This is a great pub for live music in Budapest. Since the concept is pub and restaurant, there are many tables available for dining around the small stage. Many good Hungarian bands take stage in this warm pub from 8 pm till 11 pm. Blues, rock and jazz from various artists both in English and Hungarian. During the live performance, you can either enjoy your meal if you have already made your reservation or stay in the bar side to watch the band. After the live music, the place turns into a disco until the early morning. Prices are reasonable and very beautiful lady bartenders add more joy to the atmosphere. Air conditioning is not enough around dance floor especially when it becomes really crowded after midnight. Both weekdays and weekends you can enjoy this place.
Dress Code: Casual
At first i didn't knew where my friend was bringing me. Almost hidden out of the known tracks were this pub. "let's just go for a beer" she said. Entering i was like a tipical pub, but after i folowed the music and on the down floor there was a party on ;) everybody dancing ;) You can also find their calendar for 2007 featuring the girls working there....no comment on that, you can find yourself ;)
Dress Code: normaly dressed
I wanted to check every theme for this hotspot on the Pest side of the city! We started wandering around and checking out "real" old man pubs, (because that's where you get to see and meet the people of the city), and The Old Man's came highly recommended by a bouncer with a pony tail. As with most pubs in Budapest, this one is also located in an old cellar. We had no idea what we were in for!
When we arrived, people were finishing their dinners and a live band was playing. We found a little spot in the corner and reveled in the newsprint covered ceilings for a while. After a few shots of Palinka and giant glasses of beer, the dance music started. Then I discovered that there was a whole 'nother disco on the floor below us. We "people watched" the meat-market action for hours ... and it seemed that there were people from all over the world hanging out.
Old Man's is eclectic enough to please everyone. We're not huge "disco" fans, but we really enjoyed all the options that came with drinking at this fine establishment. Food, live music and dancing with festive folks from everwhere!!! I will definately go back.
Dress Code: Anything you want! It's hot down there, so you may want to wear something light under your coat!
the pub is friendly place which appears to be frequented by both locals and tourists. it has live music at weekends and is great fun. the walls are covered with notes and messages left by past visitors.
Dress Code: none
Please do not go to Fatmo's pub, in Budapest. Once they realize that you are foreigner, they ripp you off!!! You end up paying much more than the local folks, and top of it the bartenders don't give the right change back...of course they give less!! Be careful, they like doing this with tourists!!!!
Szoda is a definetely must go if you visit Budapest.
Great atmosphere. Age 22-30, everybody are really friendly - it's open during the day and the evening.
Offering snacks, beer, cocktails.
Also a place where except locals also lot of foraigners go,
so you'll adapt very fast
Dress Code: Casual
Drinking tents are a huge assest and bonus of Budapest just because they are everywhere. It is hard to deny that they are fun since you can have a huge pint and watch the locals walk by near the Danube river. Some of my favorite moments of Hungary were spent in these tents speaking to the young people about education and their future. It is a great environment to loosen up and meet local people. Ask your hostel where the locals go because I tried to avoid the beer tents that foreigners frequented. I had a blast in Budapest.
Opposite the new market hall, there is a pub called "For Sale". We discovered it while taking night photos in the streets. We followed the music coming from the pub and then entered the pub. There was a live local music that attracted all of us and made us stop taking more photo at that night.
It is a small country-style pub that you can see local people and tourists together.
Dress Code: no special dress required
In Budapest, "Castro" was our favourite pub with its student crowd and cheap beer. It is almost local pub in the university region.
In our last night, we tried "palinka", traditional Hungarian drink. I can say I extremely love it! I guess it is stronger than tequila! There are different types of palinka, but you should try the grape with honey!
Dress Code: There is no dress code, however to be in comfortable / sport dress is better!
in budapest you can really enjoy a bohemian atmoshere in numerous pubs.
just go there have drink, feel comfortable and enjoy your time.
my favourites are : szimpla, szimpla kert and tripla (you can find more info about them in the rest of my nighlife tips)
Dress Code: casual
Right across the Market Hall there is a pub called For Sale. It's a very interesting place to visit. When you open the door, you see peanut shells and straw on the floor. If you look up, you see business cards and notes from tourists on the ceiling. If you happen to be hungry, that's ok. You can eat a gigantic Wiener Schnitzel (escalope of veal) there :) Oh boy, I'd love to go there soon!!
This Irish cellar-Pub is a good one. Nice service, normal prices and a good atmosphere. There are nice table-mats. The cafe is always crowded with young people in the age of 20-40. Don't forget to walk along the National Museum across the street when leaving.
Live music on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays.
Dress Code: there is no dresscode
This was a great find at 3.30am a pub with live music. It had straw on the floors and the ceilings were crowded with messages and calling cards people had stuck up. the beer was good the music was OK - a two piece guitar combo - the locals were very enthusiatic!
Dress Code: anything
A little hard to find but very good place to go. When I went i took in some live music, and had a little to much palinka to remember much else. Since acording to my father I didn't get in till around 04:00 I guess I had a good time.
Despite its name this is a really lively bar, with live music jazz and blues until 11pm and disco after that ( disco is the term for a nightclub if you ask for a nightclub in budapest be prepared to find yourself at a stripjoint )
the bar is large and easy to move around and they usually have an impressive lineup of musicians both local and international.
well worth a visit
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