What if Heidi ran away from her grandfather’s alpine cabin to see the lights of the big city? And what if she met an alien in a futuristic bar and they both popped some pills and shared a few intimate moments in the bar’s bathroom? Well, If she’d fallen pregnant and given birth to an offspring, I’d say that’s how Vienna’s newest Heuriger (wine tavern) “Zum Gschupftn Ferdl” was born.
Here, Vienna’s traditional roots of the wine tavern meets the pixelated world of Space Invaders. Or as Moriz, one of its founding fathers, puts it:
“The Viennese heurige tavern got more and more outdated, becoming a museum attraction for when the relatives came to town, rather than a location where you would sit, listen to songs, drink and eat. we wanted to change that.”
And they did. Everything about the place screams ‘change’, from the taproom tiled in 8-bit design to the flashy neon coloured menu, right down to the circus shooting gallery in the cellar. But don’t go thinking this place is all quirky graphics and strange novelties; the team’s love for quality in food and wine runs deep. All products here are of bio quality and that’s something you won’t get in any other Heurigen in Vienna.
There’s also the jukebox with over 700 songs by Austrian musicians. Having been named after the classic Wiener Lied (Viennese folk song), “Der gschupfte Ferdl,” one could assume the unique playlist will play a big part in making this new Heuriger love child a home for hungry and thirsty folks.
If you don’t dig canned music, never fear; “Zum Gschupftn Ferdl”, will be hosting live music every Saturday for the next couple of weeks.
So as for the instructions to this computer game Viennese Heurgier: take a seat, choose something on the jukebox, make some friends, order a portion of their already famous Schupfkrapfen – filled either with meat or “Blunzn” (blackpudding) or a vegetarian option (yes, that’s right – veggies will also feel at home here at this heuriger), and throw back a glass of white wine with it. For example, the “Grüne Reblaus”, a Grüner Veltliner from H&M Hofer from the heart of Lower Austria’s Weinviertel goes down a treat.
If you’d like to show off a little, go for the “Millionärsbrettl”, a large “Brettljause” – freshly cut ham, sausage and cheese with pickles and bread – again all bio.
And just in time for summer, there’s going to be two Schanigärten (beer gardens) – one in front of the Ferdl and one located in the rather shady Raimundhof. Now that’s living, Vienna style.