Vienna Nightlife

The most popular cluster of bars is in the old Jewish Quarter (First District), in an area around Ruprechtskirche known as the Bermuda Dreieck (Bermuda Triangle). Other districts with fewer tourists include the Spittelberg area, around Amerlinghaus (Seventh District) and in the Fourth District, adjacent to the Naschmarkt. Many of the best places in Vienna will not be obvious to tourists, as they are strictly marketed at locals and are not necessarily in the centre of town. Quite a few clubs operate choosy door policies, where the beautiful or the correctly dressed waltz past the queue. Alternatives to the club and bar scene abound - hip and trendy Viennese still enjoy traditional favourites, such as heurigen (beer taverns) and the city's many balls.

For information on what kind of sound and crowd to expect on any given night of the week, pick up Der Falter listings paper (www.falter.at) or check out Szene (www.szenewien.com).

Tickets to cultural events are available from all major concert venues and theatres. Bookings can also be made at Bundestheaterkassen, 01, Hanuschgasse 3 (tel: (01) 5144 42960; www.bundestheater.at). For cultural listings, check out the monthly magazine Programm, published by the Albetinaplatz tourist office. Other listing sources include Wien Magazin (www.wienmagazin.at), Wien Live (www.wienlive.at) and Falter (www.falter.at).

Bars in Vienna

Amerlingbeisl

Amerlingbeisl
The Spittelberg area (Seventh District) is dotted with bars, including the perennially popular Amerlingbeisl, with its leafy garden. This relaxed pub is a must-go in Vienna, especially around Christmas, when Spittelberg comes alive with its famous Christmas market. In the evenings, you can zip a cup of ginger-apricot punch in Amerlingbeisl's canopied atrium with fairy lights for stars.

07, Stiftgasse 8
Tel: (01) 526 1660.
www.amerlingbeisl.at

Telephone: (01) 526 1660
Café Central

Coffee houses (Kaffeehäuser) are an essential part of Viennese life. For the price of a coffee you can sit for hours with the papers, some work, a book, or just watching the world go by. Café Central, located in the beautiful historic Palais Ferstel in the First District, is an old favourite, featuring gothic-style ceilings and live music daily.

01, Herrengasse 14
Tel: (01) 5333 76426.
www.palaisevents.at/cafecentral

Café Stein

Coffee houses are big in Vienna and the new 'szene houses' attract a young, trendy crowd. Café Stein is the king of the new style, with minimalist décor, Internet facilities, veggie fare and all-day breakfasts.

09, Währinger Strasse 6-8
Tel: (01) 319 7241.
www.cafe-stein.com

Lutz Bar

Lutz Bar is an elegant venue with a good cocktail selection. The building from the turn of the last century directly overlooks the MuseumsQuartier and the Museum of Fine Arts and sports floor-to-ceiling glass windows, perfect for people-watching while relaxing with a glass of wine.

06, Mariahilfer Strasse 3
Tel: (01) 585 3646.
www.lutz-bar.at

Clubs in Vienna

Club Roxy

Club Roxy features 1960s-style wooden panelling and red lights; expect funky grooves and guest DJs from the Viennese electronic scene.

04, Faulmanngasse 4
Tel: (01) 961 8800.
www.sunshine.at/roxy

Elektro Gönner

For something a bit different try Elektro Gönner, an arty venue with DJs and weekly specials such as a film club or other interactive installations.

06, Mariahilfer Strasse 101/1
Tel: (01) 208 6679.
www.elektro-g.at

Volksgarten

One of the hottest clubs in Vienna is Volksgarten, on the Ringstrasse, which offers raves on Friday and Saturday from 2200 until late in the morning and draws a very dressed-up crowd.

01, Burgring 1
Tel: (01) 532 4241.
www.volksgarten.at

Live Music in Vienna

Jazzland

Jazzland is Vienna's oldest jazz cellar (est 1972). The place is tiny and cosy, with unpretentious décor and friendly staff. But the best part is the music. Bands play traditional Jazz, Blues, Boogie, Swing, Folk and sometimes modern Jazz.

01, Franz-Josefs-Kai 23
Tel: (01) 533 2575.
www.jazzland.at

Porgy & Bess

A converted porn cinema is the home of Vienna's best jazz club, Porgy & Bess, near the Stubentor U-Bahn stop. In addition to its ambitious program of first-class concerts from Austrian and international musicians, the club also focuses on unusual and interesting music.

01, Riemengasse 11
Tel: (01) 512 8811.
www.porgy.at

Wiener Stadthalle

Wiener Stadthalle is the main indoor venue for large acts.

15, Vogelweidplatz 14
Tel: (01) 799 9979.
www.stadthalle.com

Classical Music in Vienna

Musikverein

The Vienna Boys' Choir is a Viennese institution, having been formed as the Boys' Choir of the Royal Court in 1498. Together with members of the chorus and orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, they form the Hofmusikkapelle, which performs at Mass in the Chapel of the Imperial Palace throughout the year. The Vienna Boys' Choir also perform in the Brahms-Saal (Brahms Hall), the venue for chamber music in the Musikverein, and at the Volksoper (People's Opera), a smaller venue that stages opera, operettas, ballets and musicals. The renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra also perform here.

01, Bösendorferstrasse 12
Tel: (01) 505 8190.
www.musikverein-wien.at

Wiener Konzerthaus

Wiener Konzerthaus is where the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra mainly performs. The Konzerthaus is also home to the Wiener Singakademie choir and hosts touring international orchestras.

Lothringerstrasse 20
Tel: (01) 242 002.
www.konzerthaus.at

Opera in Vienna

Staatsoper

The world-renowned Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) performs daily September to June from a repertoire of nearly one hundred operas, operettas and ballets. The splendid opera house makes for a romantic and regal setting in which to see the performances. This is also where Vienna's most prestigious ball and the highlight of the Viennese social calendar, the Opera Ball, takes place on the Thursday before Shrove Tuesday. Waltzers in long gowns and dinner jackets twirl under chandeliers, recalling the splendour and romance of a bygone era.

01, Hanuschgasse 3
Tel: (01) 5144 42250.
www.wiener-staatsoper.at

Theatre in Vienna

Burgtheater

Theatre also has a long and proud tradition in Vienna - the patronage of the Imperial Court has been an important factor in its development. There are 50 theatres in the city but the Burgtheater (Palace Theatre) stands at the forefront and is an intense source of pride to the Viennese. This impressive edifice is the oldest and one of the most important stages in the German-speaking world. Built on the Ringstrasse in the 19th century, Burgtheater stages classical and contemporary works of the very highest standards of production. Other important theatres in Vienna include the Volkstheater, the Theater in der Josefstadt and the Schauspielhaus.

01, Dr Karl Lueger Ring 2
Tel: (01) 5144 44140.
www.burgtheater.at

Vienna's English Theatre

For English-language productions, Vienna's English Theatre has an excellent reputation on the world stage, to the extent that many contemporary playwrights choose to premier their works here. There are also annual productions of French- and Italian-language works.

08, Josefgasse 12
Tel: (01) 402 12600.
www.englishtheatre.at

Edited by Tina Banerjee
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