It’s too bad that this atmosphere somehow gets lost if you’re exclusively surrounded by tables full of tourist groups, who are urgently trying to experience bliss because in 30 minutes their bus will be waiting and the next group will be driven in. And somehow you doubt you’re in a traditional, rustic wine-tavern when you get the menu written in English or Japanese. Well, that might happen in Grinzing.
If you seek an original atmosphere I propose Stammersdorf. It’s quite similar to Grinzing, but instead of tourists you’ll find local people. The prices are much more reasonable and the musicians are more inclined to sing what they can play best and not just what tourists expect them to perform.
You’ll find the highest density of Heurigen in Stammersdorfer Straße. Also a must: Vienna’s official, most beautiful Kellergasse (wine-cellar street). There the Mailüfterl (Viennese May breeze) in May and the Stürmische Tage (stormy days) in October take place. “Stormy days” is actually related to the fermented grape-juice called “Sturm” on its way to become wine. It’s essential you try it! (But if you imbibe too much of it, you will experience a storm in your stomach.)