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Vienna presents many choices to short break visitors so it's advisable to plan your evenings, maximising your entertainment. With a strong musical heritage and home to the late Mozart, it's not suprisingly that theatres and opera houses line Vienna's streets. The most famous is undoubtedly the extraordinary Vienna State Opera which is a must-see on a trip to Vienna. For something a little more low-key, head to one of Vienna's fantastic live music lounges and experience a taste of the local talent, whether it's jazz, swing, rock or blues that takes you fancy.
For the lively at heart, continue the night in one of Vienna's many cocktail bars, discos and pubs. The city is renowned for its electronic music scene and there are multitude of clubs to keep even the most avid party lover happy. Head for the Bermuda Triangle for the best music, drinks and company that the city has to offer. Located across three overlapping streets in the centre of town, this is the place to be at a weekend.
Read more on this destination in the AA Spiral Guide to Vienna.
Recommended evening entertainment in Vienna
Jazzland, Franz-Josefs-Kai 29
In a cellar under St Ruprecht's Church, this celebrated jazz venue has been attracting international stars for 35 years alongside noted jazz, blues and swing musicians. Open Mon-Sat from 7pm - 2am (live music from 9pm). Admission is approximately €11-18.
Theater an der Wien, Linke Wienzeile 6
Unlike the Opera House, this atmospheric and historic theatre, built by the Magic Flute librettist, Emanuel Schikaneder, is open all year. Productions span ballet, opera, concerts, operetta and modern dance music. Box office open daily from 10am - 7pm. Prices vary.
Vienna pounds with trendy bars and clubs. This is one of the most popular discos, which also has a restaurant and palm-decked gardens with a big dance floor so you could swing, tango, salsa or jive the night away in summer. Disco open Tue-Sat from 11.30pm or from 9.30pm when there are live acts). Garden open May-Sep on Sat/Sun from 7pm - midnight. Admission from €5.
Wiener Staatsoper, Opernring 2
Just being in the Vienna Opera House building is exciting. Standing room tickets go on sale 80 minutes before the night's performance. Guided tours cost €6.50. Season runs from Sep-Jun. Admission varys between €2 - 254.
Bermuda Triangle, Rabensteig, Seitenstettengasse and Ruprechtsplatz
Referred to locally as the "party mile of Vienna", the Bermuda Triangle is an area of three long avenues overflowing with beer houses, clubs, cocktail bars and live music lounges. In the summer months there is one giant outdoor seating area and many establishments are open well into the early hours, usually 4 or 5am.