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Think mascara is only good as make-up? Think again! The Viennese drag queen and burlesque performer, Tamara Mascara, is here to give her top tips about having a great time in Vienna.

A full-on shopping trip on Mariahilfer Strasse is an absolute must for a perfect day in the city on the Danube. “The Phil on Gumpendorferstrasse is a great place for a break: Bookstore, café and bar in one. Students and hipsters love it.

The Felixx just around the corner is a cozy place to round off your shopping spree …”

You’ll find even more tips for shopping queens here.

After dropping off the shopping bags at Tamara’s apartment and getting all dolled up, it’s time to start the evening out with dinner at the revolving Danube Tower Restaurant – fantastic 360° panorama included! “I can warmly recommend Café Berg for dinner – it’s totally gay friendly.

If you prefer things a little more refined, then drop by The Bank Brasserie.” Diners are served the finest dishes and excellent drinks in the former bank headquarters.

One of Tamara’s insider tips is Das Augustin: “Great, affordable cuisine and a cozy ambience – and the restaurant even has its own cat. What more could you want!?”

Invigorated, it’s time to continue through the still young party night – because delicious cocktails are waiting to be drunk in the imperial ambience of the Palm House in the Burggarten. “The multi-award winning barkeeper Kan Zuo also creates fine drinks for good prices in his bar The Sign Lounge.”

Those who prefer things even more convivial, before hitting the dancefloor, should – like Tamara Mascara – enjoy a hot chocolate with rum in the legendary gay café Savoy right on the Naschmarkt: “I love it.”

A flirtatious crowd should ideally pay a visit to the hip Village Bar. A tip with a wink from the scene aficionado: “This place is popular with a really large number of gay singles.”

Where else can you be out and about on the gay and lesbian scene from early to late? You can find a selection of cafés, bars and restaurants here.

After freshening up your make-up, it’s time for the highlight of the evening: The roughly quarterly Burlesque party “Imperial Madness” in Tamara’s popular Volksgarten Hall of Columns – it’s no wonder that the party girl immediately heads off to dance amongst the partygoers.

However, the DJane’s absolute favorite event is “The Circus” in the Wiener Arena: “It’s the biggest gay party in Austria with an international line-up and sparkling shows – An absolute must for every gay visitor to Vienna!”

Last stop for the party night: the Why Not. The club has been a gay fixed star in the Viennese scene firmament for an absolute eternity. “It all happens here every Friday and Saturday.” And if that’s not enough, there are all sorts of ad-hoc parties to head for. For example, the Ken Club: “The coolest pop club in the city. Drag queens at the turntables create a great atmosphere,” says the DJane, who performs here regularly herself.

Find out where it’s going down on Vienna’s gay and lesbian scene here.

You’ll find many more of the latest tips from Vienna and great prize contests at GayCityWien’s Facebook page or GayfriendlyVienna’s Facebook page. That’s something you should like …

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