Hey, hey! We’ve selected the very best of what’s happening in Vienna this week so you can spend less time working out what to do, and spend more time making the most out of this city… and life.
Check out below the 37 awesome things happening this week in Vienna:
Ice skating wonderland with a picturesque background, anyone?
When: November 17 – January 7, 10am–10pm
Entry: tba, for more information click here
Finally, you won’t have to wait for January to do one of the most romantic things in a Viennese winter (or to get all of those bruises that you tell people you got in a bar fight). The winter wonderland that pops up in front of the Rathaus every year once the Christmas markets have closed, is opening a little earlier this year. The Wiener Eistraum ice skating rink will already open this week, at least part of it. Check out the website for details, such as how much you’ll be forking out for entry and skate rental.
Recommended if you like: embarrassing yourself on a first date because you have two left feet on skates, doing pirouettes on the ice, sharpening your skates with a steely look in your eye, planning something romantic with your loved ones, trying out the moves from Starlight Express on ice
Design pop-up shop in a funky coffeehouse
When: THU, November 9 – WED, January 31 | WED–FRI: 11am–7pm, SAT: 10am–6pm
There’s an oddly named design pop-up shop, popping up in the reborn hipster coffeehouse in the first district, Rien. Showcasing and selling awesome products from local creatives, it’s surely worth checking out during the lead up to Christmas (hint, hint, nudge, nudge). If this place gets any cooler (a whale on the roof, weekly music sessions and now a design shop!) , we’re going to have to stop going!
Recommended if you like: forearm Tattoos, beards, ham and cheese toast, filling your wardrobe with unique fashion, being that member of the Family that everybody knows for thoughtful and cool gifts
Viennese designer’s pop up for a sale
When: MON–SUN, January 8–28 | MON–FRI: 12pm–7pm, SAT–SUN: 12pm–6pm
Ausstellungsraum.at on Gumpendorfer Straße will be turned into a pop up shop all January long (Jan. 8–28), as they feature a handful of Viennese labels selling their items, including sales pieces and items from their new collections. At this quaint little pop up shop you’ll find jewellery, fashion, accessories, and all sorts of other stuff, including the glass of Prosecco that will be waiting for you.
Features labels are: n a n a, á la mode, lila, ulliko, nefeli, sila
Recommended if you like: Sunday shopping in Vienna, Viennese design and designers, spontaneous pop up events, having a unique wardrobe, starting the new year off right with adding trendy items to your wardrobe
The premiere of a documentary about an American surf rebel
When: MON, January 15, 8:15pm
Where: Urania Kino
Entry: 9.10€ (7.90€ students), buy your ticket here
Probably the most complex surf documentary of all time will premiere at the Urania Kino this Monday. Bunker 77, an award-winning film, tells the story of the mysterious star of the surf scene, Bunker Spreckles, who died at the tender age of 27. Get yourself a ticket here and be at the screening this Monday! Watch the trailer, here:
Recommended if you like: documentaries, the rebel lifestyle, surfy bums, snorting white substances out of good looking people’s belly buttons, stories from afar, dreaming of exotic places and then traveling to them
It’s time to test your travel knowledge
When: MON, January 15, 8:30pm–12:30am
Entry: 1€ for each participant! Registration required – send a message here or here!
All the money you spent on travelling will be worth it (well, we know travelling is worth every penny, but it’s always good to find something extra, right?). It’ll be the 3rd travel pub quiz at the Irish bar with a decent craft beer list, Shamrock Pub, this Monday. You can finally test your (and your friends’) knowledge on capital cities, rivers, and landmarks (and other travel-related things). Register your team (4 people max) right away! Oh, and, of course, there’ll be a prize for the winners.
Recommended if you like: knowing more or less irrelevant things, a good ol’ pub quiz, playing games, team activities, a friendly competition that might turn violent after you’ve had too many beers
An evening dedicated to an Austrian Jazz legend
When: MON, January 15, 8:30pm
Where: Porgy & Bess
Entry: 20€, buy your ticket here
Hans Koller was one of the first Austrian jazz musicians to gain international fame in the 50s. In his honour, the Upper Austrian Jazz Orchestra will perform various compositions from various creative periods of Koller’s life. The event will take place at the Jazz club, Porgy & Bess, this Monday. Buy yourself a ticket here and get your ears blown away by these talented musicians.
Recommended if you like: dedicating your life to music, when musicians of different genres get together and create magic, supporting the local talent, a relaxed start to the week
Movie premiere of La novia del desierto
When: MON, January 15, 8:30pm
Entry: 9€, reserve your ticket here or via firstname.lastname@example.org
This Monday will see the Latin Film Lounge premiere of La Novia Del Desierto. The drama is about 54-year-old Teresa who used to work as a domestic employee in a family home in Argentina. The film follows her journey through the desert to reach her new job. Get yourself a ticket for the premiere this week here and have a look at the trailer:
Recommended if you like: traveling, dreaming of exotic places and then traveling to them, your beloved rucksack, stories from afar, red velvet seats, popcorn, improving your Spanish,
A workshop about how to protect your intellectual property in the digital age
When: TUE, January 16, 6pm–9pm
Where: Anzenberger Gallery
Entry: 85€, register here
Anzenberger Gallery is offering a workshop on copyright laws in our digital times of social media for all photographers and other content creators. The three-hour workshop, hosted by lawyer, Dr. Andreas Seling, will explain everything about how to use photos on Facebook, Instagram, etc. the right way and how to act in case someone uses your photos without crediting and asking you.
Recommended if you like: photography and art workshops, getting to know how it’s done, copyright and brand lawyers, listening to people who know their sh**, lectures and readings, sitting comfortably while being fed information, being a content creator
An exhibition opening in the centre of Vienna
When: TUE, January 16, 7pm–9pm
Where: Galerie Ernst Hilger
This week on Tuesday will be the exhibition opening of Jakob Kirchmayr at Galerie Ernst Hilger. The event will take place in one of Vienna’s finest contemporary art galleries in the heart of the city (literally, it couldn’t be any closer to the Stephansdom). Check out the artist here, and if you’re into his kinda work, be at the gallery this week.
Recommended if you like: mingling among artsy people, opening events, having the possibility of meeting the artist, telling the artist what you think of their work, contemporary art
Your last chance to see this great production!
When: TUE–WED, January 16–17, 8pm
Entry: 20€ (10€ students), buy your ticket here or reserve it here
For the second last and last time, the play Blei will be performed at the Schauspielhaus this Tuesday and Wednesday. Blei is a theatre production based on a movie about research on the city, Bleiburg in Slovakia. It’s something like a documentary-play and it sounds rather interesting to us. Get yourself a ticket here, and remember – this will be your last chance! Here’s the trailer of the play:
Recommended if you like: unusual plays, supporting and checking out small theatre companies, going to the theater, being all cultured for a night and stuff
Photo © Matthias Heschl
A journey through the world of beer
When: WED, January 17, 7pm–9pm
Where: Beer Store Vienna
Entry: 39€/person (group of 8–12 persons), make sure to register here
For all rookies in the world of beer and craft beer, the Beer Store Vienna is offering a nice guided tour through the world of beer varieties. Get to know about how beer is produced, try your way through different kinds of brews, listen to interesting facts, and chat with other beer-loving people.
Recommended if you like: beer, craft beer, workshops that involve alcohol, chilled evenings with like-minded people, making new friends, group-events with strangers, walking home drunk after a few rounds of beer, tasting beer like you do wine
Dreamy German indie rock live on stage
When: WED, January 17, 8pm–11pm
The German quartet, Levanter, will be live on stage at Kramladen this Wednesday evening, presenting their dreamy indie rock tunes full of guitar sounds, exceptional drum beats and vibrant bass. Check them out, here:
Recommended if you like: concerts and live gigs, seeing new bands, German indie rock bands, quartets, chilled evenings that turn into party nights, starting the night off right
Photo by Anna Liepelt
Austrian rock boy band at B72
When: WED, January 17, 8pm–11pm
Entry: 8€ pre-sale, 10€ at the doors
Tan Me, the rock/punk boy band from Lower Austria, is having an exclusive live concert at B72 this Wednesday evening. By turning up, you can have a night of rough guitar tunes and Austrian-German lyrics. Check out their song “Schnaps” here:
Recommended if you like: Austrian bands, live gigs and concerts, B72 evenings, German songs, boy bands, getting drunk on a Wednesday night, going out on week nights
Vintage swing, rock and roll party
When: WED, January 17, 8pm–1am
Where: Dachboden @ 25Hours Hotel
Shake your booty vintage style on a modern hipster rooftop. On Wednesday, the 25 Hours Hotel will be receiving DJ King D, who will be spinning on the decks a mix of music on 7-inch vinyl records, including Swing, Rock, and R&B – all of them having been released 25 years ago.
Recommended if you like: shaking your booty, going vintage, thick glasses with thick beards, using a typewriter instead of a mac
Screening of a black comedy classic
When: WED, January 17, 8:45pm–10:45pm
Where: Burg Kino
Entry: 9.50€ (7€/8€ students), buy your ticket here
At the Burg Kino, you’ll get to see one of the black comedy crime film classics, In Bruges. This film was written and directed by Martin McDonagh, and on the occasion of his new film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the Burg Kino will be screening his debut movie this Wednesday. If you haven’t seen this classic yet, have a look at the trailer:
Recommended if you like: loling, being a film fanatic, cult classics, films that’s make you smirk from beginning until end, the way Irish men talk, having a dark humour
A seriously talented Austrian jazz musician + equally talented ensemble
When: WED, January 17, 8:30pm
Where: Porgy & Bess
Entry: 20€, buy your ticket here
Max Nagl, the Upper Austrian saxophonist, band leader, and composer, produces music that one cannot describe in a few words. You’ll have to listen to him yourself to really get the gist of his creative work. Good for you that he and his ensemble will perform at Porgy & Bess this Wednesday. Get yourself a ticket here and catch some seriously talented musicians on stage. Listen to this and you’ll get a taste for it already:
Recommended if you like: dedicating your life to music, when musicians of different genres get together and create magic, supporting the local talent, a relaxed evening out
Vietnamese cooking class
When: THU, January 18, 6pm–10:30pm
Where: ConFusion – Asiatisch kochen
Vietnamese food has so much more to offer than Pho! This Thursday, the cooking school, ConFusion, will transport you to the exotic streets of Hanoi with a cooking course. The menu you’ll be learning in this intense (almost) 4-hour workshop will take you right back to the mouth-watering street markets of Vietnam, where you’ll learn some of the favourites.
Recommended if you like: experiencing culture through food, meeting people while cooking, being the next Master Chef, impressing your friends when they come over for dinner
Some kind of retro lounge at Club-U
When: THU, January 18, 10pm–5am
Spend your Thursday evening drinking, partying and flirting at Club-U’s Retro Lounge night. Electro pop is the sounds you’ll be hearing there… if you turn up, that is. Expect greatness. Or not. See for yourself, it’ll be free.
Recommended if you like: not knowing what to expect from an event, interesting locations, Karlsplatz, Otto Wagner, drinking before the weekend actually starts, everything retro
An online thing goes offline to celebrate itself
When: THU, January 18, 9pm–12am
Where: Fluc + Fluc Wanne
Skug.at is an online journal for music. And they’re relaunching their online platform and want to celebrate it offline! One-girl-band Ana Threat and FM4-Im-Sumpf’s Fritz Ostermayer will be showing off what they’ve got. The whole shebang will take place (for free!) at Fluc this Thursday.
Recommended if you like: parties of any kind, music that picks you up and throws you up into the sky, listening to FM4 in the car, that un-kept look, wearing mismatching socks, underground culture
A dark wave (band) from Italy is heading our way
When: THU, January 18, 8pm–12am
If you like Joy Division, Interpol, and Sisters of Mercy, you’ll probably like this band too. Sonic Jesus, a dark wave band from Italy, will be in town for their first gig in Vienna. Their support will be an Austrian ambient rock band, of like mind. Be at DasBach this Thursday and see them play live! Here’s what they sound like in case you’re interested:
Recommended if you like: the bands listed above, talented musicians performing live, snorting white substances out of good looking people’s belly buttons, messy nights full of booze and dry humping
A book presentation of a rather unusual Vienna guide
When: THU, January 18, 6:30pm–9pm
Where: Wien Museum
Entry: free! Register here
If you think that you’ve already seen all of Vienna, then this book and its reading is a perfect oppurtunity for you to discover you might not be 100 pro’ right on this one. The book is In Verborgenes Wien (Hidden Vienna), and the author is Michaela Lindinger. Both of them will guide you through Vienna off the beaten path, with no historical or cultural clichés. Be at the book presentation at the Wien Museum this Thursday where you’ll learn more about it.
Recommended if you like: exploring the city you’re living in, finding hidden treasures, geocaching, going for long walks beyond your district, Stranger Things
Revolte rum goes Austria!
When: THU, January 18, 6:30pm–2am
Where: The Birdyard
This Thursday will mark the date when you’ll be able to get the rum brand Revolte in Austria. This is reason enough for celebrations, and they’ll (meaning the funky cocktail bar – The Birdyard) bring in Samuel Antonio-Bernardo from the Cologne-based bar, Toddy Tapper. He’ll take over The Birdyard and will mix exceptional Revolte signature-drinks for you, and you’ll also get to meet a master distiller.
Recommended if you like: drinking like Jack Sparrow, drinking before the weekend actually starts, sipping your fancy drink while watching other people
A war and spy movie made in France
When: THU, January 18, 6pm–8:40pm
Where: Admiral Kino
Entry: 9€, reserve tickets via email@example.com
At the Admiral Kino, you’ll have the chance to watch Armee im Schatten (Army of Shadows), a French war and spy movie from 1969. Reserve yourself a ticket, and be at the cinema this Thursday. Here’s the trailer for the movie:
Recommended if you like: James Bond, red velvet seats, reading philosophy books instead of magazines, the way French people talk, being a film fanatic
Some fine singer-songwriter tunes at Polkadot Vienna
When: THU, January 18, 6:30pm–10pm
Where: Polkadot Vienna
A Jason from America met a Maria from Austria. They joined forces in 2004 and that’s how the music project, Maple & Mahogany, was brought to life. The duo will perform at the Polkadot Vienna this week on Thursday. It’ll be free, so show up and you’ll get to listen to some beautiful music there. Here’s what they sound like live:
Recommended if you like: checking out local talents, singer-songwriter tunes, toes in the sand, following the sun, living the good life, ever so cooly closing your eyes and listening to the music
An interesting reading at AU
When: THU, January 18, 8pm–9pm
It will be a reading without title, a mix of lyrical poetry, prose, and dramatic art. To be honest, we have no idea what will go on there, but you could check it out for us. It sounds weirdly interesting.
Recommended if you like: not knowing what to expect from an event, reading philosophy books instead of magazines, people who are better with words than you are
An exhibition on form and following rules in architecture
When: November 23, 2017 – April 4, 2018
Where: Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien
Entry: 9€ (7€ students, or for free on WED 5pm–7pm)
The exhibit ‘Form follows Paragraph’ will focus on how architects battle with their need to adhere to building regulations and standards in their designs. With a historical dimension in mind, the question arises whether famous sites of Vienna would have been possible under current regulations, and will also ask the question: what rules does society actually need, and which are actually overkill? You’ll have time to visit this exhibition until April 4. But come on, winter’s the perfect time for going to exhibitions, right?
Recommended if you like: opening events, reading history books that smell like your grandma, Sunday strolls through museums, thinking outside the box, being an architect
Getting your dose of contemporary culture with Thomas Bayrle’s exhibit
When: WED, October 25, 2017 – MON, April 2, 2018
Entry: 9.90€, students 7.50€, free entry every Tuesday 6pm–10pm
Berlin-born artist, Thomas Bayrle, will be featured at MAK this autumn with his solo exhibition, ‘If it’s too long, make it longer,’ that showcases a combination of his multi-medial works, along with his computer-generated art. Art, handicraft and industrial production are explored through dyeing, weaving and programming processes, creating a kaleidoscopic of forms and ornaments.
Recommended if you like: strolling through museums on a cold autumn day, mingling among artsy people, showing others that you are interested in art
Aesthetics of Change – 150 years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
When: December 12 – April 14
Where: MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
Entry: 15€ (students 9€)
The University of Applied Arts Vienna’s roots date back to 1867, when the School of Arts and Crafts was established at the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art & Industry, which is known as ‘the MAK’ today. The first is thus celebrating its 150-year-anniversary and the latter is hosting an exhibition in its honour. This exhibition, Aesthetics of Change, takes a look at the past 150 years of the talent that has gone through the University of Applied Arts Vienna, while it also dares to look into the future at the same time.
Recommended if you like: taking a museum stroll, the old and new, reading history books that smell like your grandma, wearing striped pyjamas to bed, Sunday strolling through museums
Photo via MAK/Georg Mayer
Traces of time: An exhibition that explores the behind the scenes of art
When: ongoing until February 26, 2018
Where: Leopold Museum
Entry: 8€–13€ (available here or at the door)
Focusing on the ‘how’ and not the ‘what’ is a large behind the creation of contemporary art, and not just art, but everyday objects in the world of art – photography and architecture, for example. Investigating the research aspect of art, and how it’s documented, this exhibition offers a unique look behind the scenes of contemporary art.
Recommended if you like: thinking outside the box, being outside your comfort zone, getting to know your city, being socially active, being culturally active, peeking behind the scenes, contemporary art, translating art talk and descriptions into something vaguely understandable
A glimpse at what’s happening in Vienna’s startup scene
When: FRI, January 19, 5:30pm–1am
Entry: Free! Register here
Join the hot new startup incubator program on January 19th when it’s first batch of startups graduate and demonstrate what they’ve been up to in terms of building their business. If you’re always curious to hear new ideas, or are looking to create a fresh business yourself, the demo day at weXelerate is a good platform for networking and to get a glimpse at the startup scene in Vienna.
Recommended if you like: listening to innovative ideas, brainstorming, having long-lasting conversations with someone about how to better the world, seeing what’s up in Vienna, making cash cash money money
A party that will take you from the 90s to the naughties
When: FRI, Jan 19, 11pm
Where: Club Titanic
Entry: 8€ before midnight and 10€ after
‘Wannabe in the pinkiest mist of craziness?
Then zig-a-zig ahh, baby. Your time has come.’
The Facebook event description ends with this, and we’re pretty sure you’re curiosity will end with this. Yep, it seems that those 90s and naughties parties are going to continue into 2018, with this one at the veteran of a club, Titanic, being the biggest of the bunch. Some say that the 90s were sexy, while others say that they were a nightmare, both in fashion and music. Whatever be your stance, we know secretly you’ve been waiting for this moment to dance once again to the Backstreet Boys or Spice Girls in public.
Recommended if you like: Backstreet Boys, Nick Carter, Bryan Adams, the 80s and 90s fashion trends that are back, fluorescent tank tops, Mario Kart
The Biggest House/Techno Club of Budapest is visiting Vienna
When: FRI, January 19, 11pm–6am
Where: SASS Music Club
Lärm is a one-of-a-kind techno club in the heart of Budapest that has earned a solid reputation for delivering a consistent high quality in terms of parties and DJ acts. As such, everyone and anyone in anyway connected with the place is now much sort after. And the House music collective Manifest have reeled them in to doing a club night in Vienna. The talented DJs from Manifest will be in support.
Recommended if you like: dark beats, techno, getting home when the birds are chirping, döner time at 4am, getting sweaty on the dancefloor
A Swing dance taster in the grandest of locations
When: FRI, January 19, 6pm–9pm
Where: Weltmuseum Wien
We are all cordially invited to dance in a venue so grand, you can hardly sniff at the chance. This Friday, the Weltmusuem is putting on a swing Taster Session, to wet your appetite for the trending dance forms of the Swing genre, including Charleston and Lindy Hop. There will be pro dancers there to help you out with your moves (if you need it) and don’t worry about bringing a dance partner – they’ll sort you out.
Recommended if you like: swing dancing, lindy Hop, Big Band music, the sound of the banjo, being slid under somebody’s legs, dancing until your feet hurt and the music won’t let you stop
A retro night out
When: FRI, January 19, 9pm–6am
Where: Chaya Fuera Club
Entry: 13€ or 10€ if you are dressed all vintage
Put on a spanking neat suit or swinging dress inspired by Audrey Hepburn, or at least a little something vintage, as Chaya Fuera is attempting to whisk all away to a magical land where Elvis and Aretha would share a drink while listening to the finest, ummm, Electro Swing… Well, admittedly that is not real from their time, but interlaced with that, there will be some of the best tunes from the 50s and 60s to get all on the dancefloor jiving.
Recommended if you like: parties with a difference, getting dressed up, music out of the 1920ies–1950ies, Lindy Hop, Burlesque shows, red velvet curtains and chandeliers, Elvis Presley
If sliding into the New Year doesn’t work for you, try swinging
When: FRI, January 19, 8pm–3am
Where: Mi Barrio
With this one, you can swing into the New Year and a new venue. IG Hop is one of Vienna’s leading Swing schools and swing party night hosts, has potentially found itself a new regular spot and hopefully permanent one at Mi Barrio. At this night of dancing, there will be live music to get your hips swinging and hopping provided by the Rakugaki Swinger Club (potentially from Russia), as well as a DJ. This will be one of those nights where you won’t be able to resist to dance, even if you have two left feet!
Recommended if you like: wearing your socks pulled up high and suspenders, dancing the lindy hop, Swing Big Band music, nostalgia of a time you never lived, antique shops and fleamarkets, vintage clothes
A coming of age thriller that is bound to make your childhood memories look rosy a.f.
When: FRI; January 19, 10:30pm–12:30am
Entry: 9.65€ (available here)
From the cutting and editing of the trailer, it looks like a film that could be very similar to Stranger Things, just without the whole Sci-Fi angle which makes it potentially even more terrifying. This Friday, follow the lives of Zach and Josh, two lads who have grown up together and barely spending a minute apart, until a horrible accident leads to secrets, lies, paranoia and violence, that drives a wedge between the two BFFs…
Recommended if you like: freaking out in public, having all your childhood fears rolled up into one movie, being put off having children, Donnie Darko, Stand By Me, dark times
The Story behind the greatest, most terrible cult movie ever
When: FRI–WED, January 19–31, 7pm–9pm
This is a film that tells the story behind the Greatest Bad Movie of all time (yes the capital letters are meant to be there); The Room (see trailers below). While The Room earns cult status for truly being terrible, it tells the story of a banker whose fiancee, inexplicably decides to seduce his best friend. The Disaster Artists is a reflection on the memories of Greg Sesteros, who on meeting Tommy Wiseaus in an acting class, forms a friendship, that helps them inspire each other to become what they always dreamed of – actors. We reckon we should all meet before going and watch ‘The Room’ together, you know, for perspective.
Recommended if you like: being a film fanatic, cult classics, calling yourself The Dude, films that’s make you smirk from beginning until end, a man full of class, tearing me apart Lisa, cult films, films that are soooo bad they are good