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Vienna’s best clubs to lose your pants in, Volume 1

Apart from losing venues like Die Kantine, Café Leopold, and Ragnarhof due to closing last year, Vienna’s club scene is still at the top of its game, thriving and ever-vibrant. Find out more about the places to go at night to have drinks with friends, sweat heavily while dancing to great music, encounter strangers and a high chance to lose your pants in.

Elektro Gönner – Best Clubs

SUN–THU: 7pm–2am
FRI–SAT: 7pm–4am

www.elektrogoenner.com

Beer = 3.80–4.50€
Weißer Spritzer = 3.00€
Gin Tonic = 6.80€
Vodka shot = 3.20€

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Entry: free
Indoor/Outdoor: yes/yes

Elektro Gönner is situated inside an old electrical shop in a passage/courtyard on Mariahilferstraße. It was founded by architects and is not only a nightclub but also a space for exhibitions, art and video installations. It works well for both slow weekday evenings or long weekend club nights filled with electronic music and good drinks. The division into a bar area, a lounge for having good conversations, a dance floor, and a courtyard out front, makes it very convenient to switch places, depending your mood.

Music: There’s a daily DJ line with monthly resident clubs and occasional live concerts, with focus on electronic music such as Techno, Electronica, House, Wave and Hip Hop. The club also features Classical, Jazz, Experimental and Avant-garde music, mostly on Sundays.

Snacks: Toast (Turkish/vegetarian), chips, peanuts, Mannerschnitten, Haribo

What kind of night will you have?
Depending on what you are looking for and what day of the week it is, you will either find yourself in on the dance floor, standing at the bar chatting up some strangers or sitting outside in the courtyard while having a smoke or getting some fresh air for your sweaty armpits.

Flex – Best Clubs

THU–SAT: 8pm–6am (plus occasional other days)

www.flex.at

Beer 0.2l/0.5l = 1.70€/3.40€
Weißer Spritzer = 2.40€
Gin Tonic = 4.90€
Shot = 2.80€

cash only

Indoor/Outdoor: yes/yes

As one of Vienna’s first clubs, and a nightlife legend ever since, she hasn’t lost any of her bad-ass attitude, or taste for the party. After 20 years, the event venue/underground party location still delivers the goods, attracting international music acts, and producing severe memory lapses. And it still looks like the dark insides of a cocaine addict’s nostril.

Music: the Flex Café plays ambient electronic music, that gets you in the mood for more and sometimes features live concerts on their small stage. Inside the Flex Club, you’ll experience all kinds of electronic music blasted on the sound system (once rumoured to be Europe’s best). It’s most famous for hosting small concerts from rap, indie rock, hip hop and all other kinds of music that will make you want to jump around a whole lot and get really sweaty.

What kind of night will you have?
Their outdoor sea of black chewing-gum ridden bench seats and tables is the site of Vorglühen (pre-game drinks) for many. That is, until the time comes for Flex to swallow them whole into one of its sweaty parties inside. It’s not uncommon to find yourself spat out at 6am, walking home watching the sunrise after an evening at the Flex.

The Loft – Best Clubs

TUE–THU: 7pm–2am (events until 4am)
FRI–SAT: 8pm–4am

www.theloft.at

Beer = 3.80€
Weißer Spritzer = 2.70€
Gin Tonic (Longdrink, 4cl) = 6.60€

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Indoor/Outdoor: yes/no

The Loft is one of Vienna’s younger clubs. It’s simple, not too fancy yet stylish, offering a versatile program and diverse crowd. Its location across the street from all the other Gürtel-clubs near Thaliastraße makes it very easy to change venues during a night out.
The bar in the front is opened all night (free entry) and you can enjoy a nice drink before heading deeper into the club. The two main floors (one upstairs, one in the basement), that each have their own bars, mostly host different kinds of music, and are – depending on the event – both opened from around 10pm and have varying entry prices.

Music: While you will mostly find electronic music and DJ lines on the weekends, this place offers quite a broad range from House, Hip Hop or Dancehall parties, to Rock music events, student parties, film nights or poetry slams.

What kind of night will you have?
The Loft hosts parties that you will spend on the dance floor almost all night. But even if you don’t want to stay, its proximity to all the Gürtel bars, clubs and hangouts makes it very convenient. But you can also start the night here and stay as long as you want, as there’s a comfy calm bar in the front, and get some alcohol into your blood before the main floors are opened for the night.

Celeste – Best Clubs

MON–TUE: 8pm–2am
WED: 4pm–2am
THU–SAT: 4pm–6am

www.celeste.co.at

Beer = 4.20€
Weißer Spritzer = 3.10€
Shot = 2.20€

cash only

Indoor/Outdoor: yes/yes

Ever since Celeste has been remodelled a few years back, the jazzclub-winebar-concertvenue-hybrid that once hosted private birthday parties became one of Vienna’s top nightclub venues. While not wanting to be just a night club, or just a gallery, Celeste offers a selection of everything – good wine and food, Jazz music in the basement and art in the gallery, as well as thumping beats on a crazy club night with electronic DJ sets or live concerts, always varying in musical style and genre.

Music: Celeste’s versatility also shows in its music selection that covers a broad range of genres. But on a club party night, you will surely find yourself between bar, dancefloor and the occasional breath of fresh air outside the door.

What kind of night will you have?
If you’re looking for a club night with great people, good music, drinks and a relaxed atmosphere, you will find it at Celeste. Don’t get thrown off when showing up too early and finding it a bit empty, it will fill up and turn into an all-consuming, warm, boozy night with at least one encounter of the unusual kind.

Club-u – Best Clubs

Daily: 9am–4am
Restaurant/Café: 9am–9pm
Club: 9pm–4am

www.club-u.at

Beer = 4.20€
Weißer Spritzer = 3.10€
Shot = 2.20€

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Free entry (except special live events)
Indoor/Outdoor: yes/yes

Ever since Celeste has been remodelled a few years back, the jazzclub-winebar-concertvenue-hybrid that once hosted private birthday parties became one of Vienna’s top nightclub venues. While not wanting to be just a night club, or just a gallery, Celeste offers a selection of everything – good wine and food, Jazz music in the basement and art in the gallery, as well as thumping beats on a crazy club night with electronic DJ sets or live concerts, always varying in musical style and genre.

Music: Celeste’s versatility also shows in its music selection that covers a broad range of genres. But on a club party night, you will surely find yourself between bar, dancefloor and the occasional breath of fresh air outside the door.

What kind of night will you have?
If you’re looking for a club night with great people, good music, drinks and a relaxed atmosphere, you will find it at Celeste. Don’t get thrown off when showing up too early and finding it a bit empty, it will fill up and turn into an all-consuming, warm, boozy night with at least one encounter of the unusual kind.

Grelle Forelle – Best Clubs

varying, check for events on the website

www.grelleforelle.com

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Entry: 21 years and older
Indoor/Outdoor: yes/no

At Grelle Forelle the parties are long, the bass sneaks into your bones, the drinks come fast. There’s no half-assed at this place, it’s all “Go hard or go home”, but once you’re inside you’ll find it hard to leave anyway. Photography, video and audio recordings are prohibited which not only allows you to let go of every inhibition, while losing yourself in the beats, but also gives the whole club concept a nice mysterious touch.

Music: Grelle Forelle is the all about electronic music ranging from House, Techno, Minimal and Dubstep. Most events offer popular artists and international DJs. It also features occasional live shows and concerts. It’s dark and it’s sweaty, the beat won’t let you stand still.

Drinks: Find the usual club drinks – beer, long drinks and cocktails as well as shots; don’t come looking for a glass of good red wine

What kind of night will you have?
You might find yourself making out with a stranger in one of the dark parts at the corners of the dance floor, or chatting with the toilet lady while forgetting all about your friends, or staring at the great wall paintings for a few hours until you’re spat out onto the curb at 6am.

Pratersauna – Best Clubs

Indoor/Outdoor: yes/yes

Pratersauna is one legendary Viennese night club, situated in the midst of Prater in an old sauna and swinger club from the 1960s. The club was opened in 2009 and closed in early 2016 for renovation. Reopening a few months later with a new owners and management, it still features several floors that offer weekly and monthly House, Electronic and Techno music parties. Plus, a pool in the garden is the highlight whenever you come here in summer months.

Music: You’ll find electronic music DJs lines that feature the newest and hippest releases from House, Techno and Minimal music.

Drinks: Find all the usual suspects that you find at a club, from longdrinks to shots, beer and wine, as well as soft drinks.

What kind of night will you have?
At Pratersauna you will have long nights that involve a lot of dancing, sweating and meeting new people to have either a good time with, or the strangest night of your life.

fluc + fluc_wanne – Best Clubs

TUE–THU: 8pm–5am
FRI–SAT: 8pm–6am

www.fluc.at

Beer = 3.90€
Weißer Spritzer = 2.60€
Gin Tonic = 3.90€

cash only

Indoor/Outdoor: yes/yes

In the midst of Praterstern, next to some food stands, the train station and a bunch of drunk people, you will find the dark kid of Vienna’s clubs, Fluc + Fluc_Wanne. It’s dirty and shabby and you will find a bunch of very weird people, but also lots of great DJ music with heavy bass lines and music that has you dancing all night, forgetting all about tomorrow.
If you come here before 11pm, you will meet an empty dancefloor downstairs in the Fluc Wanne, but you can take a seat at the bar upstairs and have a few drinks to start the night, or hang out on the terrace on warm summer evenings.

Music: There’s definitely a focus on the rather dark and heavy-bass-electronic music at Fluc + Fluc_Wanne, featuring a lot of international acts dishing you some Techno, Elektro, and sometimes Hardtekkno.

Drinks: While you won’t find any upper-class brands of alcohol here, that’s not really what people come here for. You will get your beer, Spritzer and various shots of hard liquor with a suitable soft drink to mix it with.

What kind of night will you have?
It’s a great place for people who are not looking for something too fancy, but are still in search of a long night filled with great quality electronic music. This venue is animating, loud, crazy and an atmosphere that sucks you in.

Sass Music Club – Best Clubs

THU–FRI: 11pm–6am
SAT: 11pm–5am
SUN: 6am–11am

www.sassvienna.com

Beer = 4.20€–5.40€
Weißer Spritzer = 3.60€

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Indoor/Outdoor: yes/no

Sass is Vienna’s light but stylish Electro-club-kid. The location on Karlsplatz makes it very suitable for an evening that includes a few venue changes, as there are a lot of bars and clubs close by.
At first sight, it looks more like a big bar with a dancefloor but still surprises with a great capacity. The light and sound systems are one of Vienna’s best, the waiters are quick and attentive, fuelling you with the needed liquids to get and keep you going all night. There ambience is very classy,

Music: All kinds of electronic music are dished at this venue. There’s also a legendary afterhour for all party people who haven’t danced enough at 6am in the morning.

Drinks: Sass’s drinks menu is focused on good quality liquor (bottle or shot) featuring a lot of different brands, long drinks and cocktails. You’ll also find a Spritzer and beer, if you like the usual club brands.

What kind of night will you have?
A light but vibrant night surrounded by a great crowd who’s here to let loose for a few hours, great quality drinks and music that makes you forget everything around you.

Opera Club – Best Clubs

10pm–6am

www.operaclub.at

Beer = 4€
Weißer Spritzer = 4€
Gin Tonic = 8€
Vodka Shot = 5€ (4cl)

cash only

Indoor/Outdoor: yes/no

Opera Club is a nice alternative to all other Viennese night clubs. Situated in the first district, it features a relatively small area, housing a bar as well as a dance floor. But it also offers a lounge area where you can refuel your powers after dancing for too long and bathing in other people’s sweat.

Music: At Opera Club you’ll find great local DJs dishing you neat electronic beats, as well as international guest DJs, focussed on House, Techhouse, Minimal and Techno.

What kind of night will you have?
At Opera Club you will be sucked in by the atmosphere, the music and the people enjoying themselves. The drinks are good and well-prices, the location is practical and the parties are often a bit weird and wonky.

Volksgarten – Best Clubs

THU–SAT nights, check events for opening times

www.volksgarten.at

Longdrink = 10.50€
Beer = 4.80€
Weißer Spritzer = 4.20€

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Indoor/Outdoor: yes/yes

Volksgarten is the fancy celebrity among Vienna’s clubs. It was established 180 years ago and underwent a big reconstruction a few years ago, making it a 3-part-event-location including a winter garden, the old part with the dance floor as well as the Säulenhalle – a second floor that hosts a second DJ line, or sometime entire events.

Music: Volksgarten offers the usual clubbing music, somewhere between RnB, House and Disco sounds, Säulenhalle hosts more specific events like “Asian nights” or “NYC”.

What kind of night will you have?
Nights at the Volksgarten are long and consuming, but also light and glittery. It’s more fancy than Vienna’s other clubs, people come here to see and be seen, get dressed up and leave an impression. There’s enough variety in music, drinks and indoor/outdoor areas that make sure you won’t get bored all night long.

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