, the city’s largest gay and lesbian organization.
Events at Inside Bar include All You Can Drink specials (where you pay €26 for unlimited drinks all night) and after-parties for events such as Pride Parade.
Inside Bar, Schikanedergasse 12, Wien, Austria, +43 676 7513638
A friendly bar with a range of events taking place throughout the year, located in the trendy, artsy neighborhood of Mariahilf.
Kisss Bar, Luftbadgasse 19, Wien, Austria, +43 1 5811560
A modern and inclusive space that welcomes all ages and sexualities to party until the early hours.
The neon sign above the door of Marea Alta reads “Open Minded.” The club was originally founded as “an association for the promotion of lesbian immigrants and lesbian visibility” and has since established itself as one of the best LGBT venues in the city. Open from 6pm until 2am Mondays through Thursdays, and from 7pm to 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, events include karaoke nights and drag acts.
Marea Alta, Gumpendorfer Str. 28, Wien, Austria, +43 699 19204194
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There’s no reason why you shouldn’t. Friendly bar staff and a huge range of seasonal events, such as the annual Miss Why Not Oktoberfest are highlights of this lively club in the heart of the city.
Why Not, Tiefer Graben 22, Wien, Austria, +43 1 9204714
A popular venue in the Naschmarkt area, known as one of the trendier gay bars in the city, it hosts after-party events for larger LGBTQ events, such as Pride Festival and the Rainbow Ball.
Village Bar, Stiegengasse 8, Wien, Austria, +43 1 9204714