You would hardly believe it possible that the narrow stairway would open out into a 250 square meter architectural jewel. Seldom is a bar in Vienna so generously laid out. A historic vaulted cellar with an alleged past as a semi-legal jazz club in the 1950s/1960s has been remodeled into a stylish, modern bar.
An attention-grabber is the seven meter-long counter made of marble and walnut; small booths and hidden lounges offer lots of privacy. The extravagant interior design by the Viennese office KLK was awarded the 2017 American Architecture Prize.
The cocktails are as ingenious as the architecture. Vegetables are frequently served in a cocktail glass in the Krypt.bar. The carrot daiquiri was sensational, as was the drink with chocolate and mint.
Zum Schwarzen Kameel
Next to a few business men, a worker enjoys a beer, a group of downtown ladies is sipping a glass of wine or two over the legendary open sandwiches at their weekly meeting, tourists admire the beautiful Art Nouveau ambience with the historic wood paneling and relief tiles, while well-known politicians mingle with stylish artists.
Zum Schwarzen Kameel is Vienna’s oldest trendy restaurant and celebrates its 400th anniversary this year. Even Beethoven was a frequent guest here. The restaurant is known for its hearty Viennese cuisine, which has been awarded on many occasions. The bar in the front area is the actual hotspot. This is where the famous open sandwiches are served. The waiters glide through the packed space. Head waiter Johann Georg Gensbichler, unmistakable thanks to his distinctive sideburns, conducts guests to their places although he is already semi-retired.
Zum Schwarzen Kameel is both Viennese and international, a trendy restaurant for all age groups, a kind of open-air museum for the Viennese, an authentic depiction of the many milieus of Vienna’s society. Founded by Johann Baptist Cameel in 1618, the Friese Family now owns the cult restaurant.
The treats from the delicatessen case and patîsserie are also available to go. The glass façade on Naglergasse also lets passers-by see into the kitchen of the Zum Schwarzen Kameel.