One of the most visible and frequently showcased buildings in Graz is the Opernhaus (Opera House), Opernring (tel. 0316/8000-0; www.buehnen-graz.com. tram: 1 or 7). It's the year-round home of Graz's opera company, of which local residents are justifiably proud. The faux-baroque theater was designed "in the style of Fischer von Erlach" at the end of the 19th century. Recent performances have included Lucia de Lammermoor, Cavelleria Rusticana, Tosca, Rigoletto, and even Broadway musicals. Depending on the event and your seat, tickets are 10€ to 75€ ($16-$120).
The Bar & Club Scene
Sometimes restaurants combine dancing and nightclub shows, so you might be able to spend an entire evening at one address. The cafes often have music as well.
The area around Farbergasse-Mehlplatz is the most popular place for people from all walks of life, and the city's greatest cluster of bars and restaurants is here. Locals refer to it as their Bermuda Dreleck (Bermuda Triangle).
The city often offers some excellent jazz; but performances are not always rigidly scheduled, and certainly not every night of the week. It's best to call to find out if a jazz program is being presented at the time of your visit. Your best bet is Das Neue Wist, Mosterhofgasse 34 (tel. 0316/8366660).
One of the premier nightlife venues in Graz is contained within Casino Graz, Landhausgasse 10 (tel. 0316/832578). Set at the corner of the Schmiedgasse, in the historic core of town, the casino is housed in a modern (ca. 1984) building, its chief draw being the availability of its slot machines (daily 11am-3am) and its roulette wheels and blackjack tables (daily 3pm-3am). To enter, you'll have to be over 18 and present appropriate ID (bring your passport). Jackets and ties are usually required for men, although ties are optional June to September. Entrance is free, although you'll be offered the opportunity to buy 25€ ($40) worth of chips for the price of 23€ ($37). On the premises are a restaurant and a piano bar; within one of the building's many meeting rooms, cabaret shows are occasionally presented.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.