Where: Naglergasse 7, 1010
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.
Our drink of choice: you can’t go past the Guinness or a nicely aged whiskey here.
Pub quiz: no