May 11, 2018
This hot and happening party complex has been a go-to spot for a younger crowd of carelessly trendy Viennese for decades. It includes the Volksgarten Pavilion, a glorious summer garden idyll great for cold beers on hot nights and floodlit games of boules while admiring the view of the Neue Burg wing of the grand Hofberg Palace. Surrounding the architecturally impressive glass pavilion is a rambling 1950s gem of a main building, which caters for both open-air and indoor events. Period furniture shares the open-plan space with a recently renovated hi-tech dance floor beneath an electronic roof that opens for dancing under the stars. A gorgeous curved salon filled with palms and lit by chandeliers overlooks the gardens. A second entrance to the building leads you to the hip-hop beats of the Säulenhalle room, now an independent club housed in the same building. ‘Volksgarten’ means ‘people’s garden’ and there’s something democratic and all-embracing about this vast communal party, like a permanent urban Glastonbury without mud. House, disco and pop hits are all on the playlist, with different nights featuring different genres. Music at the commercial end of the spectrum takes centre stage on ‘Be Loved’ Fridays, while the club tends to be crowded with techno heads on Tuesdays. On Saturdays you can ‘Get Whipped’ on pulse-racing electro music. The atmosphere is sweaty, frenetic, celebrity-spotting fun, although the drinks are pretty pricey. But if you’re looking for a fast-moving, fun night out in fantastic surroundings, this place is pretty much unbeatable.