Cocktails up top and down below
The best views of Vienna can be enjoyed in the capital’s trendiest rooftop bars. One summer hotspot for the smart set is located on the roof of Hotel Lamée. As well direct views of St. Stephen‘s Cathedral, its patrons enjoy refreshing cocktails on a brightly patterned terrace. The Atmosphere rooftop bar at the Ritz-Carlton is right on the Ringstrasse, one of the world’s most beautiful boulevards. Vienna is especially attractive at sundown, when the views of the historic old town and the Belvedere really come into their own. During Advent, the Atmosphere rooftop bar is transformed into the old town’s highest Christmas market.
The top floor bar at 25hours Hotel attracts a young, hip clientele: drinks are served in a relaxed living room ambience with views of the monumental Ringstrasse buildings outside. But guests have to go even higher for the perfect panoramic view of the whole city: on the 18th floor of the SO/ Vienna hotel, the bar attached to the Das Loft restaurant awaits with a striking ceiling installation created by the Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist.
Krypt.bar, by contrast, leads deep down into the Viennese underworld. Covering 250 m², the stylish bar sits beneath historic vaulted ceilings which earned the space a coveted American Architecture Prize. The centerpiece is a seven-meter-long marble and walnut bar, while cozy niches provide privacy to those who want it. Its cocktails are as memorable as the location – the carrot daiquiris being a case in point.
The design of the basement bar at BirdYard is worth a look in its own right. Larger-than-life paintings by the Romanian artist Saddo fill the space with color and provide an interesting contrast to the black interior. At Botanical Garden, the herbs used in the unusual drinks are grown on site, deep below ground: located beneath Café Stein, this cocktail bar really does have its very own botanical garden.
Text: Susanne Kapeller
The Ritz-Carlton ViennaSchubertring 5-7, 1010 Wien
Attic bar (Dachboden-Bar) in the 25hours hotelLerchenfelder Straße 1-3, 1070 Wien
- daily, 14:00 - 01:00
Das Loft Hotel SO/ ViennaPraterstraße 1, 1020 Wien
- daily, 06:30 - 00:00
- Bar daily, 17:00 - 02:00
- Different opening hours in summer - see website.
Krypt.barWasagasse 17, 1090 Wien
- Tu - Th, 18:00 - 02:00
- Fr - Sa, 20:00 - 04:00
The BirdYard Eatery and BarLange Gasse 74, 1080 Wien
- Eatery Tu - Su, 17:30 - 23:00
- Bar Tu - Su, 18:00 - 02:00