Sláinte! Vienna’s best Irish pubs

September 15, 2015

Guide to
Sláinte!
Vienna’s best
Irish pubs

September 15, 2015

Vienna Würstelstand's says

For those craving the warm, wood-panelled, dimly lit celtic atmosphere, the friendly craic at the bar, and the Irish ale or whisky – here’s your ultimate guide to Vienna’s 6 best Irish pubs.

Molly Darcy’s – Best Pubs

Where: Teinfaltstraße 6, 1010 

Opening times
MON–THU: 11am–2am
FRI–SAT: 11am–3am
SUN: 2pm–1am

The craic: A wee little man wearing a paddy cap and smoking a pipe told us that the entire interior of this very popular Irish pub in the 1st district was shipped over from Ireland. Ok, it may have been the owner that told us that, nevertheless, the place is clad in dark wooden panelling under dim lighting like any good Irish pub away from home should be. Their Guinness is rated one of the best in the city.

While through the week it’s a good local pub for quiet drinks or some typical pub food (burgers, cottage pie, steak sandwiches etc.), passing through the pub on a Friday or Saturday night when live music draws a crowd is like squeezing through somebody’s intestines. The staff are a friendly bunch, and largely responsible for the regulars that line the bar most nights. It’s also said that if you kiss the bald head of the barman, Chris, it brings good luck in love – to be surrrre.

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Irish pub grub (food):  nothing special, but will fill the drunken hole
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Highlight on the drinks menu: O’Hara Irish Pale Ale
Pub quiz: yes

We also recommend you try… one of the regularly changing guest craft beers.

Website: www.mollydarcys.at

Charlie P’s – Best Pubs

Where: Währinger Straße 3, 1090 

Opening times
MON–FRI: 2pm–2am
SAT: 1pm–2am
SUN: 1pm–1am

The craic: Having matured with new branding and a prettying up in the recent years of its almost 20 year life, Charlie P’s has remained a favourite Irish watering hole for a long while. While its upstairs bar possesses all of the typical traits of an Irish pub abroad – dim lighting, wood panels as far as the eye can see – we particularly like their cosy booths that make you feel like you’re in a little closed off tree house. The range of beer is generous, with the typical suspects on the menu – Guinness, Kilkenny, a couple of ciders – there’s also a hand-selected collection of craft beer.

Its makeover in recent years has seen a part of the pub transformed into a handsome dining area, serving up a kick-ass kitchen of fancy pub grub – from fish and chips to rib-eye steak and burgers. There are some crazy, messy drunken antics and fun happening at their infamous funk and soul party on Friday night, Get the funk out Friday, and the pub quiz is a favourite in town.

Whisky selection: (over 67 whiskeys/whiskys to choose from)
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Our drink of choice: One of the impressive range of craft beers
Pub quiz: yes

Website: www.charlieps.at

Flanagan’s – Best Pubs

Where: Schwarzenbergstraße 1–3, 1010 

Opening times
MON–THU: 10am–2am
FRI–SAT: 10am–4am
SUN: 10am–12am

The craic: This vast, sweeping place is a favourite on the expat circuit, and one of the first places that fill up when there’s rugby or football on the television. It’s made up of the bits and pieces of an old pub that used to live in an Irish town, and it shows. Its summer garden is a nice spot to down a pint after work, while the long bar inside is welcoming. A range of whiskys can be seen behind the bar that are all fairly priced, as is the rest of the drinks menu.

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Our drink of choice: Lagavulin single malt whiskey (16 year old)
Pub quiz: yes

Website: www.flanagans.at

O’Connor’s Old Oak – Best Pubs

Where: Rennweg 95, 1030 

Opening times
MON–FRI: 10:30am–1am
SAT: 1pm–1am
SUN: 1pm–10pm

The craic: Native Irish family man, David, opened Lane and Merriman’s doors in 2014, basing its concept of what your typical Irish pub in ye’ good ol’ days was like – a local organic deli and restaurant in the look of a dining room. Unlike other Irish bars, the focus is rather more on the food than booze, and its culinary credentials are strong. Working with organic ingredients, the menu is packed with the hearty, staple Irish dishes, e.g. pies and a popular bulging burger that sits as high as my pint.
This place is also the only Irish pub in town not pouring Guinness, but instead selling Guinness’ modest stout cousin, O’Haras. The other craft draught brews on the obscure, yet impressive beer list should not be ignored like Dead Pony Pale Ale and Jaipur. The whisky and malt selection is also fit for the fanatics.
The atmosphere will win you with its Irish charm, from David who constantly greets and farewells customers, to the old oil lanterns hanging in rows above the candle-lit tables and Samuel Beckett’s omnipresent painted face watching over it all. Read our full review of Lane and Merriman’s here.

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Our drink of choice: O’Haras Irish stout
Pub quiz: no

We recommend… also coming for one of their quality breakfasts, or the freshly baked cakes and breads that are available daily.

Website: www.oconnors.at

Bockshorn – Best Pubs

Where: Naglergasse 7, 1010 

Opening times
Daily: 4pm–2am

The craic: This pocket of a pub, tucked away down an alley in Vienna’s old city center is big on character. With all kinds of shit and memorabilia hanging from the ceiling and walls – enough to send any cleaning lady into a breakdown – Bockshorn is the oldest Irish pub in Vienna. It’s also where you can arguably find the best pint of Guinness in town – if you can find space in there, that is. When we say this place is small, we mean standing room only, excusing yourself for brushing your crutch up against a big, burly looking guy’s ass accidently kind of small. Scoring one of the stools wrapped around the bar – which take a running leap to get onto – or at one of the two tables in the place, is a privilege, not a right.

It seems that once you’re swallowed by the sparse orange lighting of the place, you’ll start quoting Beckett, acquire bloodshot red eyes, and start telling stories of the high seas, or some other tale told by a weathered storyteller – it’s just of that kind of place.

The drinks list is spot on what you’d want in an Irish pub, and they really know their whisky with around 150 on offer.

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Our drink of choice: you can’t go past the Guinness or a nicely aged whiskey here.
Pub quiz: no

Website: www.bockshorn.at

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