Tamara Mascara dancing the night away

Night shift with Tamara Mascara

Tamara Mascara is a make-up artist, designer, Burlesque artist, drag queen and DJ. The outlandish party girl is the perfect guide for clubbers – she knows everything there is to know about the capital’s party scene.

Tamara’s night out starts in the afternoon at the make-up table – surrounded by friends and lashings of prosecco. We never do discover how long Tamara’s male alter ego takes to make the transformation into a stunning drag queen. Our attempt to find out is batted away with a smile: “It’s not the done thing to ask, and we don’t tell.” Over dinner at the top of the Donauturm tower, Tamara reveals that many nights out start in her apartment: “My place is a kind of House of Shame – my friends come to mine to get ready and have a couple of drinks, and those walls have witnessed lots of funny things over the years.” The 360° panoramic restaurant of the Donauturm gently revolves 170 meters above the ground. Tamara loves the amazing views. Other favorite destinations ahead of a night on the town include Labstelle Wien and Motto am Fluss on Schwedenplatz.

Next stop: Palm House in the Burggarten. According to Tamara, the Art Nouveau imperial greenhouse is still a great place to enjoy a couple of cocktails before hitting the dancefloor. “I like all the exotic plants and the atmosphere. Although the Palm House screams imperial charm, it is still a great contemporary night spot,” she enthusiastically confirms between sips of her Moscow Mule at the bar. Asked about where else she likes to hang out, Tamara reveals: “1010 Bar in the first district – I go there a lot with my friends. I really like the waiters, the cocktails are good and the interior is great. I’ve also got a soft spot for the Bonbonniere Pianobar – it’s like taking a journey back in time to the 1930s.”

Powder brushes and lipstick appear out of nowhere – a sure sign that the highlight of the evening is just around the corner. And we’re off to dance and have fun at Imperial Madness in the Volksgarten Säulenhalle, one of Tamara’s all-time favorite venues. Thanks to the Burlesque performances and dancing, this party night is a firm favorite on the capital’s queer scene, even if it only comes round four times a year. It doesn’t take Tamara long to get on the dancefloor among the other revelers, before sashaying behind the decks for her own DJ set.

Tamara Mascara can be found mostly at gay and Burlesque events, where she is often booked as a DJ. One of Tamara’s favorite nights is The Circus at Arena Wien. The event, which she co-organizes, has an excellent reputation and a loyal international following. Tamara rates the Arena very highly as a concert venue and can often be found partying until the lights come up.

But we never do discover what happens at the very end of a party night – drag queens are famously reluctant to have their picture taken in the small hours.

Text: Angelika Öttl

Tamara loves to present her outfits and all the latest styles on Instagram:

Restaurant in the Danube Tower

Donauturmstraße 4, 1220 Wien
  • Opening times

    • daily, 11:30 - 16:00
    • daily, 18:00 - 00:00
    • café: 10 a.m.-11 p.m., observation terrace & lift: 10 a.m.-11.30 p.m.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • (Double swinging doors )
      • Ramp 100  cm  long ,   118  cm  wide ,  10  cm  high
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 85 cm wide and 120 cm low , Door 85 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Access to the viewing terrace (150 m): no steps, via elevator, (limit of three wheelchairs permitted on the terrace at one time), there are special ramps (width: 99 cm, height: 25 cm) to enable wheelchair users to enjoy the view over Vienna. Due to company operation restrictions (evacuation routes), wheelchairs are only allowed up to the viewing terrace level (150 m).

      Central floor (165 m): 25 steps up to restaurant (170 m), 25 steps down to the café (160 m). Not wheelchair-accessible. Wheelchair users only with companion (1 companion per wheelchair user free of charge). No wheelchair-accessible restroom (in café-restaurant Spoons, next to Donauturm main entrance – self operators – wheelchair-accessible WC available).

      Seeing-eye dogs (with muzzle and leash) permitted. Strollers must not be transported in the elevators (can be left at the elevator/shop counter).

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Motto am Fluss

Schwedenplatz 2, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • café daily, 08:00 - 00:00
    • restaurant daily, 11:30 - 14:30
    • restaurant daily, 18:00 - 02:00
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Palmenhaus (Palm House)

Burggarten 1, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Fr, 10:00 - 00:00
    • Sa, 09:00 - 00:00
    • Su, 09:00 - 23:00
    • on holidays, 09:00 - 23:00
    • See website for winter opening dates and times
  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
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Bonbonnière Bar

Spiegelgasse15, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Sa, 17:00 - 02:00
    • Live piano music from Mon to Sat starting at 9 p.m.; closed in August
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Volksgarten Club Disco

Burgring 1 (Heldenplatz) , 1010 Wien
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