Heurigers are a Vienna specialty: charming wine taverns in the suburbs, near the city’s famed vineyards. But what if you don't have the time or energy to trek out to Grinzing and Nussberg in Heuriger-land? You find the best alternative in the city, which is Weinstube Josefstadt. It's fun to discover this completely hidden drinking joint with a romantic, ivy-covered outdoor garden and residential houses towering over it.

While technically not a Heuriger – they don't make their own wines – the place looks and feels like one. Meatballs, roast pork belly, egg and liptauer spreads, spinach, apple, and cottage-cheese strudels are stocked in the glass display. The wines comprise local favorites: Gemischter Satz (Vienna's white), Blaufränkisch, and Zweigelt. Please note that Weinstube Josefstadt shuts down for the winter, from November until February.

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