Bars in Both Buda & Pest!
As we’ve mentioned above, the one attraction that brings in party groups from all over Europe and the rest of the world is Budapest’s Ruin bars. Built into abandoned buildings said to date back to the early 2000s, a host of city centre buildings now house some of the most unique and interesting drinking spots in the city. If you and the girls want to check out some of these world-renowned venues, then why not see them for yourselves with a fully-guided famous ruins bar crawl?
With so many late-night venues dotted across the city centre, you and the girls won’t be stuck for choice when it comes to finding the perfect bar to relax in with a few cheeky cocktails! One of the first places we think you should head to is Boutiq Bar, situated just a stones’ throw away from Elizabeth Square (Erzsébet tér). Voted as being the best cocktail bar in Hungary on multiple occasions, Boutiq Bar has become somewhat of a legend in the Budapest bar scene and is definitely worth checking out to see what all the fuss is.
Probably one of the most beautiful-looking bars in the whole city, Szimpla Kert is a symbol and a hub for the alternative side to living in Budapest. Once a large factory unit, this venue has opened its own open-air cinema alongside the bar and hosts regular cultural events throughout the year. The venue’s cocktail bar has a huge variety of originally crafted cocktails and a very tasty wine list, making this the perfect place to stop off and enjoy some culture whilst sipping on a cocktail or two.
For an all-day venue that is both fantastic for food during the day and partying at night is BB’z Bar & Grill. Open every day of the week and staying open until the very early hours each weekend, this multi-purpose hotspot is great for a chilled drink with lunch, dinner, a pre-night out meal or somewhere that you and the girls can spend your entire evening dancing the night away!
If you girls happen to be visiting Budapest during the summer months, then it’s a no-brainer to head up to High Note SkyBar for a few drinks in the sunshine! Sitting high above the streets right in the heart of the city, the panoramic views from this rooftop drinking spot gives visitors unbelievable views of the neighbouring St. Stephen’s Basilica. No matter if you stop by for just one round or you spend a few hours at this bar, it’s one that shouldn’t be missed.
Known for being one of the more laid-back and relaxed bars in this lively city, Kisüzem describes itself perfectly as a “low-key neighbourhood watering hole”, situated at the heart of the city’s historic Jewish Quarter. This particular bar likes to showcase different pieces of artwork on its walls throughout the year and is a massively popular hotspot for students at the nearby Central European University. Not only is this a great place to grab a bite to eat during the day and a few drinks at night, but this bar also hosts live music performances every week, so there’s never a bad time to stop by!
Another massively popular bar in the immediate city centre area that you girls should pay a visit to is Tuk Tuk Bar on Paulay Ede Street. A hidden gem tucked away in the bustling heart of Budapest, this small yet mighty bar has earned itself a reputation not only for its fantastic atmosphere but the original cocktails they make here. Packed full of character and a warm & welcoming place to enjoy a drink with the girls, this late-night venue is a no-brainer if you’re looking to try some of the best cocktails in the entire city!
Nightclubs in Budapest
Unlike what you might be used to in the UK, Budapest and many other party cities across Europe keep the party going a little bit longer than we do! With most nightclubs closing between 5 and 7 O’clock in the morning and so much choice when it comes to venues across the city, you girls certainly won’t be stuck when it comes to deciding where to spend the last night of freedom!
Probably the biggest and most well-known nightclub in the city, Instant Budapest is situated on Akácfa Street and happens to be a gigantic converted building complex formerly made up of two separate houses that now hosts six bars, three dancefloors and two outdoor areas. This ruins bar is the perfect place to both sit down and enjoy some delicious food during the day and also as a place to dance until the sun comes up. This vast nightclub spread out over 1200 square metres of space offers music to suit all tastes and genres, making it a venue that everybody can enjoy no matter how fussy they are.
Another fantastic “ruins” bar and nightclub you girls certainly don’t want to miss is Doboz! This huge venue, situated on Klauzál Utca, this evening and late-night venue is built out of large abandoned buildings in the city centre and now calls itself home to four bars, two dancefloors and some of the best live DJ sets that you’ll find anywhere in Budapest. This vibrant and lively atmosphere will definitely be enough to keep you girls interested in staying for a few drinks at least, that’s for sure.
One of the most impressive clubs purely in terms of its setting and the atmosphere it brings is Akvárium Klub. Situated in the heart of the city on Erzsébet tér, this is the prime destination for fun in the sun, so if you happen to be visiting during the warmer months of the year then taking a trip to this fantastic open-air venue is a must! Serving up delicious food during the day and hosting late-night live music sets by night, this all-day party venue consists of a huge main hall, a smaller hall and a pub, as well as a large outdoor terrace space that will make your last night of freedom in Budapest an experience of a lifetime.