When you get to Vienna, just remember one word: Roberto. Once you’re here, you’re pretty much staying put until they tell you to leave because they’re closing, the sun’s come up, or they’re out of booze.
Roberto Pavlovic is probably the most respected barman in Vienna, branching out to open this joint mid-2014. Just steps away from the cathedral at Stephansplatz, head for the black awning with his name on it. Inside it’s all black tones and pearl chandeliers; we’re talking seriously elegant. The bottles behind the bar are nearly as hot as the bartenders, who are charming to boot. Tell them what you’re after and they’ll hit the bull’s eye every time, or just order Jamil’s Veaux Carrè (cognac, Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth, Benedictine, bitters, and lemon).
The crowd is a mix of art collectors, good times rich kids and fashion types. Despite the lack of smoking ban, Roberto likes it if you take it to the tables outside. Cosy up in the black velvet booths with an old classic in hand and some posh nibbles served in little glass boxes.