A: Choice and/or quality of drinks
B: Style and décor
C: Atmosphere and feel
D: Amenities, Events & Community
E: Value for money
F: The Pub Going Factor
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Vienna itself appeared to have a dispersed and slightly disappointing bar scene, making it difficult to arrange anything like a pub crawl. There is almost certainly a lively underground club scene on the basis of the directory, which I know little and care little about unless one of them specifically manages to out-do themselves on style and decor, or atmosphere, in which case do let me know.
Vienna is famous for it’s Beisl’s, traditional pub-eateries offering hearty fare and fresh beer. Often smokey, raw and authentic, they are also a mixed bag and some will be too food-focused to be considered true pubs. A Beisl such as Gosser Bierklinik gets the balance just right, with a separate pub room where the locals smoke and chat with a beer, and food is an optional extra.
There is one mediocre and middle brow brewpub in the centre, 1516 which has made an attempt to make the interior a bit more homely and pub-like, but the obviously newly constructed feel was still slightly sterile, and the beer offering only okay. As with a lot of these places, they attract passing trade and feel transient rather than a base for regulars.
The highlight by far was Kanguruh, a pub specialising in 100+ belgian beers nearly all a set price at 4 euros 50 cents, meaning there are many bargains to be found. The atmosphere is terrific, a shady candlelit venue with a mixture of locals and intrepid travellers. Follow the link above for further info.
The restaurant Bauern Brau in the centre of Vienna serves beer from a microbrewery in Styria which you are much less likely to visit, so serves as a de facto brewery tap. The food is great and the beer was very good, so I would also recommend coming for an evening meal. It’s not a bar or a pub though, be warned, it just happens to be a very nice restaurant serving beer from a less common and very good brewery.