Vienna has always had a unique position as a meeting point between the west and the east.Prince Metternich once said “the Balkans begin at the Rennweg (a large street running east out of Vienna)”, this is perhaps even more true of today’s Vienna than it was in Metternich’s time.
Established in 2005, Ost Klub has staked itself as the quintessential viennese venue, where, you guessed it, East meets West. Nestled in a side street by Schwarzenbergplatz, Ost Klub is a maze of interconnecting rooms falling over two floors, dominated by Balkan sounds fusing together with western musical styles such as ska, dub, blues and rock. Host to a series of festivals including the Balkan Fever Festival, an eclectic range of artists and guest are on regular weekly rotation.
If you want to dance up a storm, weekends are the best bet, as for a more chilled out experience there’s Monday’s piano klub, with only the top bar open. But stumble in on Tuesdays for the funk magnificent ‘Jam Session’ hosted by Big John Whitfiled, with guests performing the cooleset of cool cover tunes this side of Memphis, and where you, blessed with musical talent, may take to the stage to jam it up. Cover charges apply, but it’s worth the entry. Bring your bongos, or your best poker face for Wiener Balkan-Poker hosted on Mondays through to Wednesdays.