Of course Vienna is known as the music capital of the world, and yes, there are enough operas and concerts staged here to keep you busy for weeks – but Vienna's jazz, party, clubbing and disco scene now rivals that of any other capital in Europe.
Clubs, discos and bars stay open until 2am, at weekends often until 4 am. Some of the most popular neighbourhoods, where music venues are literally next door to each other, are on the Gürtel. The varied music scene here has become one of the liveliest since the initiation of the Gürtel Nightwalk. Launched in August of 1998, to help raise the general public's awareness for this regained urban space, this night walk is one of the most popular events of the year. B72, Loop, rhiz, Chelsea and Roten Bogen are the main venues for a long night of great sounds. To get there take the U6 line.
A “pub crawl” is easy in the Bermuda Triangle around Seitenstettengasse in the city centre. This is where Vienna's nightlife really started to pick up about twenty years ago. More than ten bars, clubs and restaurants, almost door to door, compete for custom with live sound and good vibes (see www.bermudadreieckwien.at).
Hop across to the Danube Canal for more of the hip scene where clubbings, events and concerts are on all year round. At Flex, Badeschiff and Motto am Fluss, see what's on at the summer stage: www.summerstage.co.at.
At the opposite end of the scale the classical music scene thrives like never before. Opera-goers and concert-lovers find so much to do and see, it's hard to keep track of what's on. And fortunately tickets are cheaper than in other cities – thanks to tax-payers' subsidies. All in all the Viennese are still a conservative bunch and at the opera and in the concert hall you'll see many elegantly-clad locals sporting pearls and furs.
To find out about the Vienna nightlife for you, read my guides: