How do the Viennese celebrate Labor Day, May 1st? Tens of thousands attend the Socialists’ annual May Day march where Michael Häupl (Vienna’s Socialist governor and mayor) and Alfred Gusenbauer (Austria’s Chancellor) will hold forth. Others will make short excursions to the Prater or other parks. Many others will stay at home or spend their free time in restaurants and pubs.
For good ol’ May Day debauchery we recommend Flanagans, an Irish pub owned and staffed by Irish nationals. Opened in December 1996, the pub’s interiors are made of the dismantled parts of a public house in the village of Churchtown in County Cork. Interiors were transported to Vienna and reassembled. It would seem that no city is immune to the charm of an Irish pub.
Flanagans serves Irish beer and international brands to the soundtrack of televised sporting events. Lunch specials, served Monday through Friday, cost €6.50. Special kids’ meals run €5.50.
Flanagans Irish Pub is located at Schwarzenberg Strasse 1-3. Telephone: +43 (0)1 513 7378. The pub is open Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.