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Nightlife in Vienna

Vienna is the capital city of Austria and has a population of about 1.7 million. It is often called the City of Music because of its long musical legacy and was also the home of Worlds first psycho-analyst-Sigmund Freud.

The city is well known as a leading European Music Centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through to early stages of 20th century. Recently though, the alternative music scene has hit Vienna, and with if have come some seriously cool clubs and plenty of touring artists.

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Read on for our guide to Nightlife in Vienna

Vienna as a historic centre is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens. But that’s not all, as the Nightlife in Vienna is perfect to blow off some steam and relax after days spend in the historic sights. In Vienna the fun continues way on in to the night.  There are bars and dance clubs with all different types of live music to keep all patrons entertained and energized throughout the evening.

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The Night Life in Vienna is laid back, and in true Viennese style, no matter what time it is, noone is ever in a hurry. There are a huge number of bars and bierkellers (beer houses) as well as numerous cafes and wine bars that you can wander into for a guaranteed great night out.

The Nightlife in Vienna offers a large variety of pubs, bars and clubs, catering to every possible taste: from basic student places to alternative music venues as well as posh and very upscale clubbing locations.

Vienna Nightlife: At the Theatre

For the high society music and opera loving crowd the Nightlife in Vienna offers a variety of theatres and opera houses. The Burg Theater is considered one of the best theatres in the German-speaking world alongside its branch, the Akademie Theater. The Volkstheater Wien and the Theater in der Josefstadt also enjoy good reputations. There is also a multitude of smaller theatres, in many cases devoted to less mainstream forms of the performing arts, such as modern, experimental plays or cabaret.

The Nightlife in Vienna is also home to a number of opera houses, including the Theater an der Wien, the Staatsoper and the Volksoper, the latter being devoted to the typical Viennese operetta. Classical concerts are performed at world famous venues such as the Wiener Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra known across the world for the annual widely broadcast “New Year’s Day Concert”, also the Wiener Konzerthaus.

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For the more lively and active crown the Nightlife in Vienna offers a variety of pubs and bars situated at the Gürtel ring road, fast becoming the nerve centre of Vienna’s Nightlife. The city features a variety of pubs of different styles – from Austrian style brew pubs such as the Fischer Bräu at Billrothstrasse 17, Bermuda Bräu at Rabensteig 6, Plutzer Bräu at Schrankgasse 2 and “just regular taverns” to typical Irish pubs such as Shamrock Pub at Kirchengasse 3, Flanagans at Schwarzenberg Strasse 1-3.

Nightlife in Vienna:  The clubs

The city also features a variety of bars of varied styles, from relaxed lounge-like places to posh and trendy bars with tremendously fancy cocktails.  Check out Stylez, a relaxed mixture of lounge club and bar, located right of Mariahilfer Strasse. Manolos, a stylish and fairly posh place with a Latin American touch located at Volksgarten Strasse. Mas! , a Mexican style bar located on Laudongasse. The city also sports a variety of wine bars, such as Wein & Wasser, a cute little wine bar at Laudongasse, the Wein & CO Bar Schottentor, a wine store with a bar, and the Villon Wine bar at Habsburgergasse.

The Nightlife in Vienna also offers a large variety of clubs from cozy disco pubs to full-scale clubs and multi floor discotheques such as, the Kju:bar , a fixed star in Vienna’s party universe, Porgy and Bess Jazz and Music Club, a multi-story jazz venue which draws in a laidback crowd of all ages, the Gnadenlos in the very centre of the city, and the Down Under, an Australian pub with a good variety of live music .

The city also hosts some mainstream clubs such as, the Passage , used to be a pedestrian underpass before turning into a club , the Ra’ mien a cool club in the basement of an Asian restaurant. There are also some alternative clubs in town such as, Flex, one of the largest pubs in town located right at waterfront. The Chelsea, one of the most popular venues for retro and alternative music. The city also hosts a few large discotheques such as Volksgarten and Club Couture. Aux Gazelles is a dance club with Arabic music and belly dancers galore.

Apart from the pubs, bars and clubs mentioned, the Nightlife in Vienna features a lot of special venues and parties regularly hosted in sometimes very unusual places!


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