History

The phrase is thought to come from an old Scottish proverb of the 16th century, but is now more commonly associated with
the phrase "when pigs fly" – a figure of speech which describes an impossibility. There are many referances to this phrase in popular culture such as: The Pik Floyd 'Animals' cover and flim of Battersea Power Station, a 1996 musical When Pigs Fly, In The Simpsons episode, "Lisa the Vegetarian" and also in numerous bars, busineses, marathons, travel agencies, in fact the symbolism is everywhere and more pigs are flying all the time! In Vienna you may see symbols of flying pigs on the roof of a hut at Karlsplatz Christmas Market or the headstone of a doorway building over one of the oldest establisments in Hoher Markt in the first district. It's commonly used as a symbol for drinking establishments as the longer the night goes on, and the merryment continues, the stories other people might tell you, could make you say the exact phrase "Yeah, when pigs fly!"

The original 'Flying Pig International Pub' opened in Vienna early in 2005 on Liectenstein Str. 31. It was set up by a musician and an actress and built within the walls of an old discoteque, providing Asian Karaoke, fine local and international live music, Dj's, sports events and parties, it made quite a stirr.

Previously the bar was a kind of unnoficial bordello called 'Karabic' club tendering to the needs of the Eastern European community especially during the war in the old Yugoslavia. The features, seating and general atmosphere was kept including the dance pole, yes we had some fun :)

Before that, the bar was named 'Bar Lonely'. These were different times. The local children used to come inbetween classes who attended the local 'Lycee Francais, Institut Francais de Vienne' drink a cola and have a game of table football.

The pictures on the left are from just after the great war in Europe. The picture (Fig.1) shows the house where this pub was. At the time a liquer store for the area. The shop area was about half the size with a store in the back. Amazingly this is the house where the new business partner also grew up. His grandmother is hanging out of the window waving whilst his grandfather takes the photograph.

(Fig. 2) shows a street view with horse and cart. The old tram lines can be clearly seen as too the roof of Liectenstein Palace. If you look at the buildings today, nothing much has really changed, except for the amount of motor cars on the street heading for the motorway at rush hour, although the buildings in this area maintain their original characteristics.

The last picture (Fig.3) shows a close up of the doorway many people have walked through to the old establishment, probably taken five or ten years before the previous photograph (Fig. 2).

So back to the present....... . .
The new location Kirchbergasse 7 on Spittelberg was basically closed for about ten years except for Christmas time where 'The best award winning punch in Vienna' was served. It was opened for the first time in about 1902, was always a center for trading and retains much of the original characteristics from that period. We have aimed to carefully renovate and add charminging period features to give it a flair and a classic atmosphere second to none on the pub scene in Vienna. And for the future?

Well this is up to you.......... . . . . . when pigs fly!

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