THE VENUES 2017
MOLLY DARCY'S - IN THE SHADOW OF THE SCHOTTEN
'A stones throw from Schottentor, follow the footsteps of the 'Iroschotten' benedictine Monks from the bustle of Freyung into Teinfaltstrasse, a hidden street that still maintains Vienna's timeless baroque charm and also situates the city's first, original Irish pub - MOLLY DARCY'S. It was here at the Celtic heart of Vienna in 1996 that Molly's opened it's doors to thirsty revelers intent on experiencing the atmosphere of a real Irish pub. The genuine wood paneling, the bar, the snug, the books and all the artifacts were imported from Ireland by the two (Irish) friends who opened MOLLY DARCY'S 20 years ago. Since then she has changed hands but still maintains all of her spirit. Whether it's to enjoy a quiet Guinness and chat with the bar staff on a weekday afternoon or the laughter, dancing and Live Music every weekend - this is where to come. Vienna's little piece of Ireland'.
RUBY MARIE HOTEL - FROM DEPARTMENT STORE TO HOTEL
A former department store turned into a hotel - the Stafa building is home to RUBY MARIE, in the middle of the 7th district, the heart of Vienna's creative scene. The interior and design of the hotel reflects the history of the building. The "Mariahilfer Zentralpalast" was opened 1911 as a department store. During the first World War, it was bought by the "Staatsangestellten-Fürsorgeanstalt" (Sta-Fa), hence the unusual nickname of the building "Stafa".
During the 1920s, the Stafa became a shopping and cinema palace. During the years, the building was constantly renovated, modernized and its purpose changed. The Stafa got its modern facade in 2015 with a further renovation, emphasizing the relief structures of Anton Hanak. End of 2015 RUBY MARIE moved in. The building was additionally awarded the LEED certificate, which concentrates on environmentally responsible building and efficient usage of resources.
A 5-minute walk from Wien Westbahnhof train station, this trendy hotel in the Schottenfeld district is 2 km from the MuseumsQuartier's cultural venues.
Chic rooms with mid-century furnishings offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and tablet computers, plus guitar amps with iPod/iPhone connectors. All have rainfall showers and high-end toiletries. Some rooms feature armchairs, vintage mannequins and/or sofas; upgraded rooms add balconies or terraces.
THEATRE AM SPITTELBERG - INTIMATE AND INTRIGUING!
'The beautiful and intriguing THEATER AM SPITTELBERG is situated in the very heart of the vibrant and eclectic 7th district of Vienna, which has long been regarded as a center of social culture and creativity within the city. This uniquely warm and curious venue has seen many transformations and guises throughout its lifetime but its essence has always been the performance, manifested by its beautifully intimate stage setting.'
aera wieN - below the surface
Located in the historic inner district of Vienna within the Schotten Parish, AERA sits quietly on the quaintly named Gonzagagasse. However, beyond it’s sleepy exterior is a beating hub of creativity and performance. AERA is one of the cities many hidden gems…a cosy cafe and bar by day frequented by the natives, the scholars and the curious but by night, this cellar venue has built a very fine reputation as a versatile and lively stage within it’s own right; hosting everything from stand-up comedy and industrial-punk concerts to singer-songwriters. Spacious yet intimate and beautiful acoustics to match, it may not remain secret for long.
das heinz - A GREEN OASIS
Sitting directly on Rudolfsplatz opposite the park in the first district and also within the Schotten Parish, DAS HEINZ appears to be an oasis of calm and green. With it’s huge open window front and tranquil interior it feels more like a bistro than a venue, but the beauty of DAS HEINZ is its depth. Beyond the eatery and bustling kitchen hides one of the cosiest bars and acoustic venues in town. Whisky and bourbon galore and a warm backroom venue that gives the audience a true front-row experience of the many performing artists who’ve passed through this beautiful acoustic hideaway over the years; another hidden gem.