Sometimes ‘going out’ has to include bubbles. It must be just for that reason that the Sekt Comptoir exists in Vienna. For a place that resembles a hole-in-the-wall, it’s luxurious. It attracts folk of all varieties, simply for the reason that they enjoy the drink.

Sekt is a sparkling wine and compares to the French champagne or the Italian prosecco, yet differs in a pleasant way. Not to offend connaisseurs of these fine drinks, many of these sparkling wines offer a slightly more refreshing texture — maybe because of the sugar content, or delightful wetness as it touches your tongue.

It was just about one year ago that I first visited the half-circle counter, and sampled a bottle of the 20-or-so types of Sekt (€12-18 per bottle). At that juncture, I was hooked. What got me then must have been one of the Pinot Noir Rosé selections.

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The types of Sekt here are limited to only one brand, i.e. Szigeti, which comes from the Burgenland region of Austria, on the Eastern border of the country, bordering Hungary.

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The Sekt Comptoir, Schleifmühlgasse 19