1. If Dogs Run Free
What is it? An atmospheric, bare-bones bar on Gumpendorfer Strasse in the up-and-coming sixth district: think ‘The Matrix’ meets ‘Mad Men’. You’d be barking not to drop in if you’re passing.
Why go? There’s nowhere better to start the night. The classics – Old Fashioneds, Boulevardiers, martinis – are executed faultlessly and reasonably priced. The one to beat is the Damascus Spritz, with rum and cardamom syrup.