Certainly, there are innumerable excellent reasons to visit Vienna: world class museums, stunning architecture, Sachertorte (qype.co.uk/place/255209-…) , prancing horses (qype.co.uk/place/130674-…) , unrivalled performances of classical music But the one reason that's mostly likely to have me jetting back to this most elegant of capitals is the Loos American Bar (qype.co.uk/place/51967-L…) and its top rate cocktails. Wedged between a children's clothing store and a strip club, the 101 year old Loos Bar is the inspired work of pioneering modern architect Adolf Loos (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad…) . Hardly larger than a music box, having a drink in this intimate bar feels as wonderful as if drinking in a walnut and amber inlaid jewellery box. Best seat in the house? Back of the room on the couch perpendicular to the bar: watch the world stroll in, marvel at the masterful bartenders crafting excellent cocktails and bask in the soft glow of the massive backlit amber front wall.
I reeeeally loved this little bar and am dying to go back. Check my Qype does London post (london.blog.qype.com/?p=…) for more about the wonderful Loos American Bar!
Definitely snooty like Agnes said. It was packed around 10pm on a Saturday night. But instead of offering you a seat outside or asking you to wait, they just tell you they are full and you can't come in.
So we walked around and checked out some other places and thought we would check it out again around midnight. Well, there was room this time, but we walked in and walked right back out. It was gross.
Small, dim, dingy, and completely filled with smoke! Probably the nastiest place you can go as a non-smoker. I don't care how good their expensive drinks could be, no thanks.
Snooty, overpriced and stuffy- not my kind of bar. The building's unique architecture is highlighted in travel guides, but it's only worth the visit if you have money to burn, are dressed to impress and are willing to hang around middle-aged people.
The mirrored effects and luxe tile work create an illusion of making the interior bigger than it is, but the area still felt cramped with only a couple booths, a short bar and a couple patio tables.
Tourists are discouraged from visiting - hence the "no photography" sign and servers vigilantly telling anyone with a camera phone to put it away. I can understand this level of exclusivity ... but then I overheard bartenders sharing some unnecessary comments with regular customers about experiences they have had in which tourists would walk into the bar to take a photo - and how annoying that was to them.
Very very small and the drinks were overpriced. The bartenders were OK not really friendly but not rude. Did I mention it was small? Coming from NY with the smoking ban I forgot what it was like to be in a small room where people are smoking. It's unpleasant in case you didn't know.
Not tourist friendly despite being advertised all over the place. The building itself is a delight but the service was slow and very impolite. It's pretty clear that the management do not want tourists coming to this bar - or if they do they only want them to buy some drinks, huddle quietly in a corner and do nothing that might disturb the regulars.
The management have a choice. If the regular customers really matter so much that they are openly treated better than tourists then they should make the business a going concern without tourist money. So either raise prices or make it a members only club with membership fees or drop the stuffy attitude.
If you're feeling naughty go inside, have a look around and then leave without buying anything or ask them if they changed its name from 1917 to 1918 and 1941 to 1945. if you do go make sure you tip like an American which in my case was quite cheap because the American rate for lousy service is 0%. I shall not be returning.
A very small bar in the center with apparently an interesting history matching its interior and frequented by famous Austrians. I heard rumours you could (in the past?) get to the strip club next door through the cellar. I visited this place with a couple of German colleagues and the waiter was actually friendly to us. For one, I asked whether he could recommend me a particular good Schnaps. He told me he could sell me something they have but recommended me to rather buy one of the brands he wrote down for me that they actually did not serve. I think this was very decent of him.
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