It’s the kingdom of ruin pubs! Budapest’s nightlife scene is full of character. Here’s a bit of everything: small and local, old-school charm, DJs, ruin pubs and…a boat!
Csendes Társ is one of the most adorable bars we’ve seen in a very long time. Situated right next to Károlyi-kert, Csendes Társ is a beautiful corner of local love. It’s small, with lots of outdoor picnic tables and chairs, the menu offers hundreds of wines and simple dishes. We highly recommend the lollipop drink (light sparkling red wine). Ambiance is casual yet romantic, perfect for any traveler to have a drink or two, kicking off an amazing night!
Innio Borbár is a wine bar with a rustic yet relaxed setting and an emphasis on wines from all five continents. “Inni jó!” means “drinking is good” in Hungarian, a fun take on the name of the bar. Located in downtown Budapest, this one is high on our list for you to spend a fun night wine tasting with your friends.
Ráday avenue can be perceived as a bit pretentious, but Paris Texas is a charming surprise amid the reputation of an overpriced neighborhood. The walls and interior decor speak of an old world allure, full of photographs, antiques and collectibles. There’s Pink Cadillac right next door where we highly recommend for some delicious pizza, then head to Paris Texas for a few delightful cocktails.
Szimpla Kert has been labeled as one of the most popular ruin pubs in the city, it attracts both locals and international young travelers. Ruin pubs, pop-art galleries are huge parts of Budapest’s post-Communism culture. It’s a must-do during your visit to check out an exhibition, a photography or art show at a ruin pub such as this one. Culture, great drinks and awesomely cool people…you just can’t beat that!
Budapest is famously knowm for its vibrant party scene, but one of the best places to grab a drink, have some food, listen to international DJs spinning irresistible beats is: A38. Make sure to get there early so you don’t get stuck in a line. A38 sits on the gorgeous Danube and it used to be an Ukrainian stone-carrier. It’s now one of the hottest spots in Budapest with three floors: a roof terrace, a restaurant, a lounge and a club. The music (which spans from pop, rock, alternative, jazz, electro to progressive) is as expansive as its drink menu that offers beers, wines and special cocktails!
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Butterflies, rabbits, owls, neon lights, disco balls…all make Instant one of the hottest ruined pubs/night clubs in Budapest…instantly! It features an always up-to-date repertoire of current DJs and sets itself as the city’s music trendsetter. The crowd is both local and international in this gigantic space with multiple rooms that showcase different activities: foosball, pinball, dance, bar, lounge. It’s open until 6am daily and a must-go for a crazy night in this crazier city.