District 7 is the fashionable part of Vienna, but you can stumble into places that don’t try so hard. One of my favorite dive bars around here is Kreisky, named after Austria's seminal social democratic Chancellor, Bruno Kreisky. It’s a grungy, graffitied-over drinking joint that’s also lively and inviting (except for its bathroom). No matter whether you order a coke-and-wine combo (“cola rot” – tastes better than it sounds) or a glass of prosecco, the bartenders won’t turn up their noses at you. Daily specials include "free shots for true tears."

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