Pepe Cocktail Bar
It’s nice when you find a place that doesn’t serve only 10 variations of beer to a rowdy crowd. Pepe definitely caters well to its ZARA-clad crowd as they throw back cocktail after cocktail in this remarkably chic bar. While most of the drinks are tropical-themed, with daiquiris given ample advertisement, we recommend the Schwermatrose (rum, kahlua, lime, and lemon) for a fresh beginning to a pub crawl along Steingasse.
*Bus #3, 5, 6, 8, 20, 25, or 28 to Rathaus. Cross the bridge into East Salzburg and take a quick right onto Steingasse. The bar is on the left. Open Tu-Sa 7pm-3am. www.pepe-cocktailbar.at
In between two streets along the Salzach, this bar seemingly contains all of the city’s young students and tourists in its laser-lighted interior. The inside is modern without being too yuppie and caters to its international clientele by hosting Latin disco nights as well as City of the Week events on Friday evenings. During the winter, the bar also becomes a thriving cafe.
*Bus #3, 5, 6, 8, 20, 25, or 28 to Rathaus. Cross the bridge over into East Salzburg and take a quick right onto Giselakai, which turns into Imbergstr. h Open M-Th 11:30am-2am, F-Sa 11:30am- 4am, Su 11:30am-2am. www.monkeys-salzburg.at
This youth-oriented club’s back wall is dug straight out of the side of Kapuzinerberg Hill. The music is the latest Top 40 hits, and the martinis are a particularly popular option for the under-25 crowd. The best part of this place, however, is just sitting in the bar feeling serene in the understated, natural decor.
*Bus #3, 5, 6, 8, 20, 25, or 28 to Rathaus. Cross into East Salzburg and turn right onto Steingasse. The bar is on the left. Open daily 9pm-4am. www.shamrocksalzburg.com
Since Salzburg doesn’t have in much in the way of dive bars, it is best to re- main in the realm of the classy with Chez Roland. Around since the ’70s, the archway-dominated bar has been a rotating door for luminaries of the Salzburg Festival scene. Don’t go crazy on the liquor here—instead, blend in and order anice Austrian wine for only €3 a glass.
*Bus #3, 5, 6, 8, 20, 25, or 28 to Rathaus. Cross over to east Salzburg and turn right onto Giselakai. Open daily 7:30pm-late. www.chez-roland.com
Murphy's Law Irish Pub
Murphy’s Law reminds us that “if anything can go wrong, it will.” We suppose that this Irish pub adds the corollary, “When it does indeed go wrong, drink up!” The spirit of this place is infectious, with riotous laughter and sometimes unintelligible jabber between friends filling the air. The bonhomie extends to betting pools and trips to see games that are organized to keep the patrons coming back.
*Bus #1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, or 28 to Mönchsbergaufzug. Take a quick left onto Gries- gasse until you reach the end; cross the street onto Gstättengasse. The bar is on the left. Open M-F 2pm-2am, Sa-Su 11am-2am.
What better place to lose yourself in electronic beats and dubstep drops than a bar built into the side of a mountain (even if it once was filled with monks)? Exposed cave walls put exposed brick to shame as a decor option, and the drinks are surprisingly cheap given the upscale vibe.
*Bus #1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, or 28 to Mönchsbergaufzug. Take a quick left onto Griesgasse and continue until you reach the end; cross the street onto Gstättengasse. The bar is on the left. Open Tu 9pm-4am, W-Sa 9pm-5am. www.sodaclub.cc
Shamrock Irish Pub
Shamrock gets a little bit too into the Irish campiness (the first indicator is the sign that says “Irish Food! Irish Staff! Irish Music!”). Regardless, the place is packed with Austrian and international students watching soccer and kicking back cider after beer after Guinness. The decor reminds us inextricably of the Prancing Pony of The Lord of the Rings fame, with thick, dark wooden benches and a general sense of camaraderie, until the Ringwraith called morning comes.
*Bus #3, 5, 6, 8, 20, 25, or 28 to Rathaus. Walk with traffic along Rudolfskai. .5L Guinness €4.50. Open M-W noon-3am, Th-Sa noon-4am, Su noon-2am. www.shamrocksalzburg.com
Vis à Vis
Vis à Vis caters to an under-30 crowd that doesn’t feel as sporty as the foot-ball-salivating group at the nearby Irish pubs. The emphasis here is a bit on excess, as the bar pushes groups to buy bottles of Absolut with four Red Bulls to wash it down. Nothing gets too out of hand under the exposed brick archway, which has enough lights to provoke an awed comment of “double rainbow” every now and then. Each night has a different theme, but it’s worth it to go on Wednesdays when the cocktails (the bar’s specialty) are under €4 before midnight.
*Bus #3, 5, 6, 8, 20, 25, or 28 to Rathaus. Walk with traffic on Rudolfskai; the bar is on the left. Open daily 8pm-4am. www.visavis-bar.at
*Tram #9 or 14 to Rembrandtplein. The entrance is next to Escape (see below), under the large balcony. Cover depends on the night, usually €6-10. Beer €2.50. ~ Open W-Th 11pm-3:30am, F-Sa 11pm-5am. www.studio-80.nl
*Tram #1, 2, 5, 6, 7, or 10 to Leidseplein. Turn left onto Weteringschans. Cover for club night €5-20. Concert tickets €5-20, plus €3 monthly membership fee. ~ Hours vary by event; check website for details. www.paradiso.nl
*Tram #1, 2, 5, 6, 7, or 10 to Leidseplein. Walk south of the main square and turn right onto Mar- nixstraat. Beer fro €2.50. Spirits from €4. ~ Open M-Th 8pm-3am, F-Sa 8pm-4am, Su 8pm-3am. www.weberlux.nl
Cafe de Engelbewaarder
*Metro: Nieuwmarkt. Walk south on Kloveniersburgwal for 5min. Live jazz Su 4:30pm. Occasional art showings; check website for details. Beer fro €3. ~ Open M-Th 11am-1am, F-Sa 11am-3am, Su 11am-1am. www.cafe-de-engelbewaarder.nl
Het Elfde Gebod
*At the beginning of Zeedijk, near Centraal Station. Beer from €3. Wine and spirits from €4. ~ Open M 5pm-1am, W-Su 3pm-1am. www.hetelfdegebod.eu
Red Light District Nightlife
*From Dam Sq., walk down Dam to Oudezijds Voorburgwal, make the 1st left, and turn left onto Pijlsteeg. Spirits fro €2.85. ~ Open daily 3-9pm. Tours in English Sa 12:30pm. www.wynand-fockink.nl
Nieuwe Zijd Nightlife
*Tram #1, 2, 5, or 14 to Dam/Paleisstraat. Walk down Paleisstraat and turn right onto Spuistraat. Beer from €2. Cocktails from €6. ~ Open M-Th 4pm-1am, F-Sa 4pm-3am, Su 4pm-1am. Kitchen open until 11pm. www.prikamsterdam.nl
*From Dam Sq., walk down Zoutsteeg. The bar is behind the Nieuwe Kerk, in between Nieuwendijk and Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal. Beer from €2.50. ~ Open daily 2pm-1am. www.cafe-belgique.nl
Dansen Bij Jansen
*Tram #1, 2, or 5 to Koningsplein. Cross the canal, walk up Heiligeweg, and turn left onto Hand- boogstraat. Must have a student ID or be accompanied by someone who does. Cover M- €2, Th-Sa €5. Beer from €2. ~ Open M-Th 11pm-4am, F-Sa 11pm-5am. www.dansenbijjansen.nl
*From Centraal Station, walk down Martelaarsgracht, which becomes Hekelweg and then Spuistraat. Cover €5-8. Beer from €2. ~ Open M-Th 8pm-3am, F-Sa 8pm-4am, Su 8pm-3am. www.bitterzoet.nl
*From Centraal Station, turn right, cross the Singel, and walk down Haarlemmerstraat. Beer from €2.50. Entrees €10-18. ~ Open M-Th 3pm-1am, F 3pm-3am, Sa noon-3am, Su noon-1am. www.restaurantdulac.nl
Canal Ring West Nightlife
*Tram #13, 14, or 17 to Westermarkt. 2 blocks up Prinsengracht, on the far side. Beer fro €2.30. ~ Open M-Th 10am-1am, F-Sa 10am-2am, Su 10am-1am. Kitchen closes at 10pm.www.deprins.nl