Vienna does indeed have a paucity of genuine beer bars. The Kangaroo is clearly the best of a thin selection. Located five minutes from the Westbahnhof train station and the outside end of the famous Mariahilferstrasse shopping district, the place is easy to get to but not in a part of town one usually associates with drinking establishments. The Russian restaurant right next door, by the way, is quite good. The poorly lit store front of the bar is all wood and very British in appearance. The inside is more so, with lots of wood panelling, a high ceiling, simple wooden furniture and a tile floor. The front room is small and dominated by a semi-circle bar leaving enough seating for maybe thirty people. A side room to the right of the bar can seat another 20 or so. The place has a not unpleasant smell of smoked wood. The music was pop and rock, played not too loud. Only open after 6:00 p.m., there is no food service at all. It was about half full on a Saturday night in early December.
Outstanding beer selection, featuring six taps of stuff you can't otherwise find in Vienna outside of the breweries. Extra points for offering 1516 Brewing's version of Hop Devil. The bottle list is equally impressive, with 21 non-Belgian offerings heavily slanted towards hard-to-find Austrian products, and no less than 70 Belgian brews offering the full palate. The beers were served in the appropriate logo glassware and in very good shape. There was only one employee serving everyone, but she did a great job, as well as being quite knowledgeable on the stuff she was pushing. This place is definitely worth seeking out, as much for the Austrian as for the Belgian offerings.
Outstanding selection. Hundreds of beers readily available. They specialize in Belgium beers. Located right by Westbahnhoff, is not to far from major shop locations. Only complaint is that the place is a bit small. However, this is a must visit place if you are in Vienna and looking to unwind after a long day of sight seeing. Highly recommended.
Belgian is their specialty. I was hoping for some more Austrian brews. They had about 10-15 on their menu. They had about 150-200 Belgians. German, English, Dutch and Irish also made the list. Tap selection was minimal but bottle prices were so low it didn't matter.
If you are looking for a place that takes beer seriously for a price average of 3-5 euros/per beer, then you found it. They serve the beer in the brewers' specified glass. The service was very friendly. Cash only.
Visiting with my roommate Benedikt, this Belgian Style beer bar was only 4 blocks away from our flat. Easy also to take the U-4 to the Pilgramgasse (in the direction of the Hutteldorf stop), its only 2 blocks from here if going North to the Westbahnhof (is anyone reading this anyways?).
Seeing it was almost blended in with the building, the place had a golden lettered sign saying "Kanguruh" on a green wooden background. Great looking patio/porch but we ventured in to enjoy brews with other locals.
As we were sitting at a bar table, we only were given menus and then had to come up to the bar to order our drinks. I understood this greatly since there were a group of Wien Energie futbol hooligans acting a fool at the far side of the bar.
Very great list of brews! Over 100 bottles and more than 50 from Belgium alone! Couldn't beat this! I enjoyed a 10% beer from Holland and then was not sure of my second one... Wish I would have taken more notes on this place!
On my next trip to Wien, I will be updating this Review! One of the top place in Wien to grab bier, can't believe I didn't hit this place more than in the last month before I left...
I suggest this place for their beer menu! Looks as if they have some of the widest selections I had ever seen in my 6 months in Wien. Get here if you can and let me know if the food is good also!
Känguruh is by far my favorite beer bar in Vienna. Actually my favorite that I've been to in Europe if I don't count Belgium. They don't have a huge draft selection, but they have tons of bottles from all over Europe. About 80% of the beer menu is made up of Belgian. Belgian beers, Belgian beers, and more Belgian beers. The bartenders and staff are very helpful when it comes to questions about their beer. A few times they offered nice recommendations too! This is not a place to go if you are looking for food. Most of what they have is just small snacks to eat while you drink. The atmosphere was cool, it's dark inside and all the tables are lit by candles. It's probably best if you get off the U-bahn at Westbahnhof. Don't miss out on this amazing bar on your visit to Vienna!
The "exceptional selection" is exceptional for Austria. This would be about average for the US or Belgium. Nonetheless, the beers are quality, the staff (a small, young family) are quite knowledgeable, helpful, and extraordinarily welcoming. The bar is conveniently located near the Museum Quarter. There is almost no food, but what they have is fresh.
This is still, by far, my favorite bar in Vienna. If you visit the city, this is really the one must see watering hole. The only drawback, beyond not having much food, is that they have only a few Austrian beers. However, Austrian beer is not terribly good anyway, so I don't find that much of a loss.
Hidden little bar close to Westbahnhof and in a quiet little area. When you enter the bar there are about ten tables scattered around and a bar in the center that you can stand at. There is a little side room with another five or so tables. Was there on a Wednesday night and the bar was full with a projection of a football game playing. Very smoking, with probably about every table with a smoker, even the girl working the bar was smoking from time to time. This gave it a Sports Bar kind of vibe, with wasn't ideal for beer tasting. The girl working the bar was very busy, as the bar was full and she was the only one working. For the most part, I didn't have any problem ordering a beer, but I was also at the bar. She didn't seem overly concerned or attentive to me, or what I was ordering, but they used the proper glassware.
Selection was pretty good, especially for Wien. A lot of different Belgians, some Germans, and a few Austrian beers as well. Pretty good selection with the star for me being the Hop Devil made by 1512 Brewery in Wien. I didn't try any of the food, but it looked pretty much like the offering was dominated by snack foods. Reasonably priced with beers on tap being about 3 for 500 mL, German bottles about 3,50 and Belgians about 4 - 4,50.
All together it is a nice bar for Wien. It seems like when I went, it was somewhere between a Sports Bar and a "Beer" bar. Atmosphere may be a little smokey, and the waitstaff may be less beer knowledgeable than you may want, but the selection is nice. I would say if you are in Wien it is definitely worth visiting the place, especially for getting the Hop Devil. The Känguruh Bernsteintrunk is pretty nice as well.
I am still kicking myself for not having come here sooner. Place is small inside and pretty discreet from the outside. Some patio space is made up with three tables under gigantic umbrellas for outdoor seating. Apparently this place has been around for 25 years so there's no need to fear (hopefully) of this place disappearing as a trend.
I was there from 7pm to 10pm on a Monday and it was, predictably, slow. Roughly 12 customers came in but all stayed for several hours. It has a nice chill feel to it but is completely unpretentious...huge bonus in my book. Its wood decorated everywhere with a big pull down screen for the projector. They were showing a local soccer game. Candles provide almost all of the light and though it makes it a bit dark, it aids the relaxed country side pub atmosphere of the place. Its a great escape from Viennas hustle and bustle.
Menu, as commented on previously, is diverse and up to date. Staff is kind and curious. As I was asked how I found out about the place, I imagine they make an effort to know their regulars. I will certainly become one.
Prices were extremely reasonable, with draft beer going for 3,20 a 0,5L and most Belgian bottles at the set price of 4,30 a 33 cL, slightly more for lambics.
For a major European city, Vienna has a serious lack of quality beer bars. Fortunately, the addition of the Känguruh Pub is a step in the right direction. The atmosphere is near ideal, with plenty of candles and a gorgeous dark wood bar. The Getränkekarte includes seven taps with mainly Austrian beers, as well as a Belgian focused bottle list of around 50 beers; by far the best selection in the city. All beers are served in the proper glassware, although on some occasions I have found them to be a little colder than I would like. Note that Känguruh is conveniently located in the 6th district near the Westbahnhoff train station, so if you are staying in Vienna, or even just passing through, be sure to check it out.