If you're lucky enough to be in Kitzbühel during July or August, you can schedule your nightly promenade to coincide with the open-air concerts that begin every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8:30pm. Musicians position themselves against one edge of the Vorderstadt, whose edges are sealed off against motorized traffic. The result is an open-air all-pedestrian party with lots of folkloric and alpine overtones. Expect alpine folk music every Tuesday and Friday, and a roster of more international music (Dixieland or free-form jazz, or perhaps a New Orleans-style blues concert) every Thursday.
Even if you arrive when a concert isn't scheduled, you can always enjoy Kitzbühel's collection of nightlife and drinking options, most of which line either edge of the resort's two most central avenues, Vorderstadt and Hinterstadt. A site whose decor you might immediately recognize as inspired by 1950s America (it contains an antique car and a replica of an old-fashioned gasoline station) is Highways Pub, Im Gries 20 (tel. 05356/75350). A watering hole with a theme like that of a Victorian pub is The Londoner, Franz-Reisch-Strasse 4 (tel. 05356/71427), where old-fashioned paneling and hot music sometimes have late-night clients up and dancing on the tables. A conventional dance club, usually brimming with high-altitude energy, is Python Club, Hinterstadt 6 (tel. 05356/63001). A more glamorous address, with a more aggressive policy about screening rowdies from the lines that sometimes form on weekends, is Take Five Disco, Hinterstadt 22 (tel. 05356/71300). Here, within a mostly black and artfully lit interior, you'll find one of the biggest settings for a dance club in town.
In winter, every Thursday from 5:30pm to around 1am, the Alpenhotel Kitzbühel Annemarie Hirschhuber (tel. 05356/64254) sponsors live music that usually transforms the place into a fun and convivial dance. Admission is free at this party, held about 2km (1 1/4 miles) northwest of Kitzbühel's center, beside the lake.
Local residents who want to escape too constant a diet of evergreen music and ski-related raucousness head for the cool and quiet enclaves of Kitzbühel's most appealing piano bar, The Piano Place, in the Hotel Tennerhof, Griesenauweg 26 (tel. 05356/63181). It features live music in winter (Dec-Apr) every Wednesday to Sunday 6pm to midnight; and in summer (late June-late Aug) every Thursday to Sunday during the same hours. The music is very, very conducive to drinking. Whiskey with soda costs around 7€ ($11); beer costs 4€ ($6.40).
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