K√§rntner Stra√üe 19-7th Fl., 1010 Vienna Tel: + 53 513 17 12-25. Credit Cards: American Express, Dinersclub, Master/Eurocard, Visa
Music: Jazz, Pop, Salsa, Samba. ‚Äě
The Sky Bar has, to give it its due, one of the finest views in Vienna. Situtated on K√§rntner Stra√üe around 100 metres from the Stephansdom, it is on the eighth floor, with access via two lifts, the first of which goes up the front side of the Dom Gil/Amadeus department store and then after a 25 metre walk, the second lift takes you up to the Sky Bar and Barbaro's Italian Restaurant. The Sky Bar has got a reputation for being really little more than a place to be seen, with poor service and sniffy staff. I have been several times, during the day, during the evening, and last thing at night. By day the place is very quiet save for a few Viennese housewives, in for a coffee, and wanting to be seen, or for a few of the "It Girls" frantically writing an overdue submission for their degree. The lavout possibly makes the Sky Bar just as suited for going for a coffee and for going for cocktails. By day the view is great, but better by night. The continuous sweeping glass window running the length of the bar gives you a view towards the Stephansdom, and you can clearly make out its intricate tiled roof. There is a terrace, although this generally tends to be shut most of the year round. The bar is not ever anywhere near approaching busy during the day, although the staff would like you to think that it was. In the evening, the place has a supposedly strict dress-code, with a cloakroom service. Even though the bouncer refused me entry one time for wearing jeans, I was able to walk in after a shrug, although the bar staff harangued me about not having given my coat to the cloakroom. Considering the dresscode that was apparently enforced, people weren't that smartly dressed - there were lots of people wearing jeans and jacket (foul Austrian penchant - yuk!!!). There was live music - the grating crooning of a second rate piano (synthesised) and guitarist, although mercifully it was at least barely audible. The service wa
s to say the least not acceptable. The barstaff chuck the contents together willy-nilly, showing a blatant disregard for the art of cocktail making (and no I don't mean chucking bottles around Cocktail style!) A long island iced tea can vary in constituent parts greatly from one rendering to the next. The one exception are the Strawberry Daiquiris which are very good indeed. The prices are on the high side, with a lacklustre Long Island Ice Tea costing ATS130 (¬£6.50), and the Daiquiris are ATS110 (¬£5.50) with other drinks falling between these prices. Where the Sky Bar really did manage to unimpress was in that I asked to pay for my drinks as I wanted to leave the bar to make a phone-call, showing respect for others and not wanting to use my mobile when generally people don't in there. I paid my bill and said to the others I was with that I would wait downstairs. When they came down five minutes later, they said that they had been asked to "cough up for their friend who had left without paying". I immediately went back to the bar, and even though a mistake had been made by them, there was no apology. My letter to the manager is currently awaiting a reply. The other time I have been to the Sky Bar, was at ca. 1:30am on a Sunday night, since the Sky Bar is open late, until 4 am daily. It was quiet, and the staff clearly couldn't be bothered to give anything closely resembling service with a smile, although they did at least not act in such an uppity way about the dress code. Overall I do not think much of the Sky Bar. It reeks of pretention and a faux pretention at that. The service is slow and septic and I find it hard to recommend for anything other than the view, and the fact that mobile phones don't tend to be ringing every five seconds.