I don't have words for how much I love Rupp's. If I tell you that I've now flown from London to Vienna three times (with a fourth trip planned) and a major factor in that is to hang out at Rupp's, does that begin to describe it? I'm just back home in London from this most recent trip, which included three nights in a row at Rupp's. My friend who came from London with me told me I hadn't undersold it - he was blown away too. It's just immense.
Over 900 whiskies, and all food vegetarian. This is my Hotel California - I'd never leave. Show your interest in whisky, and they'll be all over you. Rupp is there most nights, an old rocker type who started a vegetarian pub when he couldn't find one when he moved to Vienna twenty years ago, and then decided to take an interest in whisky - it's now practically a museum of the magical stuff, a fabulous booze library. Ella has worked there for a decade, she's very friendly and knows her whisky, and will help you choose whatever.
The food is good but not amazing, it's certainly second fiddle to the bar and the whisky. The schnitzels are great - particularly the baguette variant on the starters menu (which is all in English, by the way). The goulash amazed my carnivore friends, they ordered some the next night. And it's all really cheap. Even after the kitchen closes at 11pm, they'll make you a cheese toastie - including vegan if you prefer - right the way through until closing.
They also specialise in hot sauce. The Hottest Fuckin Sauce is sadly misnamed - try the Painmaker instead, though for pure insanity the 666 is beyond a joke.
If you like whisky, you'll adore it - I know nowhere better in the world - and it's excellently priced too. All the veggie fast food too is just a fantastic bonus. What a place.
Cons: It's in Vienna not on my doorstep