If supping on a selection of cocktails in the shadow of an imperial palace sounds like your kind of thing, you might like to visit the Liquid Market cocktail festival.
- Dozens of bars show off their cocktail skills
- You get to consume the results of their efforts
- Entry price includes all drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
- 2019 dates: Jul 11-13
- See also: Rum and gin festivals | Craft beer festival
The art of the cocktail
The Liquid Market cocktail festival brings together dozens of bars from Vienna, Austria and abroad in a mighty cornucopia of cocktail creativity.
That’s an awful lot of mixing, shaking and stirring. So if you’re keen to taste your way through the colours and flavours of the bartender’s art, this seems like the place to do it.
Now in it’s 4th year, the festival’s success means Liquid Market added a third day to the event. In fact, such is its popularity that it’s spread to another city: the first Liquid Market in Linz took place earlier this year.
Another innovation for 2019 is an in-festival shop, so you can buy many of the ingredients that have contributed to your Viennese cocktail experience.
The event occupies the grounds of the Volksgarten, a well-known club venue with extensive indoor and outdoor areas, perched somewhat incongruously right in the middle of Habsburg parks and 19th-century grandeur.
2019 dates and tickets
The 2019 cocktail festival takes place on Thursday to Saturday, July 11th to 13th. Opening hours for the public are:
- Thursday (5 pm to 10 pm)
- Friday (3 pm to 10 pm)
- Saturday (3 pm to 11 pm)
Buy daily tickets or festival passes in advance online via the Liquid Market website, or a daily ticket on the door (at a premium).
If tickets seem on the expensive side, note that the entry price covers all drinks, too: alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, water, coffee…
(A Saturday ticket also gets you into the after-show party.)
How to get to Liquid Market
A subway station and tram stop drop you off on the Volksgarten’s doorstep.
Subway: take the U3 to Volkstheater and leave the station in the direction of the city centre.
Tram: Take trams 1, 2, D, 71, 46 or 49 to Ring/Volkstheater and just look across the road.
Address: Volksgarten, Burgring, 1010 Vienna