Where to hear music in Vienna
Vienna’s classical music tradition needs no introduction, and aficionados are advised to check the listings and book in advance for the three great venues: the State Opera, the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein. The latter is home to the Vienna Philharmonic and the annual New Year’s Concert.
But it’s not all cellos and fellows in evening dress – the Vienna nightlife is far too diverse for that. Porgy and Bess is justifiably hailed as one of Europe’s best jazz clubs, featuring top names from jazz, world music, improv and soul, all at reasonable prices. Along the Gürtel ring road, small grungy clubs such as Chelsea host international newcomers and has-beens while the neighbouring rhiz provides more experimental fare. For bigger indie or rock bands, the best address is Arena, an atmospheric former slaughterhouse, which holds open-air gigs by major-league acts in summer. For more indie and dance acts, but without the trek to the suburbs, the WUK arts centre occupies an imposing ivy-clad 19th-century factory.
Vienna’s club scene also features live acts before the turntables take over. Longstanding favourites include the canalside Flex and its mighty sound system, and Fluc, an arty space in the shadow of the Prater Big Wheel. If you’re in the area and want to make a real night of it, head past the funfair to the nearby Pratersauna. Currently the hottest address for the discriminating clubber, it’s located in a former municipal sauna, complete with an outdoor pool for some summertime splashing.
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Wiener Staatsoper Opernring 2. +43 1514 44 2250
Konzerthaus Lothringerstraße 20. +43 1 242 002
Musikverein Musikvereinsplatz 1. +43 1 505 8190
Porgy and Bess Riemergasse 11. +43 1 512 8811
Chelsea U-Bahnbögen 29-30. +43 1 407 9309
rhiz U-Bahnbogen 37-38
Arena Baumgasse 80
WUK Währinger Straße 59. +43 1 401 210
Flex Augartenbrücke 1. +43 1 533 7525
Fluc Praterstern 5
Pratersauna Waldsteingartenstraße 135