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June 3, 2007updated Dec 20, 2023

The 5 Best Things to do at Night in Vienna

By Chris Boyle

Vienna State Opera

No visit to Vienna is complete without attending an opera or concert, and the Vienna State Opera House is the best place to immerse yourself in the city’s immense musical pedigree. One of the busiest and most famous opera houses in the world, the Staatsoper has everything: breathtaking grandeur, an immensely talented opera company that regularly performs the world’s best operatic repertoire, and the Vienna Philharmonic – the world-famous orchestra which accompanies performances – and holds its own magnificent classical concerts. In this city of music the opera company and the orchestra regularly hold performances in public squares, but there is nothing like enjoying a performance in the Staatsoper itself, where you can soak up some of the greatest music ever written surrounded by the grand, splendid beauty of classic Vienna.

Sky Bar

sky bar viennaSky Bar’s irresistible lure is all down to its truly stunning panorama and a vast list of sublimely good cocktails – more than 350, in fact. For a relaxed, elegant night out in Vienna with the finest drinks and the finest views, Sky Bar is the perfect destination for the elite traveler who enjoys pre- or post-dinner drinks in a stylish and spectacular setting. Located on the top floor of the Steffl Department Store in Vienna’s city center, the venue boasts views of The Riesenrad, St Stephan’s Cathedral and The Belvedere.

Aux Gazelles

aux gazelles viennaA hammam, beauty salon, caviar and oyster bar, club and stylish restaurant rolled into one, Aux Gazelles is a unique oasis of pleasure in the heart of Vienna, providing food for the stomach and soul. As well as music and excellent drinks, visitors have the chance to detox and rejuvenate right alongside the invitation to indulge in the sensory pleasures of champagne, caviar, oysters and hookah. We particularly recommend Aux Gazelles for a night out – the bar’s lavish Bedouin-style surroundings and choice of irresistible Middle Eastern rhythms for the dance floor are perfect for stylish, intimate drinks, or a glamorous night’s partying with friends.


u4 viennaA legendary mainstay of Vienna’s club scene, wildly popular U4 is the place to go when your dancing shoes are firmly on, and you’re ready to party all night. A celeb favorite, U4 is all about energy and style, and there’s something for everyone on the dance floor, with a different genre of music played each night – from classic rock to 80s house – occasional live bands, and a fun, flamboyant crowd all set to dance ‘til dawn.

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Loos American Bar

This beautiful Viennese bar is also known as the Loos Bar, after the legendary Austrian architect who designed it in 1908. Marble, wood and mirrors add warmth and atmosphere, and give this cozy bar the feel of a private gentlemen’s club, which was its former incarnation. Today a smart, young and chic arts and media crowd meets here to sip cocktails, discuss projects, look pretty, see and be seen, while visiting celebrities drop in for a quick cigar and a whiskey. Both the atmosphere and the cocktails here are exceptional; settle down for a few martinis and kick off your night in style.

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