Every weekend people looking to party come from all over the world to the best clubs in the Austrian capital. To party to good music, to get to know new people or, ideally, to flirt as much as possible. The hippest and trendiest clubs in the city open their doors weekend after weekend and invite people to party. There are several locations on the scene with a unique flair and a lively underground scene, for example the Grelle Forelle or the Pratersauna.
We have taken a tour around Vienna and paid a visit to the coolest clubs. Whether you like to stroll along the Beltway with your friends or regularly head into the city centre, the next club is never far away. With our recommendations you will know where in Vienna the party is at – and what you can expect in each place.
An undoubted highlight of the Vienna club scene. If you want to party to good electronic music, the Pratersauna is the right place for you. This somewhat grubby building has been standing next to the Viennese Prater since 1965, but had a general refurbishment in 2009. Really cool: there is a pool in the garden and should you get too sweaty throwing shapes, you are welcome to cool down in it. Incidentally, there is usually a barbecue in the big garden, weather-permitting, and for love-birds – or anyone who wants to fall in love – there are one or two places of refuge.. The prices are okay, the doormen friendly and the drinks tasty. Regular visits by top international DJs also ensure for an excellent atmosphere right into the early hours of the morning – and sometimes even longer.
Near the Spittelau railway station you can find the Grelle Forelle, which has created an outstanding name for itself over the past few years and is now one of the most popular clubs in the city. The Grelle Forelle primarily plays electronic music, though it has been known to mix it up with hip-hop or house events. The sound is great and can hold its own with clubs in New York or Paris. The omnipresent underground atmosphere and the lighting system that is truly worth seeing will help numb the pain of the rather high drinks prices. But, all in all, a visit to the Grelle Forelle is always worthwhile. Be it to chill out with friends, to get to know new, interesting people or to party to electronic beats.
If you're looking for something a little cosier, a visit to The Loft is highly recommended. On the Beltway, and therefore not far from the Westbahnhof, it has been a meeting place for a diverse group of people for years. The musical range is as flexible as the clientèle: hip-hop, reggae, hits from the 90s or rock sounds switch on an almost daily basis, so that every night in The Loft is a special one. Partying and dancing is in the cellar; the floor above is where you can have a quiet beer with your mates. And poetry slams take place in The Loft every first Tuesday of the month; no need to miss out on a bit of culture. Incidentally, this place is practically always open – the doors only close on Sundays and Mondays.
The city's underground club: Fluc has the charm of a converted garage, but, thanks to its choice acts, great atmosphere and its guests, has made itself a fixture on the scene. It doesn't matter if you want to party or see your favourite band play: Fluc offers something for every taste across two floors. Whilst entry is even free upstairs, downstairs, in the Fluc_Wanne, a small contribution is required. It's open every day, meaning that last-minute party-goers can always find a reason to celebrate at Fluc. National and international DJs provide the atmosphere and, thanks to the slightly secluded location, they like to turn it up from time to time. Also, in the summer there is a beer garden, which is ideal for a relaxing drink after work.
An alternative to the other Viennese clubs is offered by Flex, which is no more than five minutes walk from Schwedenplatz. The schedule could hardly be more varied, as alongside numerous concerts by international and national bands, there are regular reggae, hip-hop, electro, dubstep and drum 'n' bass events. So, if you're looking for varied music or simply have eclectic taste, Flex is ideal for you and your friends to rock out to loud music – thanks to the outstanding sound system – or to chill out in front of Flex on a warmer evening or in the attached cafe next door.