What's happening on the Donaukanal in 2016: the new & the old favourites on Vienna's hottest summer strip

     / May 25, 2016
          • What's you favourite spot to spend your lazy days of summer on the Donaukanal? Let us know on our Facebook page, or leave a comment below!
            Vienna Würstelstand's  says:
            It doesn’t take much to spend an amazing evening at the Donaukanal. A handful of dear ones, a few canned beers, a spot in the grass and you’re basically good to go.

            So, what’s the Donaukanal going to look like in the summer of 2016? We've cruised the promenade to bring you a list of the new, along with some of the old favourites: 

            What's new?

            It’s All About the Meat, Baby

            Where: Across from the Badeschiff: Donaukanallände, Franz-Josefs-Kai
            Opening Times: Mon–Fri 5­pm–11pm; Sat & Sun 12pm–11pm (kitchen is closed for two hour between 3pm and 5pm)

            From the people that brought you Charlie P’s and the Brickmakers, here’s something for your burger loving taste buds. Meat, baby has been a foodie favoured pop up restaurant already back in 2013, and now it’s back for a glorious encore, before relocating to a permanent residence after the riverside season. With its premium Irish meat, special “demi-brioche” buns, the delicious homemade sauces and triple fried fries offered at fair prices, Meat Baby is absolutely winning.

            If you’re feeling a bit adventureous, try the “Hali Galli fish burger”. There’s a good chance you won’t regret it.

            We love... that Meat, Baby features a daily “Witching Hour” from 10pm to 11pm, when beer (3 €), spritzer (2 €) and cocktail prices (5 €) drop almost frighteningly low.

            Price guide:
            The Hali Galli fish burger - 9,90 €
            Classic Fries - 3,90 €
            Pint of Pilsner Urquell - 4,20 €

            Zum G’spritzten Ferdl

            Where: Across from the Badeschiff: Donaukanallände, Franz-Josefs-Kai
            Opening times: Mon-Fri 3pm–11.30pm, Sat & Sun 12pm–11.30pm

            The little riverside brother of Zum Gschupften Ferdl, Vienna’s updated version of a traditional heurige tavern, offers a selection of stylishly presented cold plates with high quality organic products. Of course, you should pay homage to their motto, “Spritza statt Nizza,” and order one of their eight available “Spritzer” variations, but to be honest, most of their wine is just too good to be diluted with carbonated water. Seriously, who needs the Promenade des Anglais when you have the world at your feet at the Donaukanal?

            We recommend... Donau Döner (only on advance booking) - crispy pork roasted on a stick, kebab style (8,90 €)

            Price Guide:
            Weißer Spritzer - 2,80 €
            Uhudler Spritzer - 3,80 €
            Cold plate with ham and horseradish - 8,90 €
            Cold plate with four homemade spreads - 6,90 €

            Chaya Fuera Beach House

            WhereAcross from the Badeschiff: Donaukanallände, Franz-Josefs-Kai
            Opening times: Mon–Sun 2pm–11.30pm

            The Chaya Fuera Beach House has moved to the Donaukanal after having to leave the Copa Cagrana on Donauinsel last year. The huge difference to its old spot is that the new Beach House misses a beach. It does have the other key ingredients though: drinks and music. A relaxation similar to beach-level can be achieved on the upper floor of the Beach House which is stacked with deckchairs and typically very professionnaly used DJ equipment.


            Old, but gold...

            The ADRIA – better looking, a little fatter

            Where: a short walk (approx. 250m) from the Schottenring U2 station heading towards Schwedenplatz
            Opening times: Daily 11am–1am

            The veteran drinking dock of Vienna’s waterway, the ADRIA Wien, has had its annual makeover, and has also put on considerable weight. Still with its rugged DIY look of wood and steel rods, the ADRIA now spans the length of a modestly-sized dairy farm along the water’s edge. Its orginal bar is still serving up tasty Thai food from Mamamon’s Kitchen, and a vast range of drinks (including their popular house creation, the ADRIA Spritzer). The staff are down-to-earth friendly here, and the atmosphere is all about lazy days with toes in the sand, head in the clouds.

            Two baby bars now bookend either side of its spreadout sandpits filled with deck chairs: one blue container bar, the Craft. Kammer, directly next to the funny looking glass house specialises in a range of craft beer from all over the place. Meanwhile, at the other end is the Boccia bar, serving up the same drinks list as the main bar.

            At anytime of day, this place has the feeling of a wharf with ship horns blaring, rocking ships in the dock, and seagulls squawking.

            We really like … how they offer free self-service flavoured water at the bar.

            We recommend you … feast on some Pad Thai while swigging back a craft beer from the Craft. Kammer.

            Fun Fact ... from 12pm–2pm daily, Mamamon's Kitchen cooks up a different curry each day for only 6.80 €

            You should ... keep an eye on the ADRIA Facebook page to keep up to date with the regular craft beer tastings planned for throughout summer at Craft. Kammer.

            Price guide:
            Pilsner Urquell draft beer = 3.90 €
            Pad Thai with chicken = 8.90 €


            The shipping container market from Boxircus
            Where: Across from the Badeschiff, Donaukanallände, 1010
            Opening Times: Boxircus am Donaukanal: opening times change regularly. Keep an eye on the Boxircus Facebook page.


            Boxircus – the  pop-up shipping container box market – has braved the seasons on the Donaukanal while waiting for the summer, and now that it's here, they've got a whole program of food and designer shopping pop-ups planned. While only a few of the containers are open with pop-up shops (or the adidas shoe dispenser container from which you can test running shoes) with sporadic opening hours, when it does spring to action in the form of an event, it has a good buzz to it.

            Keep and eye on their website to remain up-to-date with what pop-ups are happening throughout summer.


            Figar macht Urlaub am Donaukanal

            Where: a short walk from the Schottenring U2/U4 station, between the Tel Aviv Beach bar and ADRIA
            Opening Times: Daily 11am–1am

            With a slightly different format, Figar is back for it's second year on it's Donaukanal summer holiday next to the ADRIA. The handsome team from the 7th district bar/café, Figar, are getting some sun at their new spot on the canal while serving up their plump, juicy burgers (which were a hit last year), and a tasty salad menu.

            As to be expected from the effortlessly stylish Figar crowd, they have achieved a setting long missing on Vienna’s popular waterway hang – a chilled, casual dining spot with a ‘life-is-good in-flip-flops,’ vibe. Avocado salads topped with fat prawns, or calamari balancing on a bed of rucola, are flying out of the shipping container kitchen here, along with burgers that will make you forget that you’re fucking up your swimsuit body. And we love the waiter there, wearing suit pants with sandals. Stylish fellow indeed.

            We recommend you … visit on a fresh morning for breakfast, and stuff your face with one of their breakfast burgers.

            You should also try … one of their refreshing homemade juices.

            Price guide:
            Cheeseburger = 9.90 €
            Avocado salad with king prawn = 12.90 €
            Tegernseer bottled beer = 3.90 €

            Pub Klemo am Wasser

             Between Meat, baby! and Chaya Fuera, Donaukanallände, 1010
            Opening times: Mon–Fri 4pm–11pm; Sat & Sun 2pm–11pm

            With grapevines leeching themselves along the front of this place, its not long before one realises this place is for wine lovers. Pub Klemo catches a good mix of shade and sun, and has a 'grown-up' atmosphere about it, which inpires you to sip your drink, rather than shoot it back. Run by the pros from the wine bar and shop, Bar Klemo, they certainly know their wine here. Prices vary amongst the 100 open bottles, and the 600 bottles to buy and takeaway, according to the wine’s origin, and quality.  Tastings are also something that should be done here. A small menu of Meditteranean-style tapas is available to accompany your wine. Just think of this place like a Heurigen by the waterside.

            We recommend … you make the most of the wine experts here and ask them to recommend you something you’d like.

            We were impressed … when looking inside the shipping container full of wine next to the bar.


            Tel Aviv Beach bar

            Donaukanal Str. 26, 1020
            Opening times:  April–October 12m–12am

            The familiar face of the Tel Aviv beach bar never ages, and they're back this year looking better than ever. They'll be doing their sexy thing, filling up with bronzed bodies and bikinis on a daily basis. Their menu has an international look to it with burgers and filled pita breads amongst the mix.

            Strandbar Hermann 

            Where: Strandbar Hermann, Herrmannpark, 1030
            Opening times: 
            Daily 10am–2am


            Nestled in a cove beneath the towering Urania, the umbrellas are up and the round bar is as busy as it is every year. The veteran of the Donaukanal hasn't changed much this year, but keep your eye on the Strandbar Hermann website for the diverse program they run throughout the summer season, including stuff like free morning yoga sessions, puppet theater, and  plenty of DJ sessions.

            They've also upped their game in the kitchen in recent years if all that drinking in the sun inspires a hunger.

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             / May 25, 2016
                  • What's you favourite spot to spend your lazy days of summer on the Donaukanal? Let us know on our Facebook page, or leave a comment below!