Miranda is a beautiful little cocktail bar located in a calm side street of the 6th district.  It offers a great selection of seasonal cocktails, a combination of their own creations and interpretations of classic drinks. Designed by Tzou Lubroth Architects, the interior is a tasteful mix of pastel colors. The center piece is a huge green granite bar. Best just sit at the bar and watch the barmen mixing drinks.
Miranda Bar, Esterhazygasse 12, Vienna, Austria
Current city: Vienna
Maria Prieto Barea is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Vienna, Austria. Alongside her artistic and commercial work, Maria also co-owns three of Vienna’s best bars and recently started an illustrated cake blog (www.newcakesontheblock.com). When she needs a break from work and nightlife, she travels the world with a surf board.

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