Kruger's American Bar
May 11, 2018
This venerable post-dinner spot in the heart of Vienna is the oldest cocktail bar in the city, dating back to the 1920s. Once slap-bang in the middle of the red light district, the area may have gone upmarket since then, but Kruger’s hasn’t forgotten its past in at least one way: the furniture is all original. Now popular with the establishment set, this is where you come to impress your Austrian girlfriend’s parents or to find a middle-aged millionaire divorcee. There’s definitely something to be said for its old-world charm, style and class. Martinis and top-shelf brandies and Scotch can be ordered from the comfort of a leather armchair and the dark-wood panelling of the room is straight out of a Mayfair men’s club. There’s even a separate smokers’ lounge where you can puff away to your heart’s content on cigarettes and imported cigars. Pre-dinner drinks and cocktails range from a classic ’20s margarita (4cl Silver Tequila, 2cl Cointreau and 2cl lime juice) to the Kruger Special, a fruity mix of Bacardi, apricot brandy, passoa, grenadine and orange juice. Frequent live bands play jazz, blues and swing classics, from Dean Martin, Sinatra and Aretha Franklin to modern soul. Rumour has it that a certain Sammy Davies Jr. once played here. But if your music tastes lie elsewhere, the club is only three minutes from the world famous Vienna State Opera House. Of course, a place that attracts international celebrities is never going to be cheap, so make sure you arrive wearing something with deep pockets.