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Another "kert" style bar, similar to Szimpla Kert, but more central, and amazingly, more grotty. Like Szimpla, it's a former apartment block, in the traditional Hungarian court style. All the apartment have been haphazardly converted into drinking rooms, which overlook a wide courtyard.
Chairs and tables are crooked, paint peels from graffiti strewn walls, and strange old Hungarian women mysteriously appear to help you through the slightly confusing pathways, as if they were leftover from the club's former days as an apartment block.
The atmosphere is warm and relaxed, the clientelle are friendly and chilled, and the music fits the mood perfectly. Just as an example, the laid back notes of Air's Moon Safari was the first song I heard flowing from the somewhat overpowered speakers.
If you like your bars bohemian, then this is a great option. It's much more centrally located than similar bars, just a stone's throw from the Oktagon. Most other places like this are located out in the wilder District VIII.
Dress Code: Relaxed
Updated Feb 27, 2013
Address: Nagymező utca 38
We stumbled upon this little pub as we were looking for a place to unwind after another fantastic day in Budapest. It had a cosy atmosphere, both inside and outside on the sidewalk terrace, with a candle burning on each table. The drink list was pretty extensive, which gave me a chance to try another nice Hungarian beer (Arany Ászok), and if you haven't already done so it's a good place to go to try palinka since they have a really good selection. Another small detail is that most patrons were locals, which added to the authenticity of the place. A nice, relaxing place to go, I'd even say romantic too!
Dress Code: Casual
Updated Nov 3, 2012
Address: 1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 5
Phone: 36 1 267 0261
The nightlife, especially in the summer is not something to be left out and neither is the Danube panorama by night.
The meeting point for the boat is the Danube Palace in the downtown area, they request that guests be there by 22:30 and the hostess escorts you to the boat, that leaves at 23:00. The cruise is an hour and a half long and there's music and dancing (on other days they have drinking games)
The ticket includes a welcome drink (however, I must note that additional drinks come at very reasonable prices), but the nightime view of Budapest from the Danube is totally worth it. It was great to kicsk back with an ice cold drink after a long day of sightseeing and just enjoy the lovely view of the city.
After the cruise they take you to a club, we went to the A38, but other nights they go to Holdudvar on Margaret Island.
All in all, a nice evening in a breathtaking city:)
Dress Code: none
Written Sep 16, 2012
Address: 1051 Zrinyi Street 5.
Phone: +36 1 317 1377 ; +36 1 317 2754
The Voros Pipacs (Red Poppy) Bar is nightclub in the centre of Budapest. We were there in August 2011, and we loose much money on this trip.
A girl invited us into the Bar and when we sat down, they served us the first drink however we didn't ask it. They said that we must buy the first drink and after it we will get free beers for 2 hours. However that free beers story wasn't true, we had to pay 5000 HUF ($20) for the first drink per person!
And after this welcome drink some gilrs appeared and they started to dance to us without saying any words. And the one of them ordered two bottles of champagne, however we didn't ask it again. We had to pay 45000 HUF/each, so it cost us 90000 HUF, cca. $360.
When he wanted to leave this place, a bouncer appeared and walked with me to the nearest ATM machine, where I had to withdraw money from my credit card and I paid our bill.
It was a very strange trip, and we felt threatened ourselves all night.
Dress Code: There is no dress code.
Written May 26, 2012
Address: Wesselényi utca 44-48, 1077 Budapest
Phone: +36 20 598 9856
On the way to Inga's Budapest home, we droped at Tesco mall coz Zdenka was very VERY thursty, and take a look what she is baying, a dozen of beers. On cash-box the lady stared at Zdenka so I had to pretend am not with her.
Updated Dec 20, 2011
Doblo Wine Bar is a nicely decorated, elegant place where you can enjoy quality wines with various appetizers. You can't enjoy quality for free so be prepared to pay a handsome bill for the wines you taste. The snack platters are good enough to accompany the wines. The music and the relaxing ambiance is a perfect combination for enjoying various wines offered by Doblo. If you are not on a tight budget, you can try here for sure.
Dress Code: Smart casual
Written Oct 17, 2011
Address: Dob utca 20. Budapest
Phone: +36 20 398 8863
Szimpla has impressed me with its design in my first visit. The place has different rooms designed in various concepts where you can enjoy your drinks and snacks according to your mood. I have found some sections very comfortable and relaxing. For action seekers, the main patio is the most dynamic spot. The prices are very reasonable and the customer profile is international. For a night out, Szimpla should certainly be one of your options.
Dress Code: Casual
Written Oct 17, 2011
Address: 1073 Kazinczy u. 14, VII. ker. Budapest
Unique and very interesting place and a night-life must-see in Budapest! Live music sometimes. Bar downstairs and restaurant on first floor.
The ceilings and walls are full with Business Cards, pieces of paper with messages and personal information of visitors; receipts, tickets, photos, everything.
It makes the place and atmosphere really warm. There are bowls with free peanuts standing around.
Food is also great and simple. Love this place.
Must see !!
Dress Code: no dress code required
Written Sep 9, 2011
Address: 1053 Budapest, Vámház körút 2,
When I first arrived in Budapest in 2008, West Balkan was the place to go, part of a growing trend in the city for cool drinking dives in crummy old turn-of-the-century courtyard apartment blocks, like Szimpla Kert, and more recently, Instant. The taxi driver who took me for my first visit to Szimpla Kert described it as a bomb site, and my arrival at West Balkan was similar: It was literally a building site. Almost overnight the coolest bar in town had become a square mile of rubble.
Over a year later West Balkan re-emerged, this time on the other side of town, and in the sparkling glass office buildings of Skala, overlooking Nyugati Ter. The new venture is picking up pace, but it's got a lot to compete with now since it last was trading. They've got some interesting acts lined up, and my first visit was to see old-time ambient dub transnationals, Banco de Gaia. Lots of noise, a friendly mixed crowd, and a lot of smoke. But that's Budapest.
Dress Code: Relaxed. Black is popular.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Nyugati Ter 1-2
"Which Szimpla?" asked the taxi driver. "The one that looks like a bomb site from the outside?"
"Yep, that's the one."
Szimpla Kert isn't for everyone. It's certainly not for people who only like chart music and want to sit in plush seats drinking expensive wine. Szimpla Kert sits on the edge of the Nyocker, Budapest's roughest district, a stone throw from the infamous Blaha Luja Ter. It isn't scary, though. It's just different. It's a relaxed bohemian place with ecclectic music and people. Expect to hear electro-gypsy fusion. Don't expect Ultravox.
It gets very busy on weekends, but it's a big place with plenty of places to sit. It's not really a night club for dancing, but there is a DJ. It's set in an classic old Hungarian style apartment block, and is separated into courtyards and rooms. Each room has its own style, and you can find all kinds of interesting things, like old telephone boxes and chopped up Trabants that you can sit in.
This has quickly become probably our favourite drinking hole.
Dress Code: Relaxed.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Kazinczy utca 14
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