Just around the corner from the 1516 Brewing Company is the Stadtbrauerei Schwarzenberg. It's a more traditional place, but it's also a little bit playful, and charming and cozy. They even have a bin of toys for kids.
They offer 4 beers (helles, dunkles, weizen, honey ale) and a radler and "black & tan". I've sampled them all, and enjoyed each one. There are also some bottles available, but nothing of any interests.
The food is fairly limited but good, and includes classics such as garlic soup (€4.50), Wienerschnitzel (€16.90-or pork or chicken versions for €12.60), Goulash (€11.90), and Pork or Chicken Cordon Bleu (€13.20); and there are burgers and sandwiches for those less adventurous.
I should also note that a trip to the bathroom is almost required. It's interesting, and you'll also get a glimpse of the brewery. Entertaining!
A block or two from 1516, so you could hit both in one night.
The decor was quite eccentric, and a refreshing change from the standard Austrian beerhall. There are mannequins in the toilet watching you pee. The brewery itself is inside the bar and beautiful to look at with all of it's shiny, shiny stainless steal.
The wife and I both had the pumpkin goulash and it didn't disappoint. She is vegetarian and was very happy with the offerings on the menu. It included traditional foods, but also had a few more creative dishes.
The beers included the standard 3 Austrian taps and a honey ale. I was surprised at how well it was done. Much better than something like Honey Brown or those other mass commercial offerings that you can find in the states.
A very traditional feel to the place, and the decor is definitely more like a visit to a lodge in the Austrian Alps rather than Inner City Vienna. Not a new generation feel to the place.
That being said, I found it pretty charming. There were barely any other patrons in the place. Not sure what the afterwork time period entails for the Viennese, but this place was definitely not crowded during the maddest time for most bars in other parts of the world. Wasn't a detractor for me, and allowed me to peacefully enjoy a couple of their brews.
Their beer is definitely traditional and way more than solid. They had four offerings of theirs on tap when I visited, and really didn't check out any guest bottle offerings.
Watching the brewmaster lugging his ingredients between the various brewing areas definitely added to the unique experience here. Very solid place, and I would definitely visit again.
Like the other reviews mention, this is no 1516, and I can see why it might have a hard time taking traffic away from there. However, it is more than worth a visit.
My wife and I visited the pub on a cold November night and were glad we did. Upon entering the pub, you're greeted with the smell of mashing barley. It's amazing how well the barley covers up the smell of cigarette smoke.
The pub has a ski-lodge sort of feel with large overhangs of dark wood. On the way to the bathrooms you pass the brew system, which appears to be modern and well-kept.
The beer itself was of great quality. I had the winterbock (a seasonal). The beer was tasty and clean. We didn't eat at the pub, but the food did look and smell good as it passed by. If you're in Vienna, I'd definitely recommend stopping by. it was my second-favorite pub. Second only to 1516.
Located in the southwest corner of the heart of Vienna, about halfway between the opera and the city park. Wood streetfront with a nice hanging sign invites the patron to pass the big Irish pub on the corner and come on in. Once through the door, you see the brewkettles on the left and the bar and seating area to the right. Stairs between the brewkettles lead to more seats upstairs. Lots of medium-colored wood here, both in the bar and the furniture. The place looks like a comfortable, traditional central European hangout. And that's what it is. The sound system was quiet. The service was very attentive and quick with the beers once ordered. The menu was typical Austrian fare at a decent price. The place was pretty much empty on a Thursday at 1:00 p.m.
Four taps: helles, dunkles, weizen and a rotating beer of the month. IPA had the honors when I was there. All of the beers were served in handled, straight-walled mugs and were in very good shape: right temperature, fresh, well-poured with nice heads. The IPA was well but not extremely hopped, quite tasty. The Dunkles was more of the Munich than the Vienna styles - also OK with me. The helles was solid.
This place is quite good, but they have a hard time drawing customers from the 1516 Brewing Company just around the corner. I'd suggest coming here first for a couple rounds, then heading over to 1516. In any event, if in the area, this place is worth a stop.