DRINK: 10 Of The Coolest Cocktail Bars In Vienna

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Roberto American Bar
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Vienna may not be known for its nightlife scene on the global stage, but mixology has become an art form full of creative concepts and artistic designs. You’ll find many American classic bars, or chic rooftops with spectacular views of the city. This list isn’t fashioned in the order of our favorites, but you might want to check out all of them since many aren’t too far away from each other. Raise your glass, prost!

Roberto American Bar – Best Cocktail Bar

Neighborhood: Old Town

Roberto American Bar
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The moody bar was my personal favorite for its intimate small space and stylish vibes. The cocktail menu comes in a book, with any type of classic cocktail one could imagine. If you’re not a smoker, this isn’t the place for you since Roberto American Bar allows indoor smoking, so everyone’s lit up. Centrally located, this is the perfect spot after sightseeing or concert in Old Town.

Onyx Bar – Best Location

Neighborhood: Old Town

Onyx Bar Vienna
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A block away from St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Onyx Bar sits on top of DO & CO Hotel with the most gorgeous view of the church. Floor-to-ceiling windows make this chic bar an absolute standout. Great cocktail selections and a wide collection of cigars as well. If you’re barhopping near the cathedral, then you can start at Onyx then end up at Roberto or Kleinod.

The Sign – Best Off-The Beaten-Path

Neighborhood: Liechtensteinstrasse

The Sign
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Made for the social media generation, cocktails here are not only delicious but also snap-worthy. Fish & Gin comes with a Nemo tail, and Manneken Pis is shaped like, well, Manneken Pis in Brussels. Away from tourists, The Sign is a fantastic neighborhood bar closer to University of Vienna. Just because it’s not in Old Town, doesn’t mean that it’s any less crowded especially on weekends. Often voted as the Best Bar in Vienna, The Sign has made a name for itself on the art of mixology, and taking it quite seriously. Creative and inventive, some cocktails even entail crazy ingredients like seaweed or squid ink.

Kleinod – Best Local Rec

Neighborhood: Old Town

Kleinod
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It means “gem” in German, Kleinod is also located near St. Stephen’s church and is a local favorite. The Art-Deco style design is for either the seen or or those who just want to see. Many cocktails are Asian-influenced, with Wasabi Martini, Lemongrass-infused favorites, or their famous Earl Grey Fizz. Be part of the sophisticated scene, with a whole lotta class in spirit! (Get the pun?!)

Das Loft Bar & Lounge – Best View

Neighborhood: Praterstraße

Das LOFT Restaurant, Bar & Lounge
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The Michelin-starred restaurant also offers a bar & lounge, Das Loft sits on top of Sofitel Hotel and features a magnificent ceiling mural designed by Pippiloti Rust. See the mural from the outside at night, in turn the bar will appear as it it’s floating in color. The view is even more breathtaking, so come here during sunset hours especially during wintertime. The vibe can be perceived as pretentious, but if you only head to the bar then dress code isn’t enforced. On Sunday afternoons, there are live DJs spinning turntables.

Palmenhaus – Best People Watching 

Neighborhood: Hofburg Palace

Palmenhaus, Vienna
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Day drinking at Palmenhaus is the best break from sightseeing in Old Town. The cafe/brasserie was build in 1901 by architect Friedrich Ohman who was commissioned to build a butterfly and palm house in the Hofburg Palace gardens. You can either grab a drink at the famous Marble Bar, or sit outside and people watch. There are DJs that spin live on Friday nights, you may run into tons of tourists but grabbing a drink in a renovated greenhouse is a pretty epic experience all on its own. Yes, the cocktail menu is very on point. Or just order a local sparkling wine.

Puff – Most Unique History

Neighborhood: Girardigasse, near Naschmarkt

Puff
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Puff is a former brothel that dates back to hundreds of years ago. It has now been transformed into a stylish bar with glass floor and leather seats. “Puff” actually is a German slang for “brothel,” and there are a secret pink room featuring a jacuzzi and beds. The beautifully decorated bar is enhanced by recycled water bottles and highlights a huge array of cocktails. Get the proseccos mixed with fresh fruit brought over from nearby Naschmarkt.

If Dogs Run Free – Best Interior Design

Neighborhood: Girardigasse, near Naschmarkt

If Dogs Run Free
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Designed by Vienna-based architectural design firm Tzou Lubroth Architekten, If Dogs Run Free is an inventive cocktail bar derived from nature-inspired traditional Chinese paintings. The theme and clientele comprise to a blend of art and design. The industrial walls juxtaposes an original installation on the ceiling, referred to as “Man and Nature.” The cocktails spans from classic to creative, can’t go wrong here!

Atmosphere – Best Rooftop

Neighborhood: near Stadtpark

Photo: Atmosphere.

On top of the posh Ritz-Carlton hotel, Atmosphere is the city’s best rooftop bar with a breathtaking view of the city. It’s only open from April and summer months, when you need the perfect glass of sparkling rosé or a delightful cocktail, ie: Sunshine Cobbler. When summer is over though, the bar may be closed but the Christmas market lights up the area during winter. Exuding an exclusive ambiance, this is certainly one of the chicest places to be in the city since the bar only holds 110 people, max.

Naschmarkt – Best Day Drinking

Neighborhood: Naschmarkt

Do-An
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Since Naschmarkt is already a must-see, might as well get a drink out of it! Cocktails might be stretching it a bit, but it’s on the list because you can find fantastic stands featuring microbrews, craft beers, and smaller local wine shops. Austria has a growing wine industry, producing lesser known labels in smaller volumes worth exploring. For cocktails specifically, head over to Naschmarkt Deli where DJs play live on weekends, and don’t forget Landsknecht beer house or Do-An.

Wendy Hung

CEO, FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and Russia because they were all so different! St. Bart's was pretty amazing too (wink)!

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