Central Europe drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Beer Hall in Altstadt & Residenz

Hofbräuhaus

Even if you don't like beer, every visitor to Munich should make a pilgrimage to the mothership of all beer halls, if only once. Within this major tourist attraction, you'll discover a range of spaces in which to do…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Gmunden

Brot & Wein

The owner's astonishing collection of contemporary art posters dating back a couple of decades wallpaper this brilliant basement wine bar. During the week, head here in the evening for good-quality wine by the glass…
Top Choice Ruin Pub in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Szimpla Kert

Budapest's first romkocsma (ruin pub), Szimpla Kert is firmly on the tourist trail but remains a landmark place for a drink. It's a huge complex with nooks filled with bric-a-brac, graffiti, art and all manner of un…
Top Choice Club in Friedrichshain

Berghain/Panorama Bar

Only world-class spin-masters heat up this hedonistic bass-junkie hellhole inside a labyrinthine ex-powerplant. Hard-edged minimal techno dominates the ex-turbine hall (Berghain) while house dominates at Panorama Ba…
Top Choice Brewery in Salzburg

Augustiner Bräustübl

Who says monks can’t enjoy themselves? Since 1621, this cheery, monastery-run brewery has served potent homebrews in beer steins, in the vaulted hall and beneath the chestnut trees of the 1000-seat beer garden. Get …
Top Choice Bar in Prater & East of the Danube

Das Loft

Wow, what a view! Take the lift to Das Loft on the Sofitel's 18th floor to reduce Vienna to toy-town scale. From this slinky, glass-walled lounge, you can pick out landmarks such as the Stephansdom and the Hofburg o…
Top Choice Pub in Vinohrady & Vršovice

Beer Geek

One of the most successful of a new generation of multi-tap pubs in Prague to offer the best beers from local Czech producers as well as brewers from around the world. They have 32 taps in all, and regularly rotate …
Top Choice Winery in Leutschach

Weingut Muster

Despite having something of a cultish international following for their biodynamic, natural wines, Maria and Sepp Muster have one of the friendliest tasting rooms in the region. Come and talk terroir with Sepp in th…
Top Choice Cafe in Karlsplatz & Around Naschmarkt

Kaffeefabrik

It's all about the beans at this contemporary, stripped-back cafe. Its small-batch speciality coffee is roasted in Burgenland to bring out the individual aromas of fair-trade beans sourced from Sumatra, India, Ethio…
Top Choice Bar in Zürich

Frau Gerolds Garten

Hmm, where to start? The wine bar? The margarita bar? The gin bar? Whichever poison you choose, this wildly popular focal point of Zürich's summer drinking scene is pure unadulterated fun and one of the best grown-u…