“ Schwarzenbergstr. 3, Vienna „
Flanagans, just off Schwarzenbergplatz is probably the place to watch the Six Nations Rugby at. This year they are showing every single game there live. Of course you'd be well advised to get there early. For example I arrived ten minutes late for the France-Scotland clash and couldn't get a seat. To cater for the French supporters as well as Scottish supporters they had two screens showing the coverage, with one room having the coverage in French whilst the other one had the coverage on BBC. I have also watched a great deal of football here, but Flanagans has stronger links with rugby than most Irish pubs, being the sponsors of the Vienna Celtics rugby club, and generally they tend to post a full schedule of forthcoming sport well in advance (in case you plan your weeks around it!) The beer is the usual standard assortment, with Guinness of course, although as with all places serving Guinness in Vienna there is quite a hefty premium on the price of a pint. There is table service as well as bar service and there is plenty of seating space, generally made up of tables for two to six people. There is also a bizarre kind of booth too, which stands out in the middle of the bar. The staff are courteous and helpful, with service on the whole being speedy and good. I am not sure if there is a pre-requisite of being Irish to work at Flanagans, either officially or unofficially, but all the staff I have seen there are Irish. Where this place really comes into its own is when you have cravings for a fry-up, fish and chips or a bacon buttie, as they have an extensive Irish pub grub menu. Reputedly the entire pub (the insides) was transported from Cork to Vienna although I am not quite sure if this is an urban myth, or has got truth in it. In the evenings the pub is a lively happening place, very popular with ex-pats, with the lure of live sport, and there are occasionally pub quizzes there too. When music goes on it doesn't t end to be too loud, which can sometimes be the case elsewhere. It is a good port in a storm, as you are guaranteed to find someone to chat to, and is generally open until 2am or 4am at the weekend. Best of all it is just off all the circular tram routes, making it very easy to get to. The people are very friendly, and you are guaranteed good craic here.