My friend and I visited Akacfa Sorozo for a few drinks one evening during a visit to Budapest in January 2008.
This local pub is located on Dohany utca, right in the heart of downtown Pest.
We were looking to find a pub that was frequented by locals, rather than the usual tourist filled Irish/English bars, and this place fitted the bill perfectly.
The clientele was a mixture of locals of all ages, as well as seemingly being popular with Turks and other ethnic minorities. I would hazard a guess that we were the only tourists in there that evening.
There was little in the way of interior décor, and it was reminiscent of a canteen or a Working Men’s Club. A very old jukebox stood against one wall, a few fruit machines stood against another, next to a boxing punchbag game, and a football table that had seen better days (and lots of spilled pints!) stood next to the bar. We also stood next to the bar, in one of the few corners that wasn’t thick in cigarette smoke.
The drinks were cheap and a couple of local beers were available on draught. We paid 260 HUF (0.85 GBP) for 500ml of Arany Aszok and 320 HUF (just over 1 GBP) for 500ml of Dreher. We also took this opportunity to sample the infamous local Unicum liqueur (VTer Dabs has warned me against doing so!), and I can confirm that it is certainly an acquired taste! 4cl shots cost 400 HUF (1.35 GBP) each.
Naturally, there is a large selection of other spirits, vodkas, bottled beers and alcopops, as well as coffee and tea.
A local pub with local people and local beers in the heart of downtown Pest.
Multiroomed pub-restaurant with some rather handsome brown murals partly covering the interior walls. Quite posh, but with charmingly obstinate staff, who have their own ideas of what you should be ordering and show their disapproval when they think you get it wrong.
Good food at a very good price. If you're into wine, they also sell a very nice tokay. Open:
Mon - Sun: 11:00-23:00
Regular draught beers:
Coffee and cakes in the Hapsburg style, turns out on closer inspection to also have its own brewery. Entering from the Dorrotya Utca side, a staircase leads down into a cellar brewpub and restaurant. As well as the homebrewed pale and dark beers, there is also an extensive menu of traditional Hungarian food.
For those more interested in chocolate cake than chocolate malt, there are plenty of temptations in the café upstairs.
Regular draught beers:
Gerbeaud Világos (pale lager)
Gerbeaud Barna (dark lager)
Open:Mon - Sun: 11:30-23:00
This is simply an open-air 'pub' with some tables where young people (20-30y) meet to have a beer and talk togerther...
Nice atmosphere, I would say this could be the perfect place to meet people in Budapest....
Dress Code: Simply casual, you'll see plenty of people with short pan...
Good Irish Bar with decent beer and food. Its the place to be during Grand Prix weekend. Has Sky TV and English is spoken very well.
Popular with ex-pats, travellers & locals watching British football.
Dress Code: Informal.
You can always find an irish bar anywhere in the world, including budapest.
Becketts, is busy at weekends with ex-pats, tourists and locals. They do good food too and sell good beer! a good crowd in here!
Box Utca where we had food is also good for beer and some sporty tv.
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
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
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!!!!
If you want to enjoy live music in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere, Fat Mo's could be a good option. Jazz and blues bands take stage here usually. You can have a decent dinner as you watch the live music and after the programme you can stay as much as you like for dancing. Check out the website for the events schedule and the wide menu.
Dress Code: Casual
My friend and I visited Control Bar for a beer one afternoon during our visit to Budapest in January 2008.
This well-hidden, underground bar is located on Podmaniczky utca, close to Nyugati railway station in the northern part of Pest.
We didn’t know what to expect when we entered the bar, as there was no way to see inside from street level. A bright green door leads down a flight of stairs, and at the bottom we found a large bar with brightly coloured décor and no other customers.
The bright orange walls feature paintings of silhouetted figures dancing, playing pipes and beating drums. The furnishings consist of simple round tables and bright green stools. There is a large karaoke machine in one corner of the bar, and a TV (showing live international handball action at the time of our visit) in another corner. While we were there the jukebox was continuously playing Red Hot Chilli Peppers songs.
We paid 280 HUF (0.95 GBP) for bottles of Velkopopovicky Kozel beer.
A brightly coloured underground bar near Nyugati railway station.
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.
This very cool new place has the feel of an authentic English pub, as well as live Sky Sports and live music 4 times a week. Great CD library as well. Eclectic "pub grub" menu has everything from Thai spring rolls to pasta to Mexican tastes as well. Nice friendly spot from the guys who used to run "Nothing But The Blues" pub. Nice mix of "local" expats and Hungarian folks. Hasn't been open long enough for the tourists to find!!!
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!!
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