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A sip of the slow life in Vienna

by Catherine Walbridge

When it comes to Slow Living, the Italians can definitely teach the rest of us a thing or two...

It is no coincidence that it was an Italian activist Carlo Petrini who founded the International Slow Food movement in the 1980s, initially with the aim of defending regional traditions and food, along with a slower paced lifestyle.

Art of the Aperitivo

The aperitivo is one such tradition that has been incorporated into every Italian's life. Meeting before dinner to relax over a cocktail or glass of wine accompanied by finger food. Now the only official Bar Campari outside of Italy is demonstrating how serious it is about the preserving art of the aperitivo.

It might be located in the heart of Vienna's bustling Old Town but Bar Campari is tucked away down a side street with tables spilling out on to a sun-soaked terrace. An authentic slice of 'la dolce vita' in the centre of Austria's historic capital.

It comes as no surprise that this is the only official Bar Campari in partnership with Campari Austria. From the white-jacketed, bow-tied waiters and the classic Campari cocktails and mixed drinks to the striking interior design by Italian architect Matteo Thun, this bar is the genuine article.

Camel & Campari

But what makes it unique is the marrying of Italian culture with traditional Viennese hospitality. That bears the stamp of its owner, Viennese restaurant legend Peter Friese. He also runs the famous Zum Schwarzen Kameel (To the Black Camel) restaurant and bar just around the corner – a Viennese institution that can trace its roots back to 1618 when Johann Baptist Cameel set up a spice shop that was a play on his name.

Friese grew up working in Zum Schwarzen Kameel and is the second generation of his family to run the listed business. But the self-described "perfectionist" wanted to create a new piece of hospitality history – one that would pay homage to Italy's rich traditions in the most authentic manner.

Refusing to compromise on his vision, it took years for Friese to find the ideal site for Bar Campari and then convince Matteo Thun to come on board. Bar Campari finally came to fruition in 2019 and now, there is no better time than summer 2023 to fully appreciate the benefits of the sweet, slow Italian way of life. With a spritzer or Negroni in hand, naturally...

About Bar Campari

Bar Campari in the heart of Vienna's historic centre is the place to enjoy a genuine slice of la dolce vita. Since 2019, the only Bar Campari outside of Italy has been delighting locals and visitors alike with its striking Matteo Thun-designed interior, award-winning bartenders and charm of its host Peter Friese.

Bar Campari
Seitzergasse 6
1010 Vienna

Bar Campari

Catherine Walbridge
Catherine Walbridge
Head of International

Catherine Walbridge joined Wine+Partners in December 2022 as the agency looked to expand its international reach and English-language expertise. The London-born journalist and editor grew up in New Zealand and has worked in international media for more than 20 years. She is a former Reuters correspondent, South China Morning Post Deputy International Editor in Hong Kong and New Zealand radio program editor. Her interest in wine and food became part of her professional life when she moved to Vienna and worked at Falstaff magazine for a year.