Euro 2016 transforms (almost) everyone into a football fan – for a month, at least. Whether they want to be one or not. Seeing as fair play is the name of the game, we have found six locations in Vienna for football freaks, refuseniks and the impartial.
At Ramasuri on Praterstrasse, it feels like we’re in the lap of luxury. Because it’s not for nothing that guests claim that the Mochi/Ansari neighbourhood, which is also home to the Ramasuri, has a Parisian atmosphere. All that remains now is for the right teams to get the right results. You can watch every game live at Ramasuri – but only in the garden. In true patriotic form, the Ramasuri will even be showing the Austrian games with sound.
Football fans have won a euphoric victory over the less-sport-inclined at the Marktwirtschaft. Not only is public screening on the menu here, but there’s also a specially built “Public-Eating-Area”: in addition to the big screen, there is also seating for some 50 hungry football fanatics. They can recuperate in the “Public-Eating-Area” with food stalls selling national specialities – which change depending on which teams are playing – special cocktails by master mixologist Hubert Peter from the Barrikade bar and natural wines by Agora Vino. Warning: closed Mondays!
At the Hollmann Beletage the clash between Championship refuseniks and Championship supporters resulted in: a draw. Really, both sides can claim victory. Because the hotel’s own cinema is screening games live every day at 6 p.m. while the team serves freshly tapped beer and Leberkäse (meatloaf). Meanwhile, the pub garden is a football-free zone. So it’s the ideal opportunity to indulge in a good book and a cocktail or two while your other half is distracted indoors.
The Loos Bar has a relaxed approach to football. Although we had heard it was the number-one address for football foes, when we asked they said otherwise: you can watch the games on a box in the pub garden. With no audio.
Roberto American Bar
The anti-football team triumphs at Roberto’s American Bar in the first district. The chandelier would be too large for a screen, anyway. And the drinks are too good to withstand any distractions.
Picnic in the City
The first picnic will take place on 25th and 26th June amidst the greenery of Vienna’s old town. The Seizergasse, Tuchlaubenhof and Bognergasse in the first district are rolling out the green carpet (i.e. turf) and – of course – setting up TV screens. Over the course of the Picnic in the City, live acts will guarantee entertainment, a Veuve Cliquot foosball table will provide distraction and a mobile ice cream stall will be the place to go to cool off at halftime when the games get really heated.