Budapest Bar and Lounge Guide
Budapest has gone through what some like to call an urban Trendification in recent years with abandoned buildings taking centre stage as the coolest places to go out and drink. Don’t worry you won’t find yourself downing shots in a creepy derelict cobweb ridden junk yard, these are Ruin Bars and they have taken Budapest’s nightlife scene by storm making it an awesome place for a cheap and alternative stag or hen destination. Come and see for yourselves.
Budapest is famous for its Ruin Bars and Szimpla is one of the city’s best. Making the most of the global fascination for all things pop-up, the bar hosts temporary and often spontaneous art exhibitions, experimental culinary evenings, open mic music nights and arts and crafts fairs. The décor is quirky and alternative with old bicycles hanging from the roof and the clientele is as local as they come.
When to go: Late afternoon to enjoy the place in daylight.
What to Drink: Local beers
Address: Kazinczy utca 14
Whether you choose to sit inside in the cute and charmingly decorated bar itself, or across the street at the outdoor seating area at the entrance to the park, this colourful little local secret has great food and an excellent wine list.
When to go: Early evening for a great start to your stag or hen night
What to Drink: Sparkling rosé wine
Address: Magyar St 18
With 26 rooms, 7 bars, 2 gardens, 17 DJ’s and 7 stages, Instant is by far the biggest Ruin Bar in Budapest. The bar is like an enchanted labyrinth of fun and debauchery with trees growing up through the middle of rooms, giant owls or pig shaped glitter balls hanging from the ceiling. This place will guarantee an awesome night out for any stag or hen do in Budapest.
When to go: Arrive late and explore till dawn
What to Drink: Vodka tonics to keep the hangover at bay
Address: Nagymező utca 38
Located inside an out-of-service Ukrainian ship once used for carrying stones, A38 now floats serenely on the river Danube waiting for fun young passengers to come aboard and party the night away to the top international DJ’s that come to spin there. The three-floor vessel houses a bar, club, lounge and restaurant so makes a perfect option for stag and hen weekends.
When to go: Arrive around 10 to miss the queues for entrance
What to Drink: Choose from the enormous selection of Hungarian palinka.
Address: Petőfi bridge, Buda
More of a quality wine and cheese platter kind of a place, Innio is a good idea for a stag or hen night looking for some delicious food and some wine tasting. Don’t come here looking for body shots and table dancers.
When to go: Come for a nice meal before a big night out
What to Drink: Choose from the excellent a varied wine menu or indulge in Champagne
Address: Október 6. utca 9
Located in what is otherwise known as something of a posh neighbourhood, Paris Texas is a charmingly quaint little bar full of antiques and yellowing photographs.
When to go: Come for a nightcap before heading home
What to Drink: Whisky on the rocks
Address: Ráday u. 22
Corvinteto is everything a stag or hen do in Budapest could possibly want all rolled into one amazing rooftop venue overlooking the centre of the capital. It’s a club, a bar, a live concert venue and an outdoor cinema and its easily where all the coolest young locals can be found hanging out and having fun.
When to go: Go to watch the sunset over the rooftops
What to Drink: body shots and jaeger bombs
Address: Blaha Lujza tér 1
Although Karavan is more a street food haven of deliciousness then an actual bar, we would highly recommend that any stag or hen weekend in Budapest include a beer to wash down the fabulous, dirt cheap epicurean delights that Karavan has in store.
When to go: A lunchtime snack
What to Drink: A pint of Staropramen
Address: Kazinczy utca 18
Brody Studios is a wild bohemian events venue which hosts top DJ nights, cocktail tasting evenings and a whole smorgasbord of other temptingly eccentric options that are enough to make any stag or hen do in Budapest eternally memorable.
When to go: Early evening to catch a show
What to Drink: cocktails made by world-class Mixologists
Address: Vörösmarty utca 38
With brightly coloured graffiti murals adorning the walls and festival-esque wooden picnic tables and benches, Tebolykertrom is not a fancy place but what it lacks in luxury and opulence, it more than makes up for in vibrant atmosphere, fun and good vibes. Take your pick from the wide variety of cards or board games to make your stag or hen weekend even better.
When to go: At the beginning of the night to set the tone of fun
What to Drink: Make mine a cheap local lager in a plastic cup
Address: Klauzál utca 15