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Language: German | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: UTC +1:00 | Avg. Flight time: 2.0 hrs
If you want to don your fineries and mix with Viennese society, the city’s Opera House is the place.
One of the most gloriously ornate and opulent buildings of its type in the world, this is home to the Vienna State Opera. Tickets aren’t cheap, but the spectacle is tremendous.
The company performs at least 50 works every year and the season is 300 days long: there’s bound to be at least one evening of dazzling entertainment in Vienna to fit your holiday and budget.
Jazz clubs and piano bars for mood music
Squeezing a bit of cool jazz into Vienna nights out is almost a rule. There are clubs all over the city, from hip underground joints to cultured cafés. Only have time for one? Make it Porgy & Bess (Riemergasse 11) close to Stadtpark. The gigs vary wildly here, so be ready for true blues one night and traditional Yiddish folk music the next.
Feel like some more vintage Vienna entertainment? Hit one of the city centre’s classic piano bars, order a dirty martini and have a gentle sway. These institutions have been a Vienna nightlife staple since the 1920s. As an excuse to sneak some retro decadence into an evening, they’re unbeatable.
Monster sound systems, pumping electro and late, late hours are all fairly standard, but clubs in Vienna score off the scale when it comes to choice locations.
Go get hot and sweaty at Prater Sauna (Waldsteingartenstraße 135): a real sauna found in the heart of Prater, it’s the best techno club night in the city.
Alternatively, visit Flex (Augartenbrücke 1) in a disused Metro tunnel in Donaukanal. It’s considered to be one of Europe’s top five clubs, is good for alternative DJs, and even owns a Danube beach for chilling.
And if you want club nights out in Vienna with the next generation of Viennese sophisticates, hit Sass (Karlsplatz 1) in the city centre. This is where the schickeria (rich kid crowd) hang. If you get past the bouncers, consider yourself well and truly in.
You’ll need a bite to eat before you discover the best nightlife in Vienna. Visit our page dedicated to dining in Vienna for mouth-watering tips and recommendations.