Our guide to gay clubs & parties in Vienna
Not a weekend goes by in Vienna without a megaparty. A lot happens on Vienna’s gay and lesbian scene – from the techno party in the trendy industrial location to the disco, pop or house event in the city’s hip clubs.
The Why Not opens its doors each Friday and Saturday. The relatively small downtown gay club has been around for many years. It still busts out of its seams each weekend. Expect a hot night on the dance floor where all the popular house and dance hits are playing.
Monthly Balkan clubbing BallCanCan is where “Occident meets Orient and Poland”. The criss-cross mixture of guests dance to Balkan-Pop and Turbo-Folk. www.facebook.com/BallCanCan
Vienna has its first Bear & Butch club in the form of the Pitbull. Since its opening in 2009, the Pitbull team has provided sweat-producing beats for that pure testosterone rush.
queer:beat. Gays, lesbians and friends can dance away to indie rock, electronic and chart music here. Several DJs play for the young, dance-crazy crowd.
At the regularly held Ken Club, a mainly young crowd dances to pop and chart hits.
Replay is the name of the party held once a month at the Opera Club Vienna. International and Austrian DJs get the keen party-goers buzzing.
The Circus is a huge gay spectacle that is held at irregular intervals (twice to four times per year) in the Arena Wien. International top DJs and spectacular shows attract the party animals.
Long live Heaven Vienna! Miss Candy, Austria’s well-known drag queen and initiator of diverse party institutions, brings you the latest in house music, disco sounds and garage beats for a sweltering atmosphere among party-goers.
Unfortunately, the Kibbutz Klub is only held infrequently: organized by the “QueerHebrews”, everyone is welcome here – whether lesbian, gay, transsexual, hetero, hipster, Jewish, non-Jewish, local or immigrant. Guests dance to Israeli music and Eurotrash.
Four to five times a year, Jacques Patriaque, who is also responsible for the Vienna Boylesque Festival, organizes his Party Imperial Madness in the Hall of Columns: the perfect combination of Boylesque, Burlesque and fine electronic music, and usually with a drag superstar from the hit US TV show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as hostess.
The Wiener Freiheit has been established in the fifth district for more than 25 years: the bar in 1980s style is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 9.00 pm to 4.00 am. The disco starts at 10.00 pm.
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action
Hotel Imperial, Steigenberger Hotel, Hotel Astoria, Hotel Maria Theresia