You need to know exactly where to go in Vienna to seek out the nightlife and you will find quite a party going on in certain districts – especially as it’s legally possible to drink for 24 hours. The majority of bars and clubs can be found in “Bermuda Dreieck” or the Bermuda Triangle – presumably because after several hours of sampling the local beer it’s possible to vanish from the face of the earth only for you to be discovered rolling about in the gutter! This area covers Rabensteig, Seitenstettengasse, Ruprechtsplatz and the streets around them.
Vienna Nightlife Travel Guide
The Naschmarkt is a more interesting place to devour alcohol with its late licenses, and Spittelburg is another popular place to go. The narrow streets behind Burgasse and Siebensterngasse just by the MuseumsQuartier have many little bars and café’s that are lit up long into the night. In summer, visit the courtyards of the universitatscampus where the students congregate.
The nightclubs are usually quite small affairs that are essentially late night bars with DJ’s. People rarely dance but prefer to sit back and listen to the music. The weekly entertainment listings in Falter magazine provides a good list of bars and clubs and during the summer months there are free pop festivals and jazz events all over the city.
The price of drinks can be high but clubs’ cover charges aren’t usually too pricey.
1, Burgring Telephone – 533 0518 Opening hours – Sun-Thurs; 8pm-2am, Fri, Sat; 8pm-4am.
Something of a Viennese institution, this is the city’s longest-running pub and you can shake your party shoes on the outdoor dance floor in summer.
2. Nightfly’s Club
Dorotheergasse, 14 Telephone – 512 9979 Opening hours – Winter-Spring, Mon-Sat 8pm-3am, Summer-Autumn, Mon-Sat 6pm-3am.
Sway and smile to the old Sinatra classics in this cosy cellar bar.
3. Passage 1
Babenberger Passage, Burgring/Bubenbergerstrasse Telephone – 961 881 Opening hours – 10pm-4am.
A brand new, funky club located in a converted pedestrian underpass at the back of the Kunsthistorisches museum. Filled with Vienna’s best-dressed and most beautiful.
Schonbrunner Strasse 222 Telephone – 815 8307 Opening hours – 11pm – 5am
A famous dark, cavernous bar with live music most nights. Thursday is gay-friendly night with all the disco classics being played.
Although the Viennese aren’t known for their all-night parties, there are certain districts that have a number of after-hours venues ranging from jazz to the latest DJ’s who have their residences in newly converted clubs.