Sipping pretty at Miranda Bar, Tür 7 and R&Bar
Over the past year cocktail bars have been making a comeback. The cuter, smaller and more style-conscious the better. Our top three have shaped up to be individualistic, styled to the nines and still unique in essence and clientele.
Miami Vice in Gumpendorf
Having opened July 2015, the Miranda Bar evokes tropical ambiance with pastel colors and fun, fruity cocktails. It is owned by the proprietors of the restaurant Finkh next door.
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.
Behind Closed Doors
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 woodchips. 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. Technically its been around since 2014, but the secret seems to have been well-kept.
Buchfeldgasse 7, 1080 Vienna
To reserve, call 43/664 546 3717
Vintage Flair in Neubau
Written R&Bar the place is called Rundbar and is the lovechild of a filmmaking couple in Lindengasse, who opened in in early 2015. This place nods to sixties decor with the laid-back charm of the hipster joints throughout the area, but none of it seems forced. From the stained glass behind the bar to the cubist “chandelier” and fabric wallpaper, it’s unassumingly snazzy. We ordered moscow mules and later a gimlet or two. The place is abuzz with conversation, the service is charmingly unpretentious and the music, a healthy mixture of anything from Sinatra to Michael Jackson. They also serve very decent food. Portions are small, but so are the prices (under €10) and it’s plenty to sustain you for a night full of drinks and conversation.
Lindengasse 1, 1070
Wed-Sat 16:00– 2:00 (kitchen 22:00)