Public viewing in Vienna for the 2018 World Cup Part II – here as promised. The hippest locations for insiders.
Our first part has focused on listing good, consistent places. That means for us, they offer a lot of space, good food and are suitable for Vienna visitors (also with family). Or with fellow travelers who are less interested in pulic viewig in Vienna. Also for Viennese who like it down-to-earth and who want to drink a well-kept beer to play on your seat. For those who do not chase the hippest places.
But there are also the others, the cool hipster places for public viewing in Vienna. They are beautiful. And crowded. Many want to be hip, so many are pushing. At the end it may be overcrowded … and you can wait forever at the bar to get your own beer. But it is like that. If you want to be hip you have to suffer and the locations offer a special flair.
We show you the hippest public viewing locations in Vienna here in a funny imaginary tour through the city.
For a long time t his place was the Reims-Bar and still you can see parts of the old sparkling wine and cocktail bar. But since this year it will be really cool here. What is alreqdy cool is the selection of cocktails. In addition, the giant TV with which they broadcast the games of the World Cup in the garden. When it rains, it is carried in. This heavy, biggest screen you get on the market right now …. And there are no 200 people, so you will not have problems seeing the screen. It is comfortable. I love that lane, the Schrankgasse. Cobblestones and little old houses. Like in a typical old town. And opposite the organic burgers. A few meters further the Tian, vegetarian and vegan. Around the corner the Ulrich. And the bar of Daniel and Christian fits perfectly into the cozy hipster corner. And if you’re lucky Christian’s mother spontaniously cooks something delicious.
Here you feel very well – in German: bestens.
The bar usually opens at 6pm but from Friday on they start at 5pm. For you. For the World Cup.
Not far from our first station, in the 6th district near the Mariahilfer street, we find the
A bit dilapidated, but that’s the cool clubs in Vienna. A bit hidden for newcomers to Vienna, but casual. It is located in a backyard of Mariahilferstraße. Pulic viewing in the backyard. And yes, there is also the electronics store Elektro Goenner. Often you see their delivery vehicles driving through Vienna. At first I thought that was a funny coincidence. It is not. The Elektro Goenner is called Elektro Goenner because the bar has taken over a former shop of the electrical retailer. Literally translated Goenner means patron. That they also play electronic music there was a good fit. That the saying “Goenn dir” (= treat yourself) also became popular last year, fits very well. But the Elektro Goenner is there for 12 years. That was not a marketing plan, that’s how it happened. The cooler.
Enjoy the games in the Goenner daily from 8 pm
A big screen and several TVs
Here, the hipsters cavort with the 80s carrot pants. Stonewashed.
Mariahilfer Straße 101
Continuing our broadcast tour. Up the Vienna belt to the 9th district where we find the FM4 Worldcup quarter at the
The workshop and culture house. You have to know it, you have to love it. Alone for the fact that the “square courtyard” of ivy-covered brick buildings, just around the corner of the Vienna Volksoper is so different. Everything is different there. Just cool, just chilled. Here are the alternatives and the hipsters. The alternative hipsters. Also often the Bobo-small families. There is always something here and it is really its own small world within Vienna. A great place for all sorts of projects.
Parallel to the World Cup, a Vernissage from “Tschutti Heftli” is running in the project room. What is that? The Austrian answer to the Panini album. The footballers are there as portait illustrations to collect and stick and the profits go to charitable causes. That suits WUK, because it’s just cool. For detailed information: https://www.tschuttiheft.li/ueber-uns/
When public viewing in WUK they broadcast every game and everyone can see it, because it is equipped with 3 large screens and an additional 10 screens. You are sitting on marquee sets, you get your beer in a returnable beaker and you grab something to eat from one of the food trucks in the yard. And if you are in need, you are sitting on the ground, on a green carpet, because it does not matter. In WUK quite much does not matter, the WUK is just casual.
But you can not do everything there. The following is not allowed:
“… we ask you to leave the following things at home: bags and rucksacks larger than 30×30 cm, suitcases, dogs and other animals, umbrellas, walking sticks, skateboards, scooters and in general items that you do not need – especially those that can present an obstacle in the event of danger and fire. Thanks for your understanding!”
And we understand, because the WUK is just so cool
WUK – Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus
Währinger Straße 59
We continue on our round trip for public viewing in Vienna in the 2nd district. Because the 2nd district may no longer be missing on the hipster list. If not the district itself, but what has always been hip here is the
At the Danube Canal. When I came to Vienna back then, my Bavarian friends gave me that one tip: “You have to visit the Flex. I know that from FM4. That’s cool! “
I visited the Flex. It was cool. I always thought the Flex will last forever as it used to be, but it did nicely. At least on the outer facade. Behind a wall of planted shopping carts it chills during the day, the Flex. But not the Flex Café. No brick walls as in WUK, shopping carts and subway tunnel. Great idea, the shopping carts. Great upcycling. The Flex is not mainstream at all, but from June 14th to July 15th they are mainstream. The entire World Cup will be broadcast in the Flex Café, open at 13.00. How much space they have we do not know, but estimated for loosely 100 to 200 people.
Space problems will probably occur from the 5pm games onwards but if necessary you can then push further down the canal to the 2000 people at the beach bar.
Our tour ends here. At the beach bar. The beach bar on the canal.
In our first part I have written that there will be no ORF fan area at Rathausplatz. We do not need that either. We have the area Strandbar Herrmann. All games are broadcasted on a huge video wall, only outdoor, because it is a beach bar. There is room for a lot of people, as many as they can manage, but around 2000 should do it. And it’s cool there, but it can get hot. Very hot. Especially if you have to wait a long time at the much-pressed bar, because everyone else wants a beer, too. Or because they know that it is just happy hour. “Just” is between 5 and 6pm daily. You can also push through the 2000 people on and just take something to eat, the choice goes from Focaccia to Burger to “Leberkässemmel” (meatloaf in roll). We are still in Vienna, albeit on the beach. On the beach with “Leberkässemmel” and 2000 people. But honestly, it’s worth it to most people, because it’s cool there. These are also the people who wait 40 minutes for a scoop of ice at 33 degrees on Mariahilfer Straße. I admire these people. For their patience and strong will …
The beach bar Herrmann has really managed to become an institution on the Danube Canal. That’s why so many people come here. They want beach. And they want soccer. So the beach opens daily at noon for the public viewing of the World Cup and shows everything that is broadcasted by the ORF … so to speak, an ORF area on the beach. On the beach of a landlocked country.
Herrmannpark, Obere Weißgerberstraße
What can I say, not everyone has to be a fan of these hip places in Vienna. There are other places, as listed in our Part I. But both parts show how cool Vienna is. Because it has everything, because it offers everything. Old exists next to new, casual next to buttoned, hip next to … what is the opposite of hip? According to google “out”. I think that’s not fair. Not everything that is not hip must be out. Vienna has everything and everything next to each other. And that’s good!
We love Vienna. We love public viewing in Vienna.