Because waltz isn’t the only way to dance
Go to an alternative Viennese Ball in February
When walking around central Vienna in January and February, you will very often encounter people slightly overdressed for a regular night out. Well, if the overdressed outfit implies a tuxedo or a gown, chances are these people are going to a Viennese Ball where they drink fancy drinks from fancy glasses, dance the waltz and pretend the Habsburgs will show up any minute. Yes, the Balls in the Hofburg and other palace-like locations have been around ever since white, curly toupées were a thing, and like many things in this city, they haven’t changed much. Still, every year some alternative events pop up piggybacking these balls, in alternative locations, with less rules and a more present-day atmosphere. Like these, for example:
The tagline of this event is ‘tradition meets the future at a ball with bass.’ And that pretty much sums it up. This crazy night of Techno in the grungy and industrial halls of the old Ottakringer brewery will be offering up 4 floors to dance like mad to the finest Techno beats. The dress code still applies so come dressed fancy in suits and gowns, and some people even paint their faces.
The Rosenball is an annual parallel event to the very traditional Viennese Opera Ball. Instead of the classical music and typical Viennese waltz music, there’ll be House and Disco music. It’s both a cheeky wink, and a tribute, to the Austrian ball culture and is often dubbed as the alternative Opera Ball.