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Vienna nightlife

Vienna nightlife has lots to offer, whether you prefer bar hopping, live music or classic club entertainment. Vienna is quite compact city, but entertainment venues are many and can cater to different taste for drinks, music and events. We are providing here top 5 venues for bars, live music and clubs and will expand this list once we have gathered more information.

Bars

Vienna has dozens of bars in the central area and many more in peripheral districts. Most of them have very affordable prices for drinks and food and often offer various entertainment options (live music, games, karaoke) to make your stay more enjoyable and memorable. Here is a list of top 5 bars in Vienna.

Luster bar

A modern bar with unique design, located in a historical building from the beginning of the 20th century. It has friendly atmosphere, great selection of drinks and cocktails and nice music. Luster bar is very popular, so book your seats ahead. It is located in 6th district, but you can get there in 10 minutes with U3 from Stephansplatz (Wien Ottakring direction, stop Neubaugasse).

  • Address: Windmühlgasse 32, 1060 Wien (6th district)
  • Telephone: +43 1 2642364
  • Website: https://www.luster.bar/
  • Open: Mon-Sat 6:00PM-1AM, Sunday: closed

Loos Bar

A cosy bar, designed by famous architect Adolf Loos in 1908 (yes, vey long time ago 😊) has a great atmosphere and it is kind of an institution by itself. Worth going for couple of cocktails before heading to some club. It might be crowded even with few guests inside, so ger ready to cosy up with other patrons. It has been advertised as first American Bar in Vienna and many celebrities visited apparently, one of them being Quentin Tarantino.

  • Address: Kärntner Durchgang 10, 1010 Wien (1st district)
  • Telephone: +43 1 5123283
  • Website: https://www.loosbar.at/
  • Open: Mon-Sun 12:00PM-1:00AM

Polkadot

Advertised as “Alternative music bar for students, travellers and awesome people”, this bar defines its clientele in a wide range of guests, and we hope you will fit in one of these categories. It offers great variety of beer, wine and other drinks with very affordable prices. It is not a classic bar – it has various events regularly, such as live music, DJs, stand-up comedy, quizzes and even language clubs for people to practice their German.

We recommend this bar also for people who are moving to Vienna as it looks like perfect mingling place for newcomers. It is located in 8th district and it is reachable by 2 stops with Tram No. 2 from Rathaus (you can easily walk from there as well).

  • Address: Albertgasse 1, 1080 Wien (8th district)
  • Telephone: +43 1 4074125
  • Website: http://polkadot.at/
  • Open: Sun-Thu: 7:00PM-2:00AM, Fri-Sat: 8:00PM-4:00AM

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Travel Shack

Travel Shack is another ‘multipurpose’ bar, meaning, apart from standard setting of a bar (tables, music, drinks, etc), it offers variety of entertainment and activities daily. This includes watching sports events, singing karaoke, playing jenga, foosball and beer pong and organizing birthday and themed parties (Halloween, St. Patricks, Cinco de Mayo).

Needless to say, it offers great variety of beer, wine and original cocktails and some interesting finger food. It is located in the 15th district, but easily reachable with U3 from Stephanslatz (direction Wien Ottakring, stop Westbahnhof) or with an Uber (if group of 4 is travelling might be cheaper than a subway).

R&Bar

This bar is linked to movie design and production agency and it is favorite meeting place of movie makers to exchange ideas with drink or two. The bar offers wide variety of drinks, cocktails and bar food (tapas, finger food). The bar serves organic coffee and cocktails from home made ingredients. The DJ is playing chill music and visitors often dance spontaneously when crowd clicks.

It is located in the 7th district, reachable by U3 from Stephansplatz (Direction Wien Ottakring, stop Neubaugasse and 5-minute walk from there).

  • Address: Lindengasse 1, 1070 Wien (7th district)
  • Telephone: +43 1 5224447
  • Website: https://dasrund.com/bar
  • Open: Wed-Sat: 4:00PM – 11:00PM

Live music

Vienna has many live music venues and we are excluding from here classical music area (which will write about in a separate post). There is place for every music genre and style and they are all well established and popular. Here are top five to keep you running for your exploration of Vienna nightlife, we will add more soon.

Chelsea

Chelsea is one of the long running live music venue, located inside the underground overpass of U6 line in 8th district. The place has very rich program of live performances ranging in genres and styles and we recommend you check schedule online to make sure you choose right date and book your tickets.

The venue is not that big, and concerts are performed in nice and cosy atmosphere (regardless of the noise) and are very enjoyable. It was initially located in the different area and had a problem with residents and authorities and now it is in somewhat isolated area where nobody is bothered.

It is reachable by combination of U3 and U6 lines from Stephansplatz.

  • Address: Lerchenfeldergürtel 29-31, 1080 Wien (8th district)
  • Telephone: +43 1 4079309
  • Website: www.chelsea.co.at/index.php
  • Open: Mon-Sun: 6:00PM-04:00AM

Porgy & Bess

This is well established and popular jazz club in Vienna, and it has been running since the 90s. Prices for concerts are a bit higher than in other venues but quality of music and performers is completely worthy. Performers from Austria and around the world are playing in this cosy venue and since program is known for at least three months in advance, you will be able to plan for some great jazz event.

The venue is in the 1st district and reachable on foot from Stephansplatz station in few minutes.

  • Address: Riemergasse 11, 1010 Wien (1st district)
  • Telephone: +43 1 5128811
  • Website: http://www.porgy.at/
  • Open: Mon-Sun 4:00PM-11:00PM

Elektro Gönner

For lovers of electronic music, house, disco and techno and nice food and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere, Elektro Gönner is a right place. There, you can listen to the DJs, dance, have a dinner, have a few drinks, in a laid-back atmosphere of a former electrical shop retailer (the name was kept from previous owner). The club also have workshops for DJs, discussions about music and it is all-around pleasant place for music lovers and enthusiast.

  • Address: 101 Mariahilfer Straße, 1060 Wien (6th district)
  • Telephone: +43 1 2086679
  • Website: https://www.elektrogoenner.at/
  • Open: Thu: 6:00PM – 11:00PM, Fri-Sat: 5:00PM-11:00PM

1019 Jazzclub

This jazz club not only has great jazz concerts, but it is very famous for its food, so if you are both food and jazz lover – look no further. Named after a song 1019 of famous blues guitarist Eric Gales, the club bring variety of performers from around the globe and you are guaranteed to have a great time. The venue also organizes parties and other events on demand.

  • Address: Althanstraße 12, 1090 Wien (9th district)
  • Telephone: +43 1 3101112
  • Website: https://club1019.at/
  • Open: Mon-Sat: 7:00PM-2:00AM

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Donautechno

If you like techno music, Donautechno is the best place to go and enjoy it and not to go over the top. It is very uniquely designed place and its walls are covered in visuals during the performances which makes it even better. There are variety of drinks on offer and there is also local sausage available if you get hungry at some point. It is located in the 7th district in an unremarkable venue, behind Art History Museum. Easily reachable by U3 (direction Wien Ottakring, stop Volkstheater and walk for few minutes)

  • Address: Karl Schweighofer Gasse 10, 1070 Wien (7th district)
  • Telephone: +43 1 5238105
  • Website: http://www.donautechno.com/
  • Open: Mon-Thu: 8:00PM-4:00AM, Fri-Sat: 8:00PM-6:00AM, Sun: 8:00PM-2:00AM

Clubs

Vienna club scene always has something new and exciting and local club owners definitely follow global trends (and sometimes lead them) very quickly and efficiently. You can enjoy club atmosphere and dance your feet off in many venues around city that are on par with clubs from much larger world capitals. Here are recommendations for top 5 venues in this area of Vienna nightlife.

Flex

This is the best club in Vienna by a wide consensus. It has been running for more than 15 years and it was THE underground club in Vienna in the beginning, now it is moving towards the mainstream. The good thing is, it doesn’t discriminate people by the dress code, so that is that, very accessible for Vienna visitors that don’t carry with them ‘club’ attire.

The club has the best sound system in Europe (as they claim) at the moment, so this will give you an idea how loud the music is 😊.

It is located in the edge of 1st district, next to Danube and it is reachable by U2 and U4 (station of Schottenring) and also tram 3A.

  • Address: Augartenbrücke 1, 1010 Wien (1st district)
  • Telephone: +43 1 5337525
  • Website: http://flex.at/
  • Open: Mon-Sat: 7:00PM-01:00AM, Sunday: closed

Prater Dome

Located near Prater Ferris Wheel, this club offers multiple stages, playing different styles of music and there are also several lounges where you can relax and have a drink between your dance acts.

This club will require some better clothes as clientele is more towards the well-off economic area. In any case you will have great fun there, especially if you come with friends. The club has themed parties, including some fashion shows, cosplays, and also birthday celebrations. You should be able to see what’s on their website in advance so you don’t end up in the wrong setting.

  • Address: Riesenradplatz 7, 1020 Wien (2nd district)
  • Telephone: +43 1 9081192
  • Website: https://praterdome.at/
  • Open: Thu-Sat: From 10:00PM

Platzhirsch

This club was advertised as ‘coolest club in Vienna’ and it is worth checking it out. There is a line up to enter as DJ can really make people dance with their mixes. There is an entrance fee and drinks are a bit more expensive from other venues, but atmosphere is so great that you will forget about the budget.

It is located n the 1st district, next to Karlsplatz U station and it is reachable on foot from anywhere in Innere Stadt.

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Grelle Forelle

This is relatively new club, from 2011, located in the 9th district on the banks of Donau canal and easily reachable by the U4 from Schwedenplatz (direction Wien Heiligenstadt, stop Spittelau). The club has great sound system and world class DJ so good time is guaranteed. There is an entry fee, but fun time you will have once inside will make you forget about it.

Ra’mien

This is special place in the club scene, as it is part of the Asian restaurant (with excellent food. Btw), and club is in the basement. You can combine great food and dance afterwards for the best effect for the night 😊.

The club is compact but very well designed and intricately decorated in Asian style. There are lounges to relax and dance floor that is always full as DJs are masters in bringing people on their feet. The club organizes weekend parties that are very popular and memorable.

It is located in the 6th district, near Leopold Museum, nearest station is U2 (Museumquartier).

Conclusion

This is just a ‘small’ sample of Vienna nightlife and there is so much more to explore from city’s entertainment offer. We will gather more information and present you in this post or in a separate posts, depends on the volume of information we receive.

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