Budapest’s nightlife scene is pretty much ruled over by its infamous ruin bars. These are basically abandoned buildings which have been repurposed and transformed into cool, quirky, laid back drinking spots for locals and visitors to get a cheap drink in an awesome atmosphere. The bustling city also has a huge variety of normal bars to suit all tastes, and to make sure you hit the best bars from the two; Eventhuse has listed the Top 10 here.
1. Szimpla Kert
Of all the ruin bars in Budapest, Szimpla is the oldest and remains one of the best. The original little hub of cool creative innovation, hosts pop-ups, spontaneous art exhibitions, experimental culinary evenings, open mic music nights and arts and crafts fairs. And the cherry on the cake, the beers are cheap and the clientele are friendly locals with an alternative vibe.
Taking the ruin bar concept to the River Danube, A38 is housed in an out-of-service Ukrainian ship once used for carrying stones. Now the bar hosts top international DJ’s who play across the three-floors, which include a bar, club, lounge and restaurant.
For all things craft beer, head to Élesztőház where beer is brewed in house and over 15 Hungarian craft beers are served on tap. The atmosphere is similar to that of the ruin pubs, meaning its casual, laid back and the perfect hot spot for beer lovers.
4. Csendes Társ
This cosy little spot is a true hidden secret in the city and the locals love it for its laid back vibe and colourful décor. Perfect for an afternoon bevvy in the sun or a couple of pre-game drinks before a big night.
In the warmer summer months, this ruin bar is one of the best bars in Budapest for an outdoor beer in their huge beer garden. Located in an abandoned house, the bar has a simple, minimal and alternative vibe and hosts awesome DJ nights and outdoor parties.
The ultimate party bar in Budapest, Instant has 26 rooms, 7 bars, 2 gardens, 17 DJs and 7 stages, so you can’t go wrong even if you try. The atmosphere is wild and so are the revellers who frequent the place, and as for the décor? Think giant owls or pig shaped glitter balls hanging from the ceiling!
Another ruin bar that shouldn’t be missed is Fogasház, where the outdoor garden makes a perfect spot for groups on a big night out, and the labyrinth of secret bars and rooms inside, are ideal for exploring, chilling and partying the night away, ruin bar style!
8. Paris Texas
Although Paris Texas is located on one of the more upmarket bar streets in Budapest, this charming little gem is much more quaint and atmospheric than its posher and more classy neighbours.
9. Corvin Club
Located on the roof of a hideous old grey department store, this amazing venue is everything you could possibly want all rolled into one! The club plays thumping beats and the rooftop bar overlooks the capital boasting the most incredible views.
10. Zizi Bar
Is one of the latest trendy and upmarket bars to pop up around the Basilica area. The décor is super cool and design led whilst the drinks menu is sexy and stylish.
If you still think you need more help with finding Budapest’s best bars, you can come with us on an exclusive bar crawl, where our lovely local guides will show you around the endlessly diverse nightlife scene. Just head to our Budapest stag or hen activity pages and see what we have on offer!