When it comes to nightlife in Salzburg there are lots of different places to choose from, whether you're looking for a quiet place to chat, some live music or a club night.
The locals themselves like to stay at the dinner table even after they've finished their meal to have some drinks, so if you eat out in the city you'll see a lot of that. Coffee houses and cafés are also incredibly popular and a lot of them serve alcohol as well as a wide selection of hot drinks. With some of these opening until 11pm or midnight they provide a nice alternative if you're looking for a quieter evening. In the summer, it's nice to sit outside one of the many cafés throughout the city, sip a coffee or a beer and watch the world go by.
Beer gardens are quite popular here too, especially during the summer when the nights are warm and pleasant. You'll find a really popular beer garden at Die Weisse and Sudwerk. This micro-brewery makes its own beer, also called Die Weisse, and you can sit outside and sample one of the bottles or tall glasses.
Considering Salzburg's association with music, a nice way to spend an evening is to keep away from the watering holes and go to one of the many classical concerts held throughout the year across the city. If classical music isn't your thing, there are also some great rock clubs. Most notable amongst these is the Rockhouse. This live music venue hosts various local and international acts and also has its own bar.
Salzburg is a student town with three universities, so you'll find a lot of bars offering drinks or promotions. One such place is Murphy's Law, a really popular Irish bar.
Anton Neumayr Platz 2, Salzburg, Austria
A bar, club, café, restaurant and venue, the Republic has something for everyone. From its live music brunches on Sundays to club nights ranging from dance to salsa, it earns its 300,000 visitors each year. You can party inside at the funky bar areas or enjoy a drink outside under one of the many yellow, tree-like umbrellas.
Open Sun-Thurs 8am-1am, Fri/Sat 8am-4am.
Gstättengasse 33, Salzburg, Austria
This Irish bar is a very popular spot, which might have a lot to do with its happy hour every day from 7pm-8pm. During this time all beers and ciders are half price. Small and with a lively atmosphere and friendly staff, it's got tables outside too. With the bar's beer card, if you buy nine pints you get the tenth free. Jugs of sangria are available for only €10.
Open 7 days, 2pm-2am. WiFi available with purchase.
Rupertgasse 10, Salzburg, Austria
Die Wiesse and Sudwerk are part of the same building. Die Weisse is also the name of this micro-brewery's self-brewed beer. It comes in bottles or tall glasses and you can buy six bottles in the accompanying shop for €14.40. The atmosphere is lively here, with loud music, lots of conversation and a big beer garden to sit out in on warmer nights. On Fridays and Saturdays mojitos are €4.90 all night. Shots are good value too, with a kamikaze costing only €2.50.
Open Mon-Wed 5pm-2am, Thurs-Sat 5pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
Augustinergasse 46, Salzburg, Austria
This beer garden is one of Salzburg's most famous and has been on the social scene in the city since 1622. Divided between an indoor area and an outdoor 'biergarten', when full there can be anything up to 2800 people here.
Leopoldskronstraße 5-7, Salzburg, Austria
Built into the Rainberg mountain, this club really is a cave! At the weekends it is a good place to go if you enjoy dance music.
Schallmooser Hauptstrasse 46, Salzburg, Austria
For live rock music, the Rockhouse is a great place to check out when in Salzburg. Both local and international acts play gigs in this venue, which also has its own bar. With stone walls and lots of exposed piping on the ceiling, the bar's interior is dark and loud. The long bar area has a large drinks menu on the boards behind it and DJ decks set up at the back of the room.
Open Mon-Thurs 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am. Closed on Sundays.
Rudolfskai 24, Salzburg, Austria
Vis à Vis will suit those looking for a quiet evening, yet still don't want to be going to bed too early!
1 Herbert von Karajan Platz, Salzburg, Austria
Named in honour of Salzburg's most famous maestros Herbert von Karajan, this is a stylish bar with people often drinking champagne as well as beer.
Rudolfskai 12, Salzburg, Austria
The Shamrock Bar is a popular Irish bar not far from Getriedgasse. Inside it looks kind of cave-like, with stone walls and lots of nooks and crannies. There are lots of places to sit, sports on the TV and lots of high stools at the bar. Live music is played here every night from 10pm and a pool competition is held every Sunday at 9. Pints cost around €4.50 here and a larger will set you back €3.50. Shots range from €3 and many of the cocktails cost €6.
Open Mon-Sat 12pm-2am/3am/4am. Closed Sundays.
A-5071 Walzsezenheim, Salzburg, Austria
The casino is the best place to go in Salzburg if you are feeling lucky! Even though there is a cover charge, you will be given casino chips upon entering.
Neutorgasse 34, Salzburg, Austria
This tavern (Heurigen) is steeped in Salzburgian history and has been around for years. It is is full of character and always has a good atmosphere.
Schwarzstr. 3, Salzburg, Austria
When the crowds of a pub don't seem appealing, this café close to the River Salzach stays open until 11pm and presents a good alternative.
Schwarzstraße 24, Salzburg, Austria
Seating 350 people, operas, plays and ballets frequent the stage. If you are looking for some true Salzburgian culture then this is one of the city's best place to sample it.