Located on Schleifmühlgasse, the lively street in District 4 lined with art galleries and bars, Xeno is a special kind of neighborhood dive bar. This being the gallery district means that artpieces adorn the inside: a Jeff Koons-inspired lighting fixture, a Pollock-honoring abstract painting, a Fauvist contemporary piece, for example. As with any inviting drinking joint, the crowd is eclectic. The music, heavy on rock and roll, is consistently excellent.

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