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 usually includes all drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
- 2020 dates: July 9-11
- 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 approaching its 5th year, the festival’s success means Liquid Market now spans three days. In fact, such is its popularity that it’s spread to another city: the first Liquid Market in Linz took place in 2019.
Another innovation that appeared last time out is an in-festival shop, so you could 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.
2020 dates and tickets
The 2020 event runs from Thursday to Saturday, July 9th to 11th. Opening hours for the public last time out were:
- Thursday (5 pm to 10 pm)
- Friday (3 pm to 10 pm)
- Saturday (3 pm to 11 pm)
Expect to buy daily tickets or festival passes in advance online via the Liquid Market website, or get 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