From coffees to cocktails, Austria’s leading bars have something for everyone. We take a look at some of the coolest establishments in Vienna, Innsbruck and Salzburg. Our pick of venues has everything from a 200-year-old greenhouse to a rooftop bar with panoramic views of the Alps
Austria has much to offer as well as its beautiful landscapes and world-class skiing resorts – the country’s cities offer a vast selection of bars. From café-bars that are open all day to restaurants known as much for drinks as food to rooftop locations that come alive after dark, Austria’s leading bars have something for everyone.
Whether you are looking for a place to relax during the day or somewhere to spend an evening, our selection of the best bars in Vienna, Innsbruck and Salzburg offers great atmosphere, stylish locations and, of course, perfectly poured drinks.
Palmenhaus is an all-day restaurant and bar housed in a 200-year-old greenhouse. It was relaunched as the sophisticated space it is today in 1998, and still reflects its original purpose with an abundance of beautiful greenery. Whether you pop in for a coffee, an aperitif, an appetiser or a delicious cocktail or two, this is a vibrant, must-visit hub in the heart of Vienna. Guest DJ nights take place every Friday, as well as other events that allow you to eat and drink under a canopy of palm trees in the heart of the Austrian capital.
Palmenhaus, Burggarten 1, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 533 1033
One of Vienna’s most popular venues, Fabios is located on the famous Tuchlauben street. Enjoy a drink or a meal at this elegant, contemporary bar and restaurant. The décor creates a mysterious atmosphere, with dark wooden floors throughout, mirrored walls and a strong sense of luxury. Founded in 2002, this chic Italian all-day bar and restaurant serves creative versions of tasty classics. Take your pick from the wide variety of aperitifs and cocktails available. Fabios has a long list of admirers, so booking is essential.
Fabios, Tuchlauben 4-6, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 532 2222
The Mayday Bar is located next to Salzburg airport; its dynamic design, executed in steel and glass, is reminiscent of a plane wing. Mayday overlooks the museum of racing cars, aircrafts, art and technology within the Hangar-7 space. The menu is just as spectacular as the interiors, featuring a variety of cocktails from around the world and a tasty and unique culinary selection. Hangar-7 also houses the Carpe Diem lounge and café and the Ikarus restaurant, so why not combine food, drink and culture over a whole day?
Mayday Bar, Hangar-7, Wilhelm-Spazier-Strasse 7A, 5020 Salzburg, +43 (0)662 21970
Located on the sixth floor of the popular Do & Co hotel in Stephansplatz in central Vienna, close to St Stephen’s cathedral, the Onyx bar serves a variety of classic cocktails with a house twist, as well as a variety of wines, beers and more. The cosy, relaxing atmosphere makes it an equally perfect location for a business meeting or hanging out with friends. Onyx is open all day and the ideal spot for a break while exploring the city as it’s situated close to many must-see Viennese attractions, including the opera house and the Albertina museum. The views are fantastic and the drinks are also spectacular – taste one of the signature creations, such as the Onyx Mojito, the Onyx Spiced Daiquiri or the Golden Raspberry.
Onyx, Do & Co, Stephansplatz 12, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 535 3969
There’s no better place to have a drink under the clear skies of Innsbruck than the 360° rooftop bar, which overlooks panoramic views of the snow-covered peaks that surround the city. The all-day café and bar, located on the seventh floor of the smart RathausGalerien shopping centre, offers an extensive menu of drinks and wines from across the world, as well as fantastic views across the city. The large patio can be enjoyed when the weather is good, and at sunset it is an ideal place for a drink or two with friends. You can also visit Lichtblick, the stylish adjoining restaurant, for a gourmet bite to eat.
360°, RathausGalerien, Maria-Theresien-Strasse 18, 6020 Innsbruck, +43 (0)664 840 657050