1516 Brewing Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

Krugerstraße 18
Wien, 1010

+ 43 1 961 1516 | map

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of aRedLetterLife
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of nickfl
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of BcCraft710
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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3.93/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of BranfordBound
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of EMV
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Quafftastic
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of olradetbalder
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of WellMixed
2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

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Photo of nloetz
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of rpopescu
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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1516 Brewing Company in Wien, Austria
Brewery rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 123 ratings