JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

My impressions of Viennese night life so far….

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So I went out the last two nights to start getting a feel for what kind of fun Vienna had to offer at night.  I tried out two different clubs and had two very different experiences.

Since I’m a nerd, I started it all with research.  Google was my friend and I found many sites that listed and reviewed clubs and bars.  I really love to dance, so I wanted to find places where I could get out there and dance the night away.  I kept seeing the same names of places over and over again, and checked out the actual websites of the different clubs too, to find out what kind of events were going on.

Friday night, I went out to the Scotch Club on the Parkring.  It had a bar on the main floor (very cool decor) and a dance floor/bar area downstairs.  It was set up in a nice way – low lighting, cozy seating areas, and a small but nice dance floor.  Being the silly American, I got there pretty early in the evening (a little before 11pm.)  But I went here because there would be dancing AND ladies were free to get in before midnight.  (I like free.)  But when I got downstairs, there was no dancing going on.  There weren’t a lot of people there at all.   I had the chance to chat with the bartender who gave me the inside scoop on some stuff.  Turns out, that the clubs (including this one) don’t really start picking up until 1am.  I decided I was there and looking good, so I’d wait it out.  I also asked him for recs for other places to go.

Eventually, I did notice that there were a couple of ladies dancing, and I decided it was time to do the same.  (Plus, I wanted to escape from the pudgy dude at the bar who was starting to hit on me.)  After a few minutes of dancing with these two other women, more people started to fill the floor.  This was probably around 1:30am.  In the next half hour, more and more people started to pour in, and more started dancing.  I liked this place, as there were people of all ages just having fun drinking and dancing.  They played your usual mainstream club music.  I stayed until around 4:45am, having danced the whole time with no breaks.  I had some drinks bought for me, and had a fabulous time.  I got back to my apartment after 5am, very tired, but feeling great!

Then Saturday night, I decided to head out to another club.  I decided to go to the Museums Quartier, as there were several clubs there in the same general area.  The first place I went was Cafe Leopold.  I had seen on their website that they were scheduled to have swing music and brazilian music, which sounded super fun.  But when I got there, there was a HUGE line to get into the place.  And I sort of felt over-dressed.  Everyone seemed more casual.  I decided to head over and try either Passage or Volksgarten, as both were recommended not only online, but also by the bartender the night before.  I made my way over to the entrance to Passage, and decided to try it out, just for the reason that it was the first of the two places that I got to.  There was a line, but not very long, so I figured, what the hell, let’s give it a go.  There was a 13 Euro cover to get into this one.   Once I got in, I noticed it was pretty much the same kind of music as the place the night before.  (Good dance music.)  But the ambiance was very different.  This place seemed pretty overrun with college age kids.  There were a few exceptions to that, but not many.  Plus, everyone was hanging out in cliques of people they knew.  Which made it very hard for someone going solo to feel as welcome.  (Again, that aspect was very different from the night before.  Everyone seemed much more welcoming at the other club.)  The place was really big with a few bars and lots of tables, couches, and chairs along the walls.  There were also little random tables spread throughout the dance floor – tall ones that you stand next to.  But overall, it was a very open type large room.  I think I might have stayed for an hour.  I danced, but just didn’t feel as comfortable at this place. I won’t be trying it again.

So I think I still want to try Volksgarten and see what that’s all about.  Plus there’s a place called Die Fledermaus, which the bartender said was more of an underground club, but maybe that might be fun for something different.  We’ll see.

I do enjoy getting dressed up and going out though.  That alone is super fun!

Here are my outfits for the two nights I went:

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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