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Vienna Media News 07/2012 Summer canalside

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Although there are quite a few interesting bars and restaurants open for business on the Danube Canal year round, it's not until the weather gets warmer that this part of town truly comes to life. When the sun is shining and the outdoor bars and restaurants have created their artificial sandy beaches and the deckchairs are all lined up, it's finally time for a holiday in the heart of the city. Located in the center of Vienna, the Danube Canal has steadily grown into one of the capital's most exciting gastro and party hotspots over the past few years. The strictly car-free quayside sets the perfect scene for barhopping and the views of the water add a hint of Caribbean charm.

An exciting new addition to the canalside party scene is Grelle Forelle. Close to the Spittelau U4 underground station, this two-floor club is a hotbed of house, techno, and strictly non-mainstream minimalist beats as well as international DJ sounds. Grelle Forelle is open every Friday and Saturday all year round. Highlights include a sound system commissioned especially for the club as well as lighting provided by Vienna-based visual artist collective, Neon Golden. In summer partygoers can savor the fresh air from the comfort of the new terrace. Summer Stage, next to the Rossauer Lände U4 underground station, is an old hand on the canal - this idyllic waterside restaurant opened its doors for business in the mid-1990s. The food kiosks on the upper level of the quayside offer delicacies and specialty beverages from some of the world's leading culinary nations. Sport lovers can also try their hand at petanque and beach volleyball.

A few minutes' walk downstream is Flex. This legendary club has acres of outdoor seating in summer. Meanwhile, a bit further on, Motto am Fluss combines excellent food with great views of the water at the Schiffsstation Wien boat terminal. Moored nearby, Badeschiff, like Motto am Fluss is open all year round. This unique pool boat is home to another restaurant, Holy Moly!, which is the proud owner of two Gault Millau toques. As soon as it's warm enough the pool opens and sun worshippers flock to the decks. Down below, turntablists spin the wheels of steel at Badeschiff's Laderaum club, while the Fest.Land.Bar is the place for BBQ treats and great summer drinks. Next to the Urania observatory, Strandbar Herrmann gets the open-air season underway with beach grade sand, deckchairs, a well-stocked bar and hot sounds. From June 8, 2012 UEFA World Cup soccer games will be shown live here on a giant screen.

The pace of life on the left bank is slightly more sedate, but there are still plenty of bars lining this side of the Danube Canal. The historic Otto Wagner-designed Schützenhaus has a loyal following thanks to its dishes from the days of the monarchy, a wine bar and outdoor seating on the banks of the canal. A sandy beach, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes await discovery at the ultra-hip and happening Tel Aviv Beach a few meters farther on. At Adria Wien, next to the Salztorbrücke bridge, patrons will find great views of the water, deckchairs, a barbecue and a bar inside a glass pavilion.

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