Loos American Bar

For fans of architecture, the Loos Bar is a must while in Vienna. Adolf Loos, one of the first modern architects in history, famously outraged the Habsburg Court with his Looshaus (1910-12), a department store with a provocatively simple facade located right across the home of the royal couple. With the American Bar (1907), hidden on a downtown side street off Kärntner Straße, Loos used expensive marble, mahogany, and alabaster fittings. The cocktail bar is tiny, the impact is striking. The crowd is usually heavy on tourists and scoring one of the few precious seats is nearly impossible, but a visit is worth it for a peek at least.

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