The centre of Budapest
has preserved its glorious past, and its long history is apparent among the old buildings and numerous cultural and historical locations. If you are lucky enough to spend a few days in Hungary’s capital city, this article will help you find the best spots to grab a drink or have a fun night out.
Situated in a former Piarist building, Kiosk Budapest has incredible architectural features, including astonishingly high ceilings. Due to its recently renovated exterior area, cocktails can be enjoyed outside, too. The bartender has won several contests and creates top-notch cocktails with elegant flair. Should you get hungry, there is a variety of specialty burgers, with flavors such as blue cheese, foie gras and caramelized onion.
Marcius 15 square Budapest, Hungary +36 70 311 1969
Bar, Restaurant, Asian, Fusion, Japanese, $$$
This bar arrived from Japan to introduce Hungarians to a wealth of Asian flavors and drinks. Of course, delicious sushi is on offer, besides cocktails, Japanese whisky or Ryoma rum. Here you will find everything is characteristically Japanese: neon lights, LED walls and an enormous robotic foot. Situated very close to the Chain Bridge, it is easily accessible and a great place to enjoy a walk either before or after your Asian experience.
Széchenyi Isván tér 7-8. Budapest, Hungary +36 1 801 9862
Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest
Bar, Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, Hungarian, Asian, Fusion, Japanese, Chinese
Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest
With its Asian-fusion cuisine, Buddha-Bar blends Chinese, Thai, Indian and Japanese food in a luxurious bar and lounge area. Signature cocktail creations mixed with the traditional music creates a relaxing environment for patrons. On Sundays treat yourself to a special brunch, in which you can enjoy a huge variety of main courses or an Asian buffet. Buddha-Bar also hosts Hungary’s first authentic Lebanese restaurant, Baalbek. This new space attracts fans of traditional middle eastern cuisine and prepares all their dishes halal. Baalbek’s cozy terrace welcomes its guests with a range of shisha options or, if shisha isn’t your thing, a selection of Arabian teas to complete your meal.
Vaci street 34 Budapest, Hungary +36 1 799 7302
Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Boutiq ‘Bar is now recognized as being amongst the 50 best cocktail bars in the world. Owing to the crimson walls and small size, the interior feels sensual and intimate. There is no cocktail in the world that the skilled bartenders can’t prepare: in fact, the variety of drinks on offer is so immense that you may struggle to choose. Do you fancy a Caribbean rose peppercorn, a vanilla-cardamom cocktail or a spicy caipirinha?
Paulay Ede street 5 Budapest, Hungary +36 30 554 2323
This haven for American and Australian food devotees attracts many US tourists or businessmen who long for a good a piece of Omaha or prime steak, or for filet mignon made from Australian Wagyu. Moreover, put it top of your list if you want to have a special tequila, whiskey, rum or cognac: in the past few years they have improved their cocktail list as well.
Október 6. street 15. Budapest, Hungary +36 1 788 1685
Blue Fox The Bar - Kempinski Hotel Corvinus
Bar, Hungarian, Pub Grub
Blue Fox The Bar – Kempinski Hotel Corvinus
No need to be apprehensive about entering this hotel’s bar, although it is in the basement of The Kempinski, the spacious room has a great ambiance and the drinks are terrific. Basically, you can choose from any of the classics or a selection of modern cocktails. They use only natural ingredients, meaning no sickly syrups. Cheers!
Erzsébet square 7-8. Budapest, Hungary +36 1 429 4499
Bar, Tapas, American, Hungarian, $$$
Partly owned by Sicilians, this bar offers the classic American cocktail list, coupled with Italian class. If you are familiar with the concept of an apero bar in Italy, then, this is what you can expect from this happy, fun loving environment. No one will judge you here if you happen to drink a Tom Collins at 4pm! All of this amidst the decadent charm of the 1920s and 30s.
Sas street 17 Budapest, Hungary +36 20 288 5406
Bistro, French, European, Hungarian, $$$
If you are hungry but wouldn’t pass up the chance to enjoy a nice wine as well, this French-Hungarian bistro is for you. The menu always includes seasonal ingredients, which can be enjoyed in the cleverly designed, wooden interior. Try a nice breakfast or dinner here; you certainly won’t be disappointed by the French-Hungarian cuisine and flavors.
Királyi Pál street 14 Budapest, Hungary +36 1 789 0975
Should you be interested in Hungarian schnapps, also known as palinka, this shop and bar can supply you with a huge variety to try.Plus you can get an insight into how this heavenly alcoholic drink is made, the mysteries of distillation and the difference between the favorite brands. There are regular discounts, too, so keep an eye on their website.
Gönczy Pál street 6 Budapest, Hungary +36 30 417 7825
This enchanted forest in the heart of Budapest offers the possibility of dusk-to-dawn dancing surrounded by some of the weirdest and most eclectic artworks of all time. If you like a wide variety of music and spending the whole night in a friendly environment with great drinks, then Instant is most definitely worth a try.
Nagymező street 38. Budapest, Hungary +36 1 311 0704