There are many awesome bars and cafes in Vienna that you’ll only know about if you’ve caught wind of them via word of mouth – or a cool article in Vienna Würstelstand, of course.
While many say Vienna has no nightlife, our theory is that it’s just spread out over the city, so it’s not so obvious, meaning you have to go looking for it. Plus, the infamous speakeasy bars like to keep themselves hidden, online atleast, so to keep that air of mystery and exclusivity.
The bars krypt. and Tür 7 are definitely a little tricky to find, however, those who know them, love their dimly-lit and stylish appeal. To get into both of these cocktail joints, you first have to find the entrance and ring the doorbell.
For a similarly exclusive-feeling affair, check out the American-inspired cocktail bar, Barfly’s Club, which you enter by walking down a grand stairwell of a hotel in Vienna’s 6th district.
Now, if these speakeasies don’t feel hidden and like you’re doing something illegal, enough, just wait ’til you pay The Chapel a visit. To get there, you have to walk through another bar until you find a secret door that’ll lead you into a confessional booth.
Many stories have been thrown around about the legendary veteran cafe/ bar, Café Malipop in the 3rd district. Actually, most of the stories are about the owner and resident vinyl DJ, Margit, and her erratic and strange house rules (word of warning: be on your best behaviour, otherwise, you’ll be kicked out). Another cool bar who’s windows are crowded by plants as to make it kind of hidden is the rough-around-the-edges bar with a lot of heart and soul, Café Anno, in the 8th district.
If you want to spend hours on end playing board games with your friends, Café Sperlhof in the 2nd district is sincerely loved by all those who know of it. You’ll be sitting in between towers of board game boxes, which makes the experience all the more fun.
Finally, check out the lovely Gartencafé in the 6th district. On first glance, this place seems like a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop, but you’ll be amazed once you walk into their lusciously green garden out the back.