Vienna cocktail bar Krypt is hidden in ‘lost’ 18th-century cellar

Vienna’s Krypt cocktail bar takes over a newly discovered 18th-century cellar, which was once used as a subterranean speakeasy.

The space came to light during renovations on the surrounding building – located on the city’s Berggasse, in the
Alsergrund district – which uncovered a bricked up staircase concealing a basement area.

Local architecture firm Büro KLK overhauled the 250 sq m subterranean space, adding marble flooring and painting ventilation pipes gold to contrast the original brick archways and walls.

An unassuming narrow door leads down to the basement, which is accessed via a floating staircase and features a 7-metre-long bar, covered in walnut.