The best bars and ruin pubs in Budapest
Budapest nightlife - our recommendations for the best best places to go out in Budapest
Budapest is famous for its great nightlife. Next to a number of superb restaurants
, Budapest offers numerous trendy bars, wine-bars and beer gardens to hang out.
Another speciality of Budapest's nightlife is the growing number of 'Ruin Pubs' or 'Ruin Bars'. The story behind these very popular establishments is unique. Budapest used to have numerous old and run down buildings standing empty even in the best neighbourhoods. Pop-up bars were opened, but the lack of financial resources forced the owners to be very creative. This led to the very special style of decoration which is now regarded cool and trendy. Don't miss out on visiting these special places.
Below you will find our personal recommendations. Needless to say that we have been to all these places and had a great evening every single time. Have fun!
The best ruin pubs in Budapest
The opening of Szimpla Kert (the most famous ruin pub in Budapest) in 2002 has been literally and also symbolically a milestone in the alternative life of Budapest. Converting an old factory into a huge open-air cinema and pub, they were able to create a unique framework for hosting concerts, theatre shows and many different cultural events. The place is open from 12pm until 4am every day, so you can stop by to have a cup of coffee in the afternoon, or drink some draft beer with your friends after a long day.
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|Address ||1075 Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14. |
|Web ||Szimpla |
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|Phone ||+36-20-261-8669 |
|Opening Hours ||Mon-Sat 12.00 noon - 4.00am |
Sun 9.00am - 5.00am
Instant is truly the enchanted forest of Budapest's ruin pubs and bars. With its 26 rooms, the place is open from 4pm until 6am every day. Every room has its own unique style so we recommend to go through them all. In a place, where the room is turned upside down, and a school of fish passes above your head, anything can happen.
|Address||1065 Budapest, Nagymezo u. 38|
|Opening Hours||Mon-Sun 4pm - 6am|
Since it’s opening, Corvn Club has grown to be one of the most prominent underground clubs of Budapest. After the renovation Corvin Club's atmosphere remained the same while from the outside is completely changed into a modern ruin bar. The rooftop bar is functioning during winter time, however we suggest to bring a very warm coat with you.
|Address||1085 Budapest, Blaha L. ter 1-3|
|Opening Hours||Wed - Sat 9pm - 6am|
Anker is one of the largest beergardens in Budapest, located in Paulay Ede street. It has two courtyards and a giant projector, so you definitely won't miss any football games. Underground DJ's, slam poetry nights, so everything you'll need during a hot summer night.
|Address||1061 Budapest, Paulay Ede u. 33|
|Opening Hours||Mon-Sun 2pm - 4am|
Mika Tivadar Pub
Mika Tivadar is a Pub and also a Garden located in the city center on Kazinczy street. Superb music, excellent wines and they also serve delicious dishes from spring until autumn.
|Address||1075 Budapest, Kazinczy u. 47|
|Opening Hours||Mon-Sun 4pm-12 midnight|
Fri, Sat 4pm-5am
Fogashaz & LieblingLiebling is a lovely bar, with a hidden romantic rooftop. Usually you can hear acoustic concerts there by local bands. Liebling (and also Fogas haz) offers a variety of wines and beers, and also their meals are must try. The other part of the building is a ruin pub called Fogas Haz, where the nightlife continues with parties, people and louder music.
|Address||1073 Budapest, Akacfa u. 51|
|Opening Hours||Mon-Sun 2pm-5am|
KuplungKuplung is a former repair shop that turned into a lively ruin pub in the heart of Budapest. The place is also a concert venue so you can enjoy the live music as well. The outside area is functioning during summer and winter too.
|Address||1061 Budapest, Kiraly u. 46|
|Opening Hours||Mon-Sun 3pm-5am|
EllatoEllato Kert is a very colourful place where you feel like you're home. There is a table soccer in the garden, pictures hanging on the walls and there is also a kitchen with taco dishes and chicken.
|Address||1075 Budapest Kazinczy u. 48|
|Opening Hours||Mon-Sun 5pm-4am|
CsendesIn Csendes Letterem is probably the most unique cafe/ruin pub in Hungary. You can find Barbie dolls, a bike, a bathtub, and many more secondhand treasures on the wall, and yet the place look organised and very cosy, like you are in a surrealistic movie. The "Ovis kakao" is a must there from the giant mug, and during the night don't hesitate to try their craft beer.
|Address||1053 Budapest, Ferenczy I u. 5|
|Opening Hours||Mon-Sun 10am-2am|
The best bars in Budapest
Gozsdu udvarGozsdu udvar is a courtyard where you can find several restaurants and bars even in the early morning, and during the night. Highly recommended!
|Address||1075 Budapest, Kiraly u. 73|
|Opening Hours||Mon-Sun 0 - 24|
360 bar360 bar is a rooftop bar located on Andrassy street. The view is absolutely beautiful, especially at sunset. Reservation is recommended in advance.
|Address||1061 Budapest, Andrassy ut 39|
|Opening Hours||Sun - Wed 2pm - 12 midnight|
Thur - Sat 2pm - 2am
OtkertÖtkert: A trendy place which serves food during the day and it turns into a nightclub in the evening. It has a large dance floor and it is a popular destination especially in the summer.
|Address||1051 Budapest, Zrinyi u. 4|
|Opening Hours||Sun - Wed 11am - 12 midnight|
Thur - Sat 11 am - 5am
DobozDoboz (means "box" in Hungarian) is an abandoned building that turned into a night club. You can enjoy pieces of art courtesy of contemporary Hungarian artists, although the main attraction of Doboz is undoubtedly the King Kong sculpture hanging from a tree in the middle of the garden.
|Address||1072 Budapest, Klauzal u. 9|
|Opening Hours||Tue - Sat 5pm - 5am|
The best wine bars in Budapest
DiVino DiVino is one of the trendiest clubs in Budapest.The wine bar sells Hungarian wines exclusively, with preference given to young and upcoming Hungarian winemakers.
|Address||1051 Budapest, Szent Istvan square 3|
|Opening Hours||Mon - Sun 4pm - 2am|
Doblo Wine BarThey invite a small band for almost every day of the week and they also host wine tastings in a wonderful atmosphere. Their cheese and meat plates consists only of home-made delicacies prepared with traditional smoking, pickles from Vecsés and an old-school bread selection. Doblo is a special, friendly, honest, and receptive place.
|Address||1072 Budapest, Dob u. 20|
|Opening Hours||Mon - Sun 1pm - 2am|
Apropo Wine BarApropo is a stylish wine bar in the heart of Budapest with a high variety of Hungarian and Italian fine wine, French sparkling wine, and an excellent reform kitchen. Apropo is the place where anything can happen.
|Address||1077 Budapest, Kiraly u.39|
|Opening Hours||Mon - Sun 6pm - 2am|