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If Dogs Run Free – Vienna, Austria

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Wandering down Gumpendorfer on a late, breezy afternoon, we peered into a dim doorway and a monster stared back at us!

What is this place?? Gallery, Attraction, Curiosity Shoppe, kink  Museum ??

Better then – and in its way, including all of the above – we found ourselves in a  very stylish cocktail bar!

Quite beautiful in design, by co-owners Tzou Lubroth Architects, and named after the Bob Dylan song, the bar is quite a relaxing hangout in the afternoon.  Drinks are served with style and taste in crystal vessels, finished and garnished in true mixologist fashion.

Rumor has it on weekends that place can get a bit active.  We have to check out before we comment; but if we judge by the surrounds, it could be quite the happening scene!

Across from fabled Café Sperl;  If Dogs Run Free is a nice part of an afternoon itinerary of moseying down the picturesque local Gumpendorfer Straße!

 
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If Dogs Run Free
(34) 1 – 913 2132
Gumpendorfer Straße 10;  1060 Wien, Austria
www.ifdogsrunfree.com
Open Hours:
18:30 – 2:00    Monday to Thursday
18:30 – 4:00    Friday & Saturday

Golden Gai – Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo’s Golden Gai is a Labyrinth of six narrow alleys hosting over 200 tiny bars;  some with a maximum capacity of six people!. There are a few private club/bars and most are open to public.  Do to their small size and to avoid bar-hoppers, most charge a small cover that includes  a little appetizer.  Our advice is don’t sweat the cover – you’re on vacation!

Bar Otokichi was our favorite,  a very friendly local crowd and the barman (who we think lives upstairs?)  kept up an amazing mix of rare, upbeat old jazz tracks….. and the shochu with matcha green tea is defenately worth the try!

Give yourselves an hour or two in Golden Gai before heading to the Robot Restaurant!

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Loos American Bar – Vienna, Austria

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Loos American Bar 

(formerly the Kärntner Bar)
(34) 1 – 512 3283
Kärntner Durchgang 10
1010 Wien, Austria

www.loosbar.at

Open Hours:
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.

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