I love the fifth district. In my mind, this is really the heart of the city, and translates most eloquently exactly what Vienna is about. I didn’t know the city very well when I first moved here, but by chance I ended up moving to the area. In fact, I lived just around the corner from Rupp’s, but only discovered it recently by chance.
The fifth district seems to me to be the epitome of what Vienna represents; some areas are grand, old and twisting, others more gritty and working class. The fact that Rupp’s is on Arbeitergasse (worker’s lane) is an irony, and walking in for the first time, you’re confronted with a rather dingy milieu, with smoke hanging in the air and a low rumble of chatter from the clientele. You do get the impression that this place is, however, warm and inviting.
I’m a big fan of places that seem to be reserved solely for locals, out of reach of tourists, and this is one such place. There’s beer on tap, typical Austrian fare on the menu, wines and spirits. But what really sets Rupp’s apart from other ‘lokale’ in the area is the frankly astonishing selection of whiskeys on show. It’s genuinely staggering, without doubt the most extensive I have ever seen.
This is the sort of place to see out a long evening with friends, and definitely the sort of place you won’t leave sober. Especially if whiskey is your tipple of choice.