Drunk on a Dime: Cheap Bars & Cheap Drinks in Vienna
Ah, the age-old question from au pairs and students alike. Where can I gorge myself with alcohol for under ten dollars? I remember the nights of searching frantically for decent bars and cheap drinks in Vienna, only to come up with responses from well-traveled adults who like to sip martinis on rooftops overlooking the whole of the city, or drink handcrafted cocktails made in crazy fishbowls or baby bottles (The Sign, it’s a real place, check it out). Don’t get me wrong, I’m all down for that fancy livin’ lifestyle, but sometimes all we need is a grungy place to kick it with some pals and knock back a few shots. Well look no further my friends, I am here to assist you in your optimal pregaming experience.
Check out these cheap bars in Vienna to get drunk on a dime:
1) Dick Mack’s
+ all other Paddy’s & Co Bars
An Irish Pub that’s really classically Viennese– as in it’s incredibly smoky with terribly rude staff. Why do I go there several times a month you may ask? 2.80€ Gin and Tonics. That’s right, 2.80€ long drinks (screwdriver, whisky cola, etc.) and they’re not so watered down as you may think. There are also shots for 1.40€ and Guinness, Heineken, or Strongbow cider for 2.80€. With a whole lot of seating both upstairs and downstairs (although downstairs is not always open), it’s a great place to pregame. Paddy’s & Co also has several “sister bars” with similar drink prices. Sally’s is a classier version while The Look Bar is quite similar and very nearby.
2) Funky Monkey
Funky Monkey is an interesting looking bar located in the first district. Inside are colorful lights, a disco ball, and island decorations that make you feel like you’re in a tacky tourist bar in Hawaii or a strange LOST-themed birthday party (which isn’t a bad thing). The music is bumpin’, and would actually be quite good to dance to except there’s not much of a dance floor. They do however, have an interesting happy hour that changes every hour. From 20:00-21:00, it’s 2 for 1 long drinks. From 21-22, it’s 2 long drinks for 5.50. And from 23:00-3:00, you can get 10 shots for 12.50€. Now, that might sound like a vomit fest ready to happen, but I have to be honest in saying that the 10 shots were baby shots that tasted of apple juice. I question the alcohol content in those.
Oh, sweet sweet Kaktus. Part bar, part… weird strip club? I went there on a special “ladies night” where it was free drinks and free shots, which was amazing. The staff was very attentive too, so our glasses were never empty. They have special nights like that on Thursdays, as well as special Happy Hours throughout the week, including half-price drinks until 10pm (making a beer 2.10€) Monday-Wednesday and Friday. There are two rooms, one in the back where it’s nice to sit with your friends and yell to each other over the bumpin’ music, or the front room which is where the bar is as well as the occasional shirtless man wearing bunny ears.
Located by the Nussdorferstraße UBahn, Loco has an interesting happy hour that starts at 50 cents for long drinks and shots from 19.00-20.00. It then increases to 1.50€ from 20.00-21.00, 2.50€ the next hour, and 3.50€ and so on after that. The prices change only slightly throughout the week, with Monday night being the cheapest. Late at night on weekends it gets super packed with drunk, sweaty clubbers, but during happy hour it’s quieter.
5) Charlie P’s
Slightly more expensive than the other Irish pubs, but still a nice place to pregame. There’s lots of seating both upstairs and downstairs, with fun events on different nights like karaoke Mondays and pub quiz Sundays. It’s located in the 9th district, near Schottentor, so it’s very popular with the students. Infused vodka shots are 2.90€ or any 5 for 10€. Long drinks range from 3.90€ to 9.80€ depending on the size and the type of alcohol.
Long drinks are slightly more expensive, but Kolar is a very nice place to sit and have some cheap beer or wine with friends. A small “Kolar pils” is 2.90€ while a glass of white wine is 3.10€. They also serve some snackies if your hunger gets the better of you and you don’t want to step outside for some street noodles or midnight wurst.
Well, that was a good talk my friends. Why don’t you pin this for later so you remember it for your next night of debauchery?
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