Music & theater

Tips brought to you by Dominik, Christian and Julia 

Vienna's dedication to music is renown worldwide and there's plenty of live music venues for all styles - hard to make a choice.


If you like Classical, Contemporary, Jazz or World Music you might want to try (among many others) one of the following places:


Musikverein (cheap standing tickets available)

Opera (pricy but cheap standing tickets are available)

Volksoper (more affordable than the State Opera)

Porgy & Bess (Jazz and World Music, must try their food, too!)


For Rock, Blues, Americana and Folk, try these:

Local (lots of live music, many good Austrian bands. Smaller venue with great architecture, right underneath the metro at U6 stop Spittelau). Try the Red Zwickel beer!)

Cafe Concerto (Insiders say "everything can happen at Concerto" - a laid back and communicative place with somewhat gloomy 70ies interiors. Daily, mostly free, live music in the basement vaults and DJs upstairs. Can get smoky, still no smoking ban in Austria...)

Davis (for those who don't shy away from a metro ride "beyond the danube" - great music club, usually not overcrowded)

Chelsea, B72, Rhiz, Cafe Carina (all those are located underneath the U6 metro line, featuring all sorts of great smaller-size concerts, DJs, pub atmosfere and dancing. Very popular.

Fluc (downstairs, Fluc is one of the legendary electronic music venues of the town; upstairs you may find excellent Noiserock or even Americana bands on the schedule)

WUK, Szene, Gasometer (larger concert venues)


If you're into visiting Open Stages, check out the websites of Cafe Concerto and Cafe Tachles.


For theater, we recommend:

Burgtheater (expensive, renown. German language)

TAG (one of the many smaller theaters, German language, Poetry slams, concerts)

English Theatre


For contemporary dance:

The ImPulsTanz Festival is one of the most famous dance festivals worldwide, starting right after the conference:

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