JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

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More Viennese nightlife

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With another weekend now passed, I thought I’d give some insight into more of what Vienna has to offer the night owls out there.

As I said in a previous post, I was joined by my very good friend Milos for a week (*edited to add that those who read my blog regularly know that he ended up becoming much more than just a good friend… as he’s now my awesome boyfriend, and the man I’m going to be spending the rest of my life with.  🙂 ), and we definitely needed to hit the town a few times during his stay.

I had continued my research into clubs and bars and had even done some asking around on a website forum for Ex-pats living in Vienna.  I visited a bunch of websites trying to get a feel of the different places.

Last Wednesday, we decided to check out a place called Gnadenlos – for two reasons – it had come recommended and it was a short walk from my apartment.  The place seems nice – there’s a small bar upstairs and downstairs is the club.  We first checked out the downstairs, but there was hardly anyone there.  And it was REALLY smoky.  So we went back up to the bar and chilled for a few hours drinking and talking.  We also got some recs from the bartender of other places to check out.  I feel that I can’t give a thorough review of this place based on my experience.  It was a weeknight and there was hardly anyone there.  But the basement club looked cool – like an old wine cellar in a castle or something.

Then on Saturday night, we decided to visit a club called U4.  Not only had the bartender at Gnadenlos recommended it, but a friend back home had said it was good too.  We had to take the UBahn all the way out near Schönbrunn, which is outside the city itself.  But it was going to be 80’s and 90’s night as far as the music went, and I was all up for that!  Once we got out of the UBahn stop, we didn’t know which way to go, but after asking, it turned out to be literally just down the block from the UBahn.  SO convenient.

This club was very roomy.  There was a section through a set of doors that was playing more traditional club/house music.  It seemed many of the younger club goers were headed in there.  Then there was a rather large section with a good sized bar and decent sized dance floor.  This is where the 80’s and 90’s music was playing.  We hung out at this bar for awhile drinking and dancing a little.  But eventually the music was too good to not get on the dance floor.  The selection of music was awesome.  (And yes, I even pulled out my running man move when MC Hammer came on – I’m not ashamed – haha!)

Overall, it was a great club and I would highly recommend it.  I know they have other music theme nights, but this one was just great!  And another plus side to this place – I never got too much of a smoky feel to it at all.

Sunday night, we headed to Die Fledermaus club.  It is conveniently located right in the center of the city – just off the Graben, not far from the cathedral.  The theme for the night was going to be rock music from the 60’s and 70’s, which was right up Milos’ alley, so I knew he’d like it.  We were not disappointed in this club at all.  It had a great vibe to it, and the music was great.  There were maybe a few classic rock songs that weren’t as big in the States that played, but otherwise, I knew every song.  The crowd was fun, and we had another great night out.  But a heads-up.  This place was very smoky.  My hair soaked it up and retained the smell until later the next day.

All in all, every experience gives me more insight and knowledge into this wonderful city!

Wednesday night's outfit for Gnadenlos

Wednesday night’s outfit for Gnadenlos

Jen and Milos looking stylish for U4 Saturday night!

Jen and Milos looking stylish for U4 Saturday night!

Showin' off my dance moves and U4!

Showin’ off my dance moves at U4!

Workin' the rocker chick look for Die Fledermaus

Workin’ the rocker chick look for Die Fledermaus

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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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