Diane Naar-Elphee, The Daily Telegraph, April 22, 2013
Pauline Morley writes
We are going to Vienna to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday in August. Could you please suggest a restaurant? Atmosphere and location are important. Could you also suggest a great bar for drinks and cocktails, again with a good atmosphere?
Diane Naar-Elphee, Vienna expert, replies
August in Vienna can be hot even during the evenings, and as air-conditioning in restaurants is not yet widespread, here are some suggestions that have patios, terraces or even shady gardens for outdoor dining.
Ef16 is a small, pleasant, informal eatery and wine bar, tucked away on Fleischmarkt 16: Viennese cuisine with an Italian touch, a relaxed atmosphere and a cobbled patio/garden. Fleischmarkt 16 (0043 01 513 2318), open daily till 11.30pm.
Heuer am Karlsplatz is one of the latest additions to the urban dining scene, attracting a hip crowd, with a large outdoor terrace. Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, Treitlstrasse 2 (01 890 0590), open daily until 2am.
Salmbräu is a very informal, immensely popular brewery, which can get very busy. Salmbräu, Rennweg 8 (01 799 5992), open daily until midnight.
Zum Alten Fassl, with lots of character and a cosy feel, is an authentic Viennese Beisl offering good food and a lovely garden. Ziegelofengasse 37 (01 544 4298), open daily until 1am.
My favourite bar for atmosphere is the Dachboden on the top floor of the 25hours hotel: its open-air terrace attracts a lively crowd. It has a policy of first come, first served. Lerchenfelderstrasse 1-3 (01 152 1510) open Tue-Sun until 1am. See my online guide to Vienna for more information and suggestions.
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About Diane Naar-Elphee
Yorkshire-born Diane Naar-Elphee has become an authority on the city after living in Vienna for decades. Starting her writing career for Fodor’s 10 years ago, she now writes and updates numerous Vienna guidebooks for other publishers as well.