Schikaneder is beloved by alternative partygoers in Vienna. It’s a very popular venue indeed; in fact, it would be better described as a Viennese institution.
Nestled in the 4th district close to the heart of the city, this venue is always teeming with people and it is easy to see why. The laid-back atmosphere and chic/shabby interior (fashionably unrestored) attracts crowds of bearded/schick/skinny-jeaned people. The range of beers – all reasonably priced by Vienna’s standards – is impressive. I’d recommend a bottle of the Kozel or a pint of the Starobrno. You can’t go very wrong with Czech beer.
The Schikaneder is actually one of the oldest independent cinemas in Vienna, having existed since 1906. Like its sister venue, the Top Kino, the floor space is divided between a cinema and a bar-cum-dancefloor. Films are often shown in the original language with German subtitles. On Sundays you can watch the popular German series Tatort for free, which is great if you speak the lingo. You can become a member; up to 6 visits to the cinema for free, and subsequent tickets are available at concessional rates. This is also valid for Top Kino.
The dancefloor is filled with regularity, owing to DJs and their electronically based sets. It’s loud and it’s smoky – Vienna is by no means a cigarette-free city – yet it’s one of those places which defines Viennese nightlife.