I love the fifth district. In my mind this is the beating heart of the city and translates to me most eloquently exactly what Vienna is all about.
The fifth district seems to me to be the one of the trendiest places in Vienna, and diverse. Some parts 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, smoke hanging in the air and a low rumble of chatter from the clientéle. You do, however, get the impression that this place is 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 certainly one. 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 a 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.