Recently hailed the third best bar in the world, Szimpla Kert on Kazinczy Street – the very heart of Budapest’s nightlife, is simply a must-visit. It is a labyrinth of stairways, balconies, and back rooms brimming with an assortment of weird and wonderful items from bikes to vintage toys, television screens to towering house plants and miles of intertwining fairy-lights. You can simply get lost wandering through Szimpla’s intriguing rooms before choosing where to enjoy your cocktail – perhaps inside a disused Trabant car.
Beautiful in its simplicity – in striking contrast to many of the city’s brimming, junk-filled bars – AnKert is a series of interconnecting terraces within the arched, cream-hued walls of a former factory. It is open-air, thus steeped in natural light, with a minimalist design concept. AnKert has a relaxed and rather sophisticated atmosphere. You can, of course, stay on after nightfall when one of the spacious courtyards becomes a lantern-lit dance floor.
Slightly off-the-beaten-track, and therefore all the more appealing, Dürer Kert has an enchanting, lantern-lit garden with charming little tables, chairs, and hammocks rocking between the trees. The outdoor stage has welcomed a plethora of artists from a diverse range of musical genres. On the former site of Hungary’s largest university, Eötvös Loránd, this bar attracts a particularly youthful, fun-loving, and high-spirited crowd.
Dürer Kert, Ajtósi Dürer sor 19-21, Budapest, Hungary +36 1 789 4444