Budapest is increasingly known for its ruin pubs and there’s no better place to experience this unique trend than where it all began. Szimpla Kert is seen as the birthplace of the ruin pub and while it can get busy, especially on weekends, this is the place to check out the heart of Budapest’s nightlife.
Szimpla Kert, Kazinczy u. 14, Budapest, Hungary +36 20 261 8669
Located in City Park, in what used to be a University building, this ruin pub offers a relaxed atmosphere with a varied program of live music. Out in the garden, patrons can lounge in hammocks, play table football or enjoy a game of petanque. Inside, the multiple rooms house live music acts throughout the year.
Dürer Kert, Ajtósi Dürer sor 19-21, Budapest, Hungary +36 1 789 4444
This is a venue with a difference. Moored up on the Buda side of the city, just beneath Petőfi Bridge, it’s located on a reconstructed ship and features five bar areas and an outdoor terrace. The A38 Ship shines as a live music venue, with a program of Hungarian and international artists.
A38 Ship, Petőfi híd, Budapest, Hungary +36 1 464 3940
On Saturday nights throughout summer, Budapest’s iconic Szechenyi Thermal Baths welcome revelers from around the world to the now infamous Spa Parties – or “Sparty“. A totally unique opportunity to let your hair down in stunning surroundings, live DJs provide the music while light shows transform these historic thermal baths into one of the best, most unique parties in the city.
Széchenyi Thermal Baths, Állatkerti krt, Budapest, Hungary +36 1 363 3210
For a more chilled out night time bath session, head to Rudas Thermal Bath at the foot of Gellért Hill. Built in 1550, during the Ottoman empire, the baths underwent extensive renovation in 2006 and today feature a more modern interior while still maintaining elements of its Turkish origins. On Fridays and Saturdays, the baths are open from 10pm – 4am making for a uniquely relaxing way to spend a night out in Budapest.
Rudas Thermal Baths, Döbrentei tér 9, Budapest, Hungary +36 1 356 1010
If you like a challenge, this could be the perfect way to start a night out. The Escape Room craze has been gaining popularity in recent years and Budapest has plenty of options. Participants are locked in a themed room, and given one hour to solve a number of clues in order to escape. There are a range of difficulty levels and room themes, from the fun and fabulous to the downright creepy (recreation of the Saw movies, anyone?). For one of the best in the city, head to E-Exit – there are three rooms to choose from. Good luck!
E-Exit Escape Game, Nyár u. 27, Budapest, Hungary +36 30 889 3633
Colourful decorations, hammocks, and a chilled out atmosphere can all be found in Budapest’s outdoor gardens. Drinks are usually reasonably priced, there’s an international crowd and thanks to the open air setting it’s the perfect place to start a summer night out. Koleves, in District VII, is popular with locals and visitors thanks to its casual beachy vibe.
Kőleves, Kazinczy u, Budapest, Hungary +36 1 322 1011