The Shaky Hands

Weinhaus Sittl, 2010

The Gürtel-area around live clubs such as Chelsea, Rhiz and B72 is frequented quite a lot by us when we are looking for locations to film. Surprisingly, however, we so far never ended up at Weinhaus Sittl, a charmingly down-to-earth restaurant serving Austrian dishes accompanied by good wine, situated just across the street from Rhiz, where The Shaky Hands are playing a show in November. We take them to the courtyard of Weinhaus Sittl, a cosy, leaves-lined outdoor dining area with huge trees in the middle of the surrounding houses. The four-piece band from Portland sets up their gear in the dark, until the waitress from the restaurant comes out and switches the lights on. Now the scenery is ready for singer Nicholas’ characteristic voice and the 60s-influenced, sunny-with-a-melancholic-side indie rock of The Shaky Hands, who start into inspired, semi-acoustic renditions of “Caught In The Storm” and “Already Gone” from their recent album “Let It Die”.

Michael Luger
Sound Recording
Matthias Leihs
Post production
Michael Luger

Weinhaus Sittl

Surrounded by red-light bars, music venues and the busy Gürtel road, Weinhaus Sittl is an oasis of the typical, traditional Vienna. The interior hasn’t been changed for decades, and the same seems to be true for the people visiting the rustic restaurant. Time stands still at Sittl and you can easily imagine what it was like in the 19th century, when the restaurant was situated in the suburb Neulerchenfeld, then a popular destination for the Viennese to enjoy a day off. Even at that time the 1740-founded Sittl was the oldest of over 100 restaurants of the area. It has certainly kept its charm until nowadays and is a traditional place well worth exploring. Classic Austrian dishes such as Schnitzel and – for those who like it – offals including brain with egg and roasted liver are generally good value. In the backyard a huge, shady tree is the center of an atmospheric outdoor dining area. From time to time cultural events are happing at „Pelikanstüberl“, the back room of the restaurant. But Weinhaus Sittl tell its own tale every day, even if there are no special events scheduled.