If you think a standard night out in Vienna is a simple dinner of Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel, followed by a quiet pint in a local bar, you couldn’t be further from the truth. The capital of Austria is quickly becoming a hub for world-class fine dining – did you know that Vienna is the world’s largest wine-producing capital city, for instance? If you have an eye for trendy nightclubs, you won’t have to look far, either. To get you wining, dining and socialising in style, we recommend visiting the following hotspots on your trip to Vienna.
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Ran by celebrity chef Simon Xie Hong (famous locally for his star turns on the TV series Silent Cooking), ON Market on Linke Wienzeile delivers excellent Chinese and Japanese food in an eye-catching location – expect to see lots of vibrant textile artworks as you take your pick from a wide selection of drinks. And did I mention that it’s open 18 hours a day, from 8 am all the way to 2 am? Whenever the need for some top-quality Asian food or a refreshing cocktail strikes, ON Market has got you covered – in style.
Drop by Albertina Passage, the Vienna State Opera’s dinner club, for a classy evening of live jazz, drinks and great international and Viennese food prepared on a sleek curved cocktail bar that screams cool. Don’t be put off by the rather kitsch giant pink rabbit outside; this former underpass now oozes a futuristic elegance, and you can expect to soak up the atmosphere in the company of up to 300 other bright young minds. When the jazz winds up and the DJ takes over with some smooth soul and funk, move to the dance floor and party the night away.
Vienna’s beautiful crowd patronises the chic Onyx Bar, so this is definitely a place to see and to be seen. This small establishment makes no apologies for its exclusivity, and with the best views in the city by far, a guest list that regularly features actors, politicians and the occasional international celebrity, as well as a wide choice of luxurious cocktails, it’s no wonder it has made its name as Vienna’s premier nightspot. It really is a place to name-drop next time you’re out with your friends. Should you wish to enter the realm of Vienna’s in-crowd, then smart attire – it goes without saying – is de rigueur.
This high-flying international restaurant is synonymous with fine dining, boasting a well-deserved reputation as one of Vienna’s best. Grab yourself a table and enjoy being treated to the sumptuous fare of culinary prodigies. As you eat, you will also get to enjoy some special views of the city and the Danube, thanks to the wall-to-ceiling window panels. And there’s more: those in the know swear that Le Loft has Vienna’s best cocktail and wine list. As the locals say, Prost!
How to Get to Vienna
Several carriers, including Air Berlin, Austrian Airlines, British Airways and easyJet, operate daily flights from London to Vienna Airport. However, before you arrange your flight, get ahead of the game by booking a fixed price transfer that’ll take you directly to your accommodation, courtesy of Shuttle Direct. The last thing you want after fighting your way through arrivals is having to face the nuisance of finding some decent public transport. Spend a few minutes on our easy-to-use website booking a transfer, and when you leave the airport, our friendly and efficient drivers will take you to your hotel within half an hour.
Where to Stay
Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom – If you choose to stay here, then you couldn’t be better positioned for beginning your circuit of Vienna’s fine dining establishments. Le Loft is on the eighteenth floor of this fashionable hotel. Free Wi-Fi is available in the entire hotel, so you can always stay connected.
Radisson Blu Style Hotel – The Radisson BluStyle Hotel is a modern boutique accommodation that’s located close to the city centre. As you would expect, there’s free Wi-Fi throughout, flat-screen cable TVs in all rooms and an in-house restaurant that serves a superb range of authentic national cuisine and local wines.
Hilton Vienna – Class. Elegance. Luxury. There are all things you’d associate with the Hilton brand, and the company’s Vienna property certainly delivers. It’s right in the centre of the city, but the soundproof rooms mean you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep after a busy night out. You can relax in the sauna or unwind in your room by watching your favourite shows on a 40-inch LED flat-screen TV.
About Shuttle Direct
Shuttle Direct is the leading provider of airport transfer services in Europe and North Africa. For years, travellers have entrusted Shuttle Direct to handle their transport needs, and our excellent range of low-cost and efficient services provide holidaymakers with a stress-free start to their holiday. Book your transfer through our user-friendly online booking system and let us do the rest while you get busy filling your social calendar for your trip to Vienna!