Cuenstler, located in Kornmarktplatz in Bregenz, has become a regular haunt of mine for after dinner drinks. However, this café/ bar is equally as good for sitting and sipping on a coffee and eating cake, as it is for meeting friends over a beer or wine.
Künstler means artist in German and this place doubles as a gallery space for local artists, and so you can take in some culture while you drink, and enjoy some of the exhibits they display.
The works of art are selected by the owner’s (Stephen Bolter) father, German Bolter. and if they are ever short of a few pieces, you will find pieces of work from German displayed.
Selecting pieces of art that inspire them is not as easy as you may think, as sometimes it is not simply selecting a painting and hanging it on the wall. Over the years they have had a huge mix of different displays, from covering the entire bar in newspaper, to a few running inspired themes with running shoes and Sparkasse marathon medals.
An eclectic mix of light fittings also add to the quirky vibe of this place, including some made from old instruments like trumpets and you will find the odd gnome dotted around the place.
I love the laid back and creative vibe of this place and due to its location it is the perfect spot for people watching on the Kornmarktplatz. So in Summer you can sit outside in the sunshine, or on colder days try to grab a place at the window. Which is exactly what I did recently. Taking a break from working from home I set up shop here to get some blogging done fuelled by a cup of their amazing coffee (beans sourced from Kaffeebohne in Dornbirn). They have a selection of delicious homemade cakes to choose from baked by the owner and his Mum (this really is a family business at its best). If coffee is not your poison, then have no fear they have a huge selection of teas to choose from as well. They offer a few snack/ small sized dishes and have daily newspapers and monthly magazines available to read, plus free Wi-Fi for customers and so you can really make yourself at home and unwind.
If you are after something a little bit stronger they have a good selection of beer, cocktails (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), a whole array of spirits and a small but good quality selection of wines on offer. I really enjoy the wine they have on offer and have had many a good night losing track of time here and before we knew it they were shutting.
In the evenings your drinks will be served to you accompanied by a small bowl of nuts and wasabi peas (just don’t get the two mixed up).
They offer table service and so you can just pull up a chair and relax and be rest assured that your glass will not stay empty for long.
This place is non-smoking, quite a rarity here and be aware that it can get quite busy on a Saturday night at around ten o’clock when the Theatre across the square finishes.