Venue , Services – various
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The interior of the King Georg betrays its previous life as a bar and strip club. In fact, that’s what gives it its peculiar charm. Open from Thursdays to Saturdays, the venue has a regular programme of gigs to supplement its regular bar hours, including exclusive performances by bigger-name artists who appreciate its cosy living-room atmosphere. Mention should also be made of the Thursday-night series of readings on an improvised stage – a great alternative to the rather more staid affairs staged in the city’s bookstores.
By the way, the name of the venue is pronounced the German way, Gee-ork. No one will mind if you use the English name George, but it is, quite deliberately, Georg. King Georg.
My favourite King Georg memory: A couple of years ago, Austria’s surprise hit band Wanda presented their breakthrough album Amore here at the King Georg – in way too small a space accommodating fewer than 200 people. We were packed in like sardines and most of us couldn’t even see the band, but that didn’t matter to our enthusiastic crowd as we sang along to Wanda’s hit single “1,2, 3, 4 – es ist so schön bei Dir!“, which translates loosely to “How awesome it is to be with you!” And so it was.
Here’s a video which, while of amateur quality, will give you an impression of the King Georg: