Vienna is always worth a visit, especially for a long weekend. I recently received some pretty cool insider tips from Barbara Ludwig, host of the Hotel Beethoven. Check out some of my (current) favorite bars in Vienna.

best bars in Vienna

Puff Bar – One of the best bars in Vienna

The Puff is a cocktail bar and – believe it or not – gets its name from its former life as a red light establishment. Also dating to this time are the booths with black leather benches and the shiny tiled floor. The rest has been completely turned upside down. And done so by the Viennese design duo Walking Chair, which has implemented a number of highly humorous ideas here.

They created light flowers from old PET bottles, shining bar stools on the ceiling and, as a special eye-catcher, cocktail machines. These objects welded together from old porcelain and crockery can be ordered by guests, ideally by groups, for an evening. The ingredients flow via infusion hoses through bowls and vases, where they absorb special aromas such as a gherkins or limes, wind their way through ice and arrive at the bottom as a finished cocktail. It’s the fun way to drink cocktails. But that’s not all. Because sensationally good highballs (long drinks with soda, tonic water or lemonade) are poured at the bar. A real recommendation among the bars in Vienna!

best bars in ViennaThe BirdYard Eatery and Bar

The BirdYard Eatery and Bar in Vienna’s buzzing 8th district is run by the two brothers who are also behind the trendy and flourishing Mama Liu & Sons Hot Pot restaurant.

best bars in ViennaIt combines a high-end culinary experience with a loungy bar atmosphere divided between the upstairs and downstairs areas. When the two top floors are dedicated to enjoying contemporary food in a cool, minimalist interior, is the bar in the basement a color explosion to the world of exotic cocktails. In my opinion, it is a must visit for any culinary enthusiast in town.

best bars in ViennaLoos Bar

Officially just called the American Bar, this place should already be on the itinerary for anyone with an interest in architecture. Designed by Adolf Loos, a pioneer of modern architecture in Vienna and quite a controversial figure in his day, this small, atmospheric bar has been one of the city’s architectural centrepieces for more than a century.

Though the bar doesn’t serve food, its drinks are superb. The skilled barmen can knock up a classic cocktail or several and the menu runs to six kinds of martinis, plus five kinds of Manhattans. Opened in 1908, Loos remains one of the most unusual and interesting bars in Vienna.

(source: World’s Best Bars)

So, I hope you will get a chance to enjoy at least one of these bars in Vienna on your next visit.


photo credits: Puff BarBirtYard, Loos Bar (Robin Roger Peller)