Over the past year cocktail bars have been making a comeback. Tür 7 and the Miranda Bar are individualistic, styled to the nines and still unique in essence and clientele.
Looking like a Scandinavian designer’s vision of Miami, the Miranda bar serves swag swill to rival the venerable Barfly’s, the other, more traditional high-end cocktail bar just up the road. Using only freshly squeezed juices and homemade syrups, their seasonal selection is awash in unusual creations like the Malmö Swizzle (aquavit, strawberry-pepper syrup, lemon, grapefruit bitters) and hard-to-find classics such as the mint julep.
Esterhazygasse 12, 1060
Mon-Sat 18:00–2:00 (3:00 on weekends), closed Sun.
Speakeasy – Behind Closed Doors
Reservations recommended at Tür 7, a cocktail-centric bar hidden on a side street in the 8th
You never know what to expect behind a spy hole; that’s part of the thrill. The heavy door at number 7 opened onto a compact interior swathed in pale purple. The concierge-like waiter ushered us to the bar. The crowd was mixed: 30-somethings, couples, groups of friends and neighborhood curiosities. We perceived a smokey odor like a campfire or wood chips. It was a Cantor cocktail, which is prepared under a bell jar and treated with a culinary smoker, just one of the exquisite concoctions prepared adeptly by Gerry and his crew. The barmen keep index cards of signature cocktails for regulars. The secret atmosphere and flawless service was only topped by the little extras like the rosemary and thyme spiced popcorn prepared in a pan behind the bar.
Buchfeldgasse 7, 1080 Vienna
To reserve, call 43/664 546 3717