I recently visited Salm Brau with some friends in October 2012. This was my 2nd trip there -- the first was in January 2002. At bot times, the experience was excellent.
First, location-wise, the Salm Brau is right next to the entrance to the Belvedere -- a large palace complex (now a museum) with beautiful gardens. I'd recommend combining a visit to Salm Brau with a visit to the Belvedere. The lower Belvedere museum is mostly medieval art (as I recall) -- nothing super. The upper Belvedere is all about the turn of the 20th century Viennese art, with one of the largest collections of Gustav Klimt works anywhere, including his masterpiece "The Kiss". The musuem is not to be missed if you are visiting Vienna. And the views from the upper Belvedere, which overlook the gardens, the inner city, and the Vienna Woods beyond, are superb.
But enough of art -- what about beer and food. Salm Brau brews its own beer. There is a dark beer, a pils, a helles and a "mixed". You can see the brewing vats in the restaurant and the beer is fresh and as good as anything you'll get in Vienna. They also serve wine and other drinks (as I recall), but if you're visiting a brewery, why wouldnt you drink beer.
There are really 3 areas to eat. In October, we ate in a little garden area which was very pleasant. As in most Germanic countries, there was table sharing, but its really no big deal. In addition, there is a large beer cellar room (vaulated ceilings, brick walls) which is quite atmospheric. Finally, there was a glassed in winter-garden type room. So you have lots of choices.
The food was basic, substantial Austrian fare. Wursts, farm and schlact (slaughter) platters -- essentially a combination of sausages and roast pork. They also had very good schnitzel and typical austrian noodle, potato pancake, and spaetzle dishes. They also offer ribs and what they call stelze -- which is essentially a pig's knee or hock -- actually very meaty. This is not gourmet fare -- but basic good-tasting food at reasonable prices. Perfect for eating along with your beers.
By all measn combine Salm Brau with a visit to the Belvedere Museum - you'll get a great combination of Austrian food, beer and culture.
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