1516 Brewing Company

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

Krugerstraße 18
Wien, 1010

+ 43 1 961 1516 | map

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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

2.41/5  rDev -38.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2

This place looks awesome and shows reasonable beers but at a price - the service is awful and the selection available is like what you can see in Central European contries who take beer on a conservative way - it's terribly poor. 4 to 7 beers, always the same recipes, repeated all over again. If only the rotating references were good enough to stop innovating, but not. There's tons of room for improvement.

Jun 13, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Really cool place, looks like an old pub in old Vienna, first floor was packed, crazy due to the world cup game, and tons of smokers. But the second floor is the quiet little mecca, cool posters, old brick and wood building, paintings etc.
They have 10 beers, all their own, and the three I had were really good, and the waitress brought a free sample of their shandy for my wife, and it's one of the only beers she's ever actually liked. However she wanted a sweet wine drink, so our waitress made a special drink and she loved it.
Speaking of, one if the nicest and friendliest people we've ever met, our waitress, Natalie. Great recommendations, great personality, very friendly. The food was also very good, we got the wings which came with a side of potato wedges, and a garlic cream sauce that was awesome.

Make sure you go up to the bar on the second floor!!!

Jul 30, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

1516 Brewing Company is a smallish brewpub that's kind of a blend of an American and English pub that's really unlike anything else around. They seem to have a strong local following, and that's understandable as it's quite comfortable, and fairly charming.

The beers are all unfiltered, and of good quality, and there are 6 or so to choose from. Nothing I've had has knocked me out, but neither have they disappointed, and the food follows that rule. American items like burgers, hot wings, and BBQ pork seem to be a big thing here, but they do other dishes as well: Schnitzel, Spaetzle, Wursts, Goulash, etc. Price-wise I feel that both the beer and food are reasonable.

I will say that it was one of the most friendly places I visited in Wien, and therefore it gets big points for that. I normally prefer to find places that are unlike what I already know, but it was a pleasant change from the stiff service and distant, or non-existsnt, comradery I found amongst other pub goers at most places. Worth a stop.

Feb 01, 2017
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nickfl from Florida

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This is an interesting find right in the heart of the tourist area, about a 5 min walk from the art museums. Very much in the style of an American brewpub and they pretty accurately achieved that vibe. The food menu is fairly extensive and the couple of appetizers we tried were excellent. The beer selection is extraordinarily large and diverse for this part of Europe, with 8-10 house brews featuring traditional German and Austrian styles as well as several American style hoppy ales and stouts. The hoppy brews were a good effort, but would never pass in the U.S., the European styles and more malty brews were all quite nice though. By far the most impressive was a barrel aged Mexican chocolate imperial stout that was well executed (if a bit dryer than most such big, adjunct stouts in the U.S. tend to be) and would be at home in any modern craft breweries repertoire. It is clearly an uphill fight to sell no traditional beer in this part of the world, but these guys clearly represent a growing desire for innovation amount the younger beer drinking public and are really very much worth checking out if you find yourself in the heart of old Vienna.

Nov 07, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Went there yesterday after finding it in the search results for Wien. Turns out this place was down the street from our hotel, so going here was a no-brainer. Really buzzing place in the old city, a lot of young people enjoying brews, the inside was loud so we sat outside. Our service was very prompt (which is odd for Europe), and our waitress was Canadian so there were no language issues. Had three beers here which were all quite tasty and above average for Austrian beer. Had weißwurst and pretzel with mustard for dinner, which was spectacular. Would recommend.

Jul 28, 2015
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

We hit 1516 Brewing Company twice while visiting Vienna and had a great time both nights. It's a pretty popular place... right downtown, and they brew several very good beers. My favorite was their take on Victory's 'Hop Devil', and I was stunned to see it on the menu (being from Downingtown and all). I guess the guy that brews for Victory came over to Austria... hit it off with these guys, and shared recipes. So... 'Victory's hop devil brewed with water from the Alps'? Yes please. The food was good, with a mixture of Austrian stuff (schnitzels, spaetzles) and more american style stuff. We stuck with the Austrian food and had 2 very solid meals. Service was fast/friendly, and the beer was well above average. Would definitely come here again/recommend.

Apr 26, 2015
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WellMixed from Spain

2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

The beer is ok, but the food (I had the daily special) wasn't that satisfying. It was food that had been heated several times. I pity as the place is close to the center and the place is nice. the waiter was very helpful though giving us directions to the museum we wanted to go afterwards.

May 29, 2013
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nloetz from Austria

3.16/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Normal prices for the first district in Vienna. They try really hard to brew inventive and experimental beers, but I've never been 100% impressed by what they serve. It feels like a good effort, but the beers are still quite out of balance. The food is good enough American fare and the staff are usually very friendly.

Around the corner from this bar is Stadtbrauerei Schwarzenberg. It's well worth a bar hop to this place if you're drinking at 1516.

EDIT: I have to go back and change the 'service' score to a two now because of a bad experience we had last night. We had been drinking and snacking at a table for a while, when our waitress asked us to stand up and move to the bar because someone else wanted to eat at the table. They didn't have a reservation or anything, they just wanted our table. There was really no comfortable place at the bar, so basically we just had to go home. The whole thing felt really crappy.

I'm starting to think that I really just don't like this place.

Apr 23, 2013
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rpopescu from Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This place is great value for money. Simple honest Austrian food - like pork ham, sausage and sauerkraut, baby back ribs, steaks and soups - and even American inspired dishes like wings and hamburgers. It's not gourmet but will do the job just right, without ever reminding you of fast food fare.

And the beers - especially the Hop Devil, made with American hops and recipe - are great! The beer is brewed on-site, and you can see copper stills and piping all behind the bar, and bags of grain and other ingrediends about.
Overall the place looks like a cool rock'n'roll wood/brown cafe, quite large (two floors) but dimly lit so it's intimate as well (it even has a few separé's). It's definitely not a german beer-hall. The location is great, very central and close to the Stephanplatz shopping areas, but quiet.

Highly recommended if you're in Vienna.

Nov 20, 2012
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AllThingsNinja from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Never have I shifted between elAtion and disapointment as quickly as I did between reading 1516s menu and ordering my first beer. The brewpub markets history and tradition, with a modern flair and offered stylistically interesting Nelson Sauvin and Saphir siingle hopped beers. Of course, they were out. Th availablee weizen and the hoppy blond lager were delights. I wound down from a crazy work week whil sitting in their al fresco seats and watched the world go by. The pub interior was nice and wooden. I dug it but needed some air.

Jun 15, 2012
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Kavon from Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

1516 is a short walk from the Stephensplatz and Oper U-bahn stops. It's a great place to grab some quality beers and have lunch/dinner. Most of the times I was there was when soccer or other sports were on. This is an awesome place to watch sports because there are TVs everywhere and its packed with people. The bartenders are very nice and helpful. The ones I talked to definitely knew a lot about the beers. Their beers are tasty, but it was really cool to hear the story about Hop Devil and have it on tap in Vienna! Don't worry, its just as delicious there.

Feb 07, 2011
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thepeter from England

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This was by far my favorite place to drink in Vienna. Pretty nice place, large but cozy, nice looking bar and a decent amount of outside seating. the beers were solid. Traditional lagers but also different styles from around the world. I think they 5-6 different beers on tap besides their year round lagers. Had a Victory Hop Devil made with New Zealand hops which I thought was pretty cool. The food was pretty good, nothing really special but certainly decent. Service was a bit slow but that was fine. In a great location as well, easy to stop off to or from some non beer culture. So it's not as good as places in other cities but it is the best place I went to in Vienna

Jan 10, 2011
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davidfortunato from Germany

2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

This place is not great. The beer they brew is not bad (for Austrian standards, I would not drink this in the US, Belgium, Denmark, etc) and there is good selection of it, but the bar is smokey to the point of annoyance, the food is a little expensive but not very good, and the service isn't great even by Austrian standards.

The best part about this place is the beer, which, again, is decent by Austrian standards. The problem is that they specialize in American style beers (this is a very, very fast growing trend in Europe; I was amazed by how much respect American brewers get in the European beer community), but do not pull them off nearly as well as Americans.

If you want a sub par Austrian version of an American brew pub, Siebensternbräu Haus is a better all around experience. If you just want really good beer, go to Känguruh.

Jan 09, 2011
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sunrisesolara from Austria

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A very respected place, tucked away in the heart of the 1st district, this is well worth the effort of finding it. Our visit was late on a Friday afternoon, but we were immediately taken to a seat near the bar and the service was excellent. There were elements of American and British culture scattered throughout and we were actually greeted in English. The menus are bilingual, with English being the main script and the German translation below, which I find a nice touch.
We started with the House Lager, which was quite reminecent of Augustiner Bräu Hell. Then we moved on to sample several of their other brews, which are available in .1L glasses. Their Eejit's Foreign Extra Stout was quite memorable, as well as the Victory Hop Devil IPA.
As for the problem with smoking, I believe that most of Vienna has imposed a smoking ban. I did not notice anyone smoking, nor did I notice any smoke. However, A/C will probably still be scarce.
Overall, a very nice place and I have no qualms in recommending it.

May 08, 2010
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RedBeerchetta from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My ratings are in relation to other brewpubs I've been to in the world, but for Vienna this is THE place to go. It's much better than Siebensbrau (T Stern Brau)- higher quality beer, better food and more social. I would have given a 5 for atmosphere but they still allow smoking in bars in Vienna and this place, like most other places I visited, was disgustingly smoky. Grow up, Austria!

Not sure who owns this place but s/he has been to America. Menu has several American items on it, and when i was there close to Thanksgiving the dinner special was a traditional Thanksgiving dinner except they had goose instead of Turkey. Also, on tap they had Hop Devil IPA that was brewed in the brewpub by Victory's brewmaster who was a recent guest. Very cool. It actually tasted more like an imperial IPA to me.

Also on tap was a quinoa weissbier, a smoked porter, authentic dunkel, a pilzner and a couple other brews.

Nice selection of locally made sausages on the menu also.

Dec 05, 2009
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damjadi from Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A very large and eclectic selection of house beers (for Europe). The beer menu was excellent, not just describing the beer ingredients but also the influences. The Hop Devil collaboration (or influenced) IPA was amazing and better than I remember the original tasting. We tried a number of the others and all were exceptional (and I am hard to impress after living in San Diego and the Seattle area).

I was there during a soccer game and the place was packed and very smoky. The servers were overworked and the setup made it difficult to get to our table. When they did make it over, they were very knowledgeable and helpful.

The food was pretty good (although as a vegetarian my selections were limited).

I am looking forward to my next trip to Vienna and a stop at 1516.

Nov 11, 2009
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Dogbrick from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This brewpub is located toward the south end of Vienna off of Krugerstraße near the Stadtpark. Not too terribly far from the subway so it is accessible from the Danube port. There is parking on the street immediately in front of the building as well.

There was a soccer game going on during our visit so the inside was absolutely packed with smoking patrons with no air conditioning. The brewpub is two levels with a bar on each. The lower level bar has a large chalkboard showing what beers are on tap, and there are high tables for seating. The rest of the place has table seating, and there is a patio out front, which is where we ended up.

The beer selection is decent. They have around 6 available and they seem to be more of an American influence than German/Austrian. Amber, Stout, IPA etc. The beers were slightly above average. We didn't try the Hop Devil because we assumed it was a guest tap...what are the odds?

Service was about what we expected for the region, coupled with the place being overflowed with raucus soccer fans. Our beers arrived fairly quickly once we were finally noticed and our check came shortly after we were able to get the server's attention to ask for it.

We did not try any food on this visit.

Overall I enjoyed the experience and beer at 7 Stern more than at 1516, which seemed to have much more of a touristy feel. Still I would try to visit here again when it was less hectic to enjoy their beers in a more relaxed environment.

Apr 28, 2009
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Nickls from District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

(From notes)

I have to say that this was my favorite place while visiting Vienna. I am aware that it is probably the closest approximation to a US-style brewpub in the city, but that is definitely not the basis for my glowing review.

In short, the beers are pretty damn good. Even the more traditional styles that I sampled were put together quite well, and I went in several time during my visit as a result.

The atmosphere is pretty chill, and was able to relax and enjoy all times that I went in. The dark wood driven interior with some of the shininess/shiny fixtures of a modern brewpub really worked quite well. Never had a hard time finding a seat, though it did get quite crowded on a couple of occasions.

Service was quick enough and had no complaints. The only drawback is that the servers seemed to have no clue about the brews, and luckily a menu with solid descriptions helped fill in the blanks. Didn't visit the seating area upstairs, but the bar area provided all that I would have wanted anyway.

Food was definitely pub grub, but stepped up a notch and was pretty good. Not outlandish in terms of price on food or beer. A must stop in Vienna.

Apr 23, 2009
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Talisker from California

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

I visited 1516 Brewing Company half a dozen times over as many days in Vienna in April 2009. Always sat at the bar, ordered food only once (Wienerschnitzel - edible), so no commentary on the table service or output of the kitchen (which serves until 2am every night - a rarity in Vienna). Very conveniently located in the First District not too far from the Opera.

Basically this is an American-style brewpub in Vienna. Which is mostly a good thing. The beer lineup and beers themselves are quite "American" - in that they span all sorts of styles and are brewed with a healthy amount of hops. Looks like about six beers on tap at any given time. I liked the Pilsener and the Quinoa Wheat the best, though everything I had was more than respectable (including the Victory Hop Devil, which they brew here with Victory's blessing). No Vienna lagers or other "local" styles on their tap list, though it looks like they bottle a Vienna lager than I didn't try.

The staff and clientele also skew heavily American (and I think Irish). Regardless of nationality, English is the language of trade here - I rarely heard a word of German spoken, even (especially) among the staff.

Speaking of which, service at the bar is none too speedy, regardless of how busy the place is. I saw lots of people getting antsy for their checks, sitting for long periods of time with empty glasses in front of them, all while the staff did cleanup or talked amongst each other. And when I tried to start up a conversation with the manager (in German), he was totally uninterested, started texting on his mobile phone.

But the inside is charming - if you go during the day, you might get the wonderful smell of beer being brewed (the kettles are right in the restaurant). And this is the only place within many, many miles that you'll find craft beer of the quality and variety we've become used to in the US. Slightly above average by SF Bay Area standards, but an oasis in the desert of generally anonymous Austrian macro-beer.

(Side note: unlike some Vienna brewpubs, 1516 Brewing allows smoking. I don't love that, but I don't mind - didn't factor into my score.)

Apr 10, 2009
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maestrotmbg from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I had a great time here. I agree that this is the place in Vienna for the American BA. English is the language of choice in there - the bartender was Irish and I was sitting between a Canadian and a Briton. If (when!) you get tired of this town's great selection of synonymous light lagers, you will almost surely find yourself here. The brewers are as creative and aggressive with their ingredients as any I've found in American brewpubs. Any brewer willing to use backyard hops is ok in my book. Especially when the beer turns out so good.

Highly recommended.

Mar 26, 2009
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DaveFL1976 from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

let's get to the point quickly:

Go Here.

This is a quality brewpub near the heart of the tourist district. The beer is exceptional and fairly priced. The HopDevel clone tasted just like I remember its Pennsylvanian cousin. A true beauty of a beer. The rest of the beer list has some creative concoctions. How about a wild hop pale ale brewed with hops growing wildly in the brewmaster's parents' backyard? Or a wheat beer brewed with cascade hops? These guys are some experimental brewers, and their products are tasty.

The food looked and smelled good, but the beer shined above pretty much every other beer we had in Vienna.

I'll finish with:

Go Here.

Dec 17, 2008
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allboutbierge from Austria

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

My girlfriend lives just 20 minutes or so away in the third district so I'm constantly voting for 1516 when the question of 'where to go' comes up...but alas a wine spritzer drinker, she usually wants to go elsewhere.

The service at 1516 is hit or miss. Sometimes service is prompt and friendly and sometimes glasses stay empty far too long. The selection is extensive for a European brewpub (4-6 offerings) and what Ive had is solid. Ive seen many English speaking customers treated friendly, no differently than German speaking customers.

Prices are agreeable for so busy a local in the inner city, and especially so considering the quality.

Dec 17, 2007
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Globetrotter from Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I first discovered this place about five years ago when I was in Vienna for a conference. I've been back numerous times since moving here in July. I held off on doing a review until I could gain some perspective on where this sits relative to other places in town. After 3+ months and quite a bit of research, I can state with confidence: this is the best beer location in central Vienna, and may well be the best place in the entire city. You MUST come here.

Great location halfway between the opera and the Stadtpark, the place is always full. Standard English pub decor inside, with a high ceiling, tile floor, high tables and chairs along the windows and the bar running the full length of the room. The brew kettles are on display behind the bar and to the right. There is a larger room with tables and boothes upstairs. All of the furniture is heavy dark wood. Lots of native English-speaking expats work here, but the service varies widely - mainly due to being understaffed.

The beers are peerless. They have one staple lager always available, then six other rotating or special releases. The specials tend to be on the hoppy side, but are uniformly outstanding. Nice array of styles, too, from light and dark wheat to IPA to stout to Irish red to the incomparable "Big Balls Wedding Bells Lager" (which I failed to review despite several tastings - my bad - before they ran out when I was ready to do the review). Whatever the brew, though, hops play a prominent role. They even brew their own version (under license, of course) of Victory's Hop Devil. And a mighty fine rendition it is, too. (They were also out of that when I went there ready to review. Doh!) The beers are always fresh, always served well in the appropriate logo glassware. In addition to their own brews on tap, they offer two bottles, one of which is also their own. My one and only quibble about the place is the need to keep the beer list up to date. It's bad enough to find out that Hop Devil and Big Balls are no longer available, but it is cruel and inhuman punishment to leave them on the menu to taunt and tempt us. That notwithstanding, this is a truly great establishment worthy of the best BA's patronage. If you don't come here while in Vienna, you haven't been to Vienna.

Oct 14, 2006
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RocketWidget from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place is pretty easy to find, it's in the center of Vienna. A very nice decor, with a very nice bar area, some tables, and of course, the giant copper vats are right at the bar. Cozy. Unfortunately I didn't try the food there, I didn't have time for a meal. But....

The beer is GREAT. I didn't have paper to take notes, so sadly I can't review the beer, so I'm compensating with the beerfly review. It seemed that they had a changing menu, but usually three special beers and a house lager. The menu includes detailed descriptions of the beer on the back, a very nice touch. I had a pale ale that was quite good, and a chocolate wheat which was fabulous. Service was good and the menu seemed adequate, but all I know is, when I go back to Vienna I will most definitely be re-visiting 1516, solely for the beer. And hopefully I will remember to bring paper and pen!

Dec 02, 2003
1516 Brewing Company in Wien, Austria
Brewery rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 134 ratings