Above Photo © Tom Bland
Loos American Bar
(formerly the Kärntner Bar)
(34) 1 – 512 3283
Kärntner Durchgang 10
1010 Wien, Austria
12:00 – 5:00 Thursday to Saturday
12:00 – 4:00 Sunday to Wednesday
Miniscule but grand, intimate yet expansive, Loos Bar American plays on an optical trick of parallel mirrors endlessly reflecting the onyx balustrades and reddish Skyros marble of the high ceiling. The actual bar is only 4.45m (14′) wide by 6.15 (20′) long
This dark, alluring, smoke filled bar, designed in 1908 by Adolf Loos, is a must for architecture lovers and drinkers alike.
The venerable bar is not very easy to find in the warmer months as the sign is lost in a flock of giant parasols, and the outside tables are overlay branded with modern mundane logos; not deserving of this aesthetic jewel that is Loos Bar American.
The “American Bar” is an original nod to its original concept – being an American style cocktail bar in this city of Coffee Houses. Keep an eye out to the back wall, where there is a portrate of writer Peter Altenberg; close friend of Adolf Loos.