If you're looking to hear some great jazz music, visit Porgy & Bess. This club is located in the Inner City and has been in business since 1993. Stop by on any given night and you're bound to witness some excellent musicianship, whether it's by a well-known band, or by locals participating in the jam session.
Extremely popular with the locals, 1516 Brewery is a great place to go for relaxed drinks, sporting events and celebrations with friends. In keeping with the purity law of the year 1516, they produce a wide selection of unfiltered Ales and Stouts. Its proximity to the opera and its position in the heart of the 1st District make it an easy drop-in spot. With a great menu, this ever jovial international hotspot for young people is where you'll find probably the friendliest staff in the entire city, and that is a remarkable feat within itself!
This enormous Irish pub is possibly one of the biggest in the world. Tucked away in the 9th District, Charlie P's is usually packed full of patrons around the clock, all week long. Featuring all the classic pieces of an Irish pub, from the stained glass, dark wood and Guinness on tap, Charlie's is Irish through and through. They even offer a traditional menu of pub grub that's served until midnight.
Want to make your coffee Irish? Then walk into Onyx Bar. Located on the sixth floor of the beautiful Haashaus, the bar is a trendy place to chat over drinks. The lounge is plush with awesome views from the windows. There are many options and the wait staff is pretty accommodating. The crowd is elite but not stand-offish. Group reservations are a must, since preference is given to hotel guests.
Flex is the place for fans of non-commercial music. However, this does not mean that they don't play commercial sounds at all. The music and DJs vary nightly; Wednesdays are "London Calling" with independent music; Thursdays are known as "Dub Club" and feature drum & bass and hip-hop. It is not overcrowded (around 200 people on a normal night) although the dance floor can hold about 600 people. There is a coffee shop at the water's edge where you can wait before it opens (5p). However, crowds rarely gather at Flex before midnight. Check out the detailed Web site for details.
The SKY Bar is one of the poshest places in Vienna to be seen having a cocktail and comes complete with a dress code and all. Despite the pricey drinks, you can be sure you won't get stiffed on the content, quality, or superior taste of their cocktails and drinks. Amber lighting and off-white décor enhance the equally superior rooftop panorama of downtown Vienna, which is most spectacular from the patio on warm summer nights. Reservations are a must if you would prefer to have a table. James Bond himself would feel right at home in this smooth lounge.
A recent addition to the famous chain in Europe, WEIN & CO in Stephansplatz, lives up to expectations, serving as a wine bar, eatery and a shop as well. Come by and sample the Mediterranean fare and wash it down with the famous wines - there are over 60 to choose from. Perfect for business lunches, they offer a two course meal at a set price. Impress your client and choose anything from the exquisite wine selection, although your best bet would be the wine from the Burgenland region of Austria.
Master bartender Roberto Pavlovic's self-named bar is a trendy, yet classically stylish affair, much like the expertly mixed cocktails served up within the chic premises. The decor is elegantly contemporary, done up in blacks and golds with the main bar area perfect for patrons to mingle and socialize or cozy booths for a more intimate experience. Dominated by the stunningly dramatic chandelier, the space exudes an air of classy opulence. The bar opens every evening at 4, and by six expect a crowd as it is quite popular with an eclectic crowd of hipsters, suited professionals and couples. The lively atmosphere, friendly service and delicious drinks have people coming back for more. For additional details, visit the website.
Sparkys Unlimited Bar & Grill offers a dim and groovy ambience for relishing steaks, complemented by beer, wine and cocktails. Its interiors are decorated with strings of light that sparkle and have a distinct feel of Christmas or a holiday. Its steaks are prepared using a fusion of American and Viennese recipes. The menu features boiled beef, wings, ribs, steaks, schnitzel and burritos. It also has prix fixe menus that change by the day. This bar and restaurant can also be hired by those who are looking for a holiday-like ambience for their next party.
Do & Co is part of Attila Dogudan's (who also owns the Onyx-Bar and the Aioli in the same house) restaurant emporium in Haas house, just opposite St. Stephan's cathedral. This restaurant, on the seventh floor of the building, has arguably the best view in town. Dining here, you quite simply have the whole of Vienna at your feet. The cuisine is a combination of contemporary Viennese and Asian food. The waitresses working here are said to be the fastest and most efficient in town.
Café Bar Bloom offers a stylish atmosphere with lavish carpeting, ornamental tiled walls, green sofas with rich Oriental patterns and a sleek bar with dim lighting. Here guests, can enjoy a variety of scrambled egg and ham dishes for breakfast, while the lunch menu serves items like Sheep's Cheese wrapped in Bacon, Bloom Club Sandwich and Bloom Cake with raspberry marmalade. To the sound of soft and soothing music, patrons can sip fine wines, cocktails like Vienna Blood and Big Apple, and globe-spanning teas such as Darjeeling and Spring Bamboo.