May 11, 2018
So cool most Viennese locals have never heard of it, it would be easy to walk past this place and assume it was a private home. In fact, the incongruous door with an inconspicuous sign is a gateway to the afterlife the meaning of ‘jenseits’. Once you’ve rung the bell and been allowed inside, the most heavenly of exclusive private clubs replaces the earthly world. A plush red interior of brocade-clad walls leads into a small, intimate bar decked out with ornate gold mirrors and atmospherically lit. Plush, opulent and distinctly decadent, this used to be a popular hang-out for the city’s hip gay crowd; now, it caters to high rollers and moneyed movers of all persuasions and nationalities. The dark leather seating is usually occupied by a smartly dressed, achingly trendy clientele, usually deep in conversation amid the chink of glasses. The impression of old-school Hollywood is overpowering, as cigars are sold and long drinks served at the bar by impeccably dressed staff. You can also choose from the impressively extensive wine list or pull up a stool and sip from a meltingly smooth scotch on the rocks instead. The drinks are competitively priced and snacks are available to dull any pangs of hunger. But the food isn’t the attraction here; you come to Jenseits to marvel at the scene. A small dance floor and large, reflecting mirror ball hovering overhead is the setting for a daily line up of talented DJs and live music sets. The bar also plays host to photo exhibitions and book readings if you want your ambience mixed with a dash of culture.