If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Vienna guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Vienna for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like Alcazar Cocktailbar to busy places like Babu that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the 1st District area? No fear - we share all the facts!


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Located between the beautiful Stadtpark and Wien River, Urania Cafe and Bar is a renovated spot that's a great place to grab eclectic cuisine and great drinks. Dining on the terrace provides spectacular waterside and city views. Inside, tall windows and marble white floors give this sleek bar a pristine and sparkling look. Offered on the menu are a variety of different cocktail choices, wines and even champagne. This is the perfect couples place to take a drink and while viewing a gorgeous sunset.

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A beautiful bar with a beautiful view. Relax into one of the comfortable sofas in the evening with a drink and view the illuminated spire of St. Stephen's about 50 meters vis-à -vis. You can lunch and dine here, as well as enjoy cocktails and snacks. Have a look at the building, the Haas House, from the outside too; it's one of Vienna's most controversial. Is it a modern aberration amongst the grand buildings of old Vienna? Or is it a modern wonder, with its curved glass frontage paying homage to the old by mirroring their magnificence?

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Incredibly atmospheric and stylish bar and restaurant, with furnishings, decorations and objets d'art collected from around the world to create an old-English colonial style. Among the regular special events are a "Hemingway Remix" night, "Rat Pack" night, and "Décadance" night. There's really good food in the Restaurant Livingstone, and plenty to drink: 300 cocktails and plenty of spirits including 30 types of brandy and whiskeys from Scotland, Ireland, America, Canada and Japan.

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As well as a good selection of cocktails, the Sky Bar has an impressive list of wines, beers and spirits. If you are going on to dine in the restaurant, you can choose from the "before dinner" cocktails list and there is an "after dinner" list awaiting your return. Live piano music on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and on every evening, there is a great view across the Vienna skyline. Take the lift in the forecourt of Steffl department store on the Kaerntnerstrasse.

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One of the capital's most famous night spots and a magnet for the rich and famous looking for a good night out and a spot in the next day's society columns. Live music every night from two long-serving bar-singers: Franco Adolfo on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and Lado Kravanja on Mondays and Saturdays. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, Adolfo also introduces new talent. Opulent interior of wood-paneling and shades-of-red upholstery and draperies.

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Trendy, stylish bar and restaurant, built into the arches of the U6 subway line. Has a cocktail bar with happy hour from 6pm to 10pm, a sushi bar, and an international menu in the restaurant. Sunday brunch features a cold and warm buffet and free coffee refills for those who were in late the night before. Events featuring DJs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; occasional performances by live bands.

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Enjoy a great night out in one of the major works of Austria's most famous architect, Adolf Loos – this was designed as an American bar by Loos in 1908 following his time as a student in the USA. The building materials include wood, glass, brass, marble and onyx. There's an impressive cocktail list featuring, among others, a choice of Manhattans and Sours.

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More than 250 cocktails, from a "Florida Sling" to "Sex on the Beach," plus a good selection of alcohol-free cocktails. Alcazar has a relaxed atmosphere and very stylish design. There are themed events and specially priced cocktails on Saturday nights. Good, central location between the State Opera House and Karlsplatz subway station.

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Over 400 cocktails, 400 rums and 1000 whiskeys; snacks to ensure you don't drink on an empty stomach; and a large selection of cigars. Jazz, classics from the Rat-Pack, and cool Latin-American rhythms play in the background to underpin the American-bar atmosphere; and there are occasional Latin-American live acts. As Barfly's is situated in the Hotel Metternich, you're likely to meet people from around the world as well as the local regulars.

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