Counter in the Kellerbar crypt
© krypt. / Studio Mato

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. The Italian star architect Renzo Piano designed the Hotel Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere. Sixty meters up on the 16th floor is the Aurora Rooftop Bar with extraordinary cocktail creations and an equally extraordinary view of the city.

Subterranean Vienna

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

Counter and colorful fresco with birds in the BirdYard Bar

Colorful patterns illuminate the walls of the BirdYard basement bar.

© Atelier Olschinsky
Counter in the Kellerbar crypt

Historic vaulted ceilings and contemporary design come together in perfect harmony at Krypt.bar.

© krypt. / Studio Mato
The Loft. Bar in the hotel SO/ Vienna. View of Vienna city center in the evening.

The bar at the Das Loft restaurant offers spectacular views from the 18th floor.

© WienTourismus / Christian Stemper
25hours Hotel Dachboden Bar, View over terrace

Attic bar (Dachboden-Bar) in the 25hours hotel

© 25hours Hotel
Rooftop Bar Aurora Andaz

Aurora Rooftop Bar at Hotel Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere

© Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere

Attic bar (Dachboden-Bar) in the 25hours hotel

Lerchenfelder Straße 1-3, 1070 Wien
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Das Loft Hotel SO/ Vienna

Praterstraße 1, 1020 Wien
  • Opening times

    • daily, 06:30 - 00:00
    • Bar daily, 17:00 - 02:00
    • Different opening hours in summer - see website.
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Aurora Rooftop Bar Hotel Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere

Arsenalstraße 10, 1100 Wien
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The BirdYard Eatery and Bar

Lange Gasse 74, 1080 Wien
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Botanical Garden

Kolingasse 1 , 1090 Wien
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