After-work drink at the same bar every evening? Not us! Here is our guide to exciting bars, restaurants and shops that are the flavour of the month in Vienna.
Eat & drink
La dolce vita in a glass. From 25th April to 12th June this pop-up bar will sell Campari, aka Italian joie de vivre, nestled in the Zum Schwarzen Kameel. Right by the Goldenes Quartier, the complete spectrum of Italian aperitifs will be served, including non-alcoholic alternatives and gourmet snacks. Christian Ebert will create the drinks daily between midday and 10 p.m. The design of the temporary location comes from the pen of the designer/architect duo Laura Karasinski and Gerd Zehetner. In addition to typically Italian elements like Carrara marble, they have also used traditionally Viennese touches like the chandelier from the longstanding manufacturer Lobmeyr.
The Bank Brasserie & Bar
Finally Vienna has its very own brasserie. And there’s a casual bar and really good drinks to boot. The new venue at the Park Hyatt Vienna is just the ticket for fans of fresh oysters, king crabs, moules frites and lobster. The menu also includes escargots from Viennese vineyards and spicy tartes Tatin. Octopus carpaccio and beef tartar are served in small portions and are perfect for sharing. The mandarin sorbet and the crème brûlée, on the other hand, are best enjoyed alone.
3 old favourites
Wini Brugger is back. The chef spent a long time in Asia, but has decided to take some time out in Vienna. He’s off to a flying start with Winisan. Brugger specializes in Japanese yakitori kebabs with everything that a chicken has to offer in this restaurant on Lange Gasse, which is optically reminiscent of a Viennese Heurige (wine tavern). The yakitori is served with vegetable tempura. Something more offbeat is provided by top chef Juan Amador. He has a common cause with leading vintner Fritz Wieninger in Amador’s Wirtshaus. The two experts have combined a restaurant with a general store and a wine cellar. In a classy atmosphere they serve three- to five-course set menus that vary according to the season and can be individually compiled. Even the Herkner is back. At Pichlmaiers zum Herkner Martin Pichlmaier is breathing new life into this inn that is steeped in tradition. He serves comfort food like Krautfleckerl (cabbage pasta), goulash and Tellerfleisch (sliced boiled meat). Together with his wife Christiane (both of whom are known from their time at Fabios) he supplies his guests with wines by Austrian viticulturists.
The name says it all. Sybille and Kurt Mamatil’s shop is all about Viennese Modernism. At the Palais Herberstein the couple curates books, jewellery, porcelain, small gifts and souvenirs. Viennese Jugendstil (art nouveau) in the here and now.
Regional designers will catch your attention at Comod on Operngasse. Jewellery by Zoeca, underwear by I wanna and avant-garde fashion by Roee: up-and-coming creative talents are in cahoots across the 30 square metres of this concept store.
Gerda Pipek Nageldesign
In her beauty lounge on Grünangergasse in the inner city, Gerda Pipek has every possible nail trend on hand. The nail designer wants to stand out from mainstream beauty salons with her 65-square-metre establishment. “Every treatment should be like a minibreak,” Pipek explains. From outside, the new salon looks like a concept store, but the inside reveals an oasis of beauty treatments, with three nail stations and a screened-off treatment area for cosmetics etc.