The cultural space slash art project slash club, Das Werk has been hit hard by the Coronavirus shutdown. With all of its clubbing events obviously cancelled until further notice, it’s had to get innovative, and its done so in a fantastic fashion. These days, out the front of the waterside location, you’ll see festive flags strung across its entrance and a awesome terrace. They’re calling it their Kulture Terrasse, and this terrace o’ culture is offering street food, music, street art, cultural happenings and markets (on selected weekends). It’s like one long summer street festival is happening at Das Werk this year and we strongly advise you to get in on it.
It doesn’t take much to spend an amazing evening at the Donaukanal. The conga line of bars that line this waterway change every year, so we thought we’d take a look for you what’s going on this year.
What’s the Donaukanal look like in the summer of 2020? We’ve cruised the promenade to bring you a list of the new, along with some of the old favourites:
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ADRIA – Donaukanal
Pilsner Urquell draft beer = 3.90€
The veteran drinking dock of Vienna’s waterway, the ADRIA Wien, has had its annual makeover, and has also put on considerable weight. Still with its rugged DIY look of wood and steel rods, the ADRIA’s sandy stretches now spans the length of a modestly-sized dairy farm along the water’s edge. Its orginal bar is serving up some dishes (from the crowd by Speisen ohne Grenze), and a vast range of drinks (including their popular house creation, the ADRIA Spritzer). The staff are down-to-earth friendly here, and the atmosphere is all about lazy days with toes in the sand, head in the clouds.
We really like… how they offer free self-service flavoured water at the bar.
Badeschiff – Donaukanal
Sundeck and restaurant: Daily, 9am–1am
Pool: Daily, 8am–10pm
Like a penguin can’t fly, the Badeschiff is a ship that can never set sail. But wipe that frown off your face as that’s good news for us! As one of the first spots to hang out on the Donaukanal, little by little, the Badeschiff has grown to what it is today – a ship containing a restaurant, a pool, a sun deck, a football cage and a bowling alley. And the Badeschiff is back in 2020 with a new look – it’s pink and has never looked better as a spot to hang out at on summer days.
It’s roof area boasts a double deck sun deck. On a sunny day, you’ll struggle to find a deck chair up here, as it proves to be a very random, and funky setting in the city to lie in your swim suit. Meanwhile, the pool is still a favourite amongst those taking a dip before or during work hours (the quiet hours), while it fills up after 5pm with all kinds of people.
Good to know: a day ticket to the pool will cost you 5€
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Strandbar Herrmann – Donaukanal
Nestled in a cove beneath the towering Urania, the umbrellas are up and the round bar is as busy as it is every year. The veteran of the Donaukanal hasn’t changed much this year, but keep your eye on the Strandbar Hermann website for the diverse event program they typically run throughout the summer season, including stuff like free morning yoga sessions, puppet theater, and plenty of DJ sessions.
They’ve also upped their game in the kitchen in recent years if all that drinking in the sun inspires a hunger.
Flex – Donaukanal
THU–SAT: 8pm–6am (extended opening times apply for special events)
Come as you are to the grungy, old lady of Vienna’s clubbing scene, Flex. While her insides are typically booming with some kind of concert or club night, her sweeping outside beer garden, made up of graffiti and chewing gum ridden black bench seats and tables, are a favourite for those that prefer punk to pretentious. After over 20 years, the event venue/underground party location still delivers the goods, attracting international music acts, and producing severe memory lapses. And it still looks like the dark insides of a cocaine addict’s nostril.
The adjoining Flex Café opened 8 years back to give night strollers and club goers the opportunity to start on a few drinks and prep their minds before entering into the grungy dungeons of the club. Its neon lights out front act like a lighthouse for the party revellers. Keep an eye on their website to stay up to date with what music acts are passing through.
Krypt & Die Burgermacher summer pop-up – Donaukanal
It’s one of the biggest, most beautiful marriages of the year in Vienna – the cocktail basement bar, Krypt, has joined forces with the masters of the burger, Die Burgermacher, in the form of a tastefully laid out pop-up location on the Donauakanal. Directly across from the Badeschiff, it’s got some stylish arrangements of rattan chairs and tables scattered on their own little sand island.
Expectedly, both of these top notch locations are serving up here at their summer pop up what they’re damn good at – tasty cocktails and bodacious burgers.
Tel Aviv Beach – Donaukanal
The familiar face of the Tel Aviv beach bar never ages, and they’re back this year looking better than ever. They’ll be doing their sexy thing, filling up with bronzed bodies and bikinis on a daily basis. Their menu has an international look to it with burgers and filled pita breads amongst the mix. And they’re hosting more and more events this summer so keep an eye on their website.
Grelle Forelle – Donaukanal
Changes daily. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for events.
The much loved shady waterside club, Grelle Forelle has been closed since COVID hit this year and their reopening will be slow and staggered. But, as big lovers of the club, we hope they’re bad sooner rather than later. They’ve got their spacious terrace on which you can expect some summer events happening. Meanwhile, watch this space and keep your eye on this space…well, actually even better keep an eye on the Grelle Forelle website and look forward the next dark and dirty (and we’re not taking about the cleanliness of the place – wink, wink) night in the halls of Forelle.
Central Garden – Donaukanal
What began as a little cart selling food and drink and some beer benches has evolved into a outdoor location, complete with decking and a little kiosk. The little location, Central Garden, is back again this year and its offering the same as it does every year – a pleasant spot for a drink with friends in a chilled waterside setting.
Good to know… The Central Garden is also a cultural and sport space. When COVID is not hanging around, you can catch all kinds of events happening here.
Hafenkneipe – Donaukanal
Daily: 4pm–12am (in case of good weather)
Pizza Margherita= 6,50€
Hafenkneipe is one of the original bars that setup on the Donaukanal and to this day it’s still a favourite for many. Standing alone a little removed from the crowds of beach bars further upstream, you’ll find a bunch of people chilling on Hafenkneipe’s drink crates and deckchairs, while enjoying the Donaukanal breeze. You’ll also find a stand attached to the bar grilling and serving up trout on a stick, the mighty Steckerlfisch. Served with tzatziki, a slice of lemon, and all-you-can-eat bread, the fish comes served in the traditional no-fuss way – on a piece of waxy paper.
Plus: you’ll definitely want to get a classic Austrian sweet, a Schwedenbombe (chocolate puff), for desert after your fish – it’s the Austrian thing to do
Good to know… Hafenkneipe also serve up a good pizza.
Outdoor SuperCycle classes – Donaukanal
While the Donaukanal has long been known as a bike-lovers paradise, the site of a bike army peddling their hearts out, but not going anywhere, is a new sight to be seen in 2020. The super fit crowd from SuperCycle have thrown together a pop-up this year, right across from the Badeschiff at which they’ll be running their brand of spin classes. In the words of the SuperCycle website, they’re looking to offer their ‘signature dance-cycling classes in an outdoor environment, to connect with the joy of our choreographed on-bike dance parties.’