may be Hungary’s nightlife capital, but Debrecen
is not far behind, with plenty of charming bars and pubs in which to grab a cocktail or an ice cold beer. There’s more than enough in the city to suit all tastes, but to make things a little easier we’ve rounded up the city’s best ten places to enjoy a drink.
DiVino Wine Bar
Bar, Contemporary, Hungarian, $$$
A small group of stylish bars across Hungary, DiVino focuses on a menu of Hungarian wines served in a sophisticated setting with a lively atmosphere. A selection of bar snacks caters to hungry patrons, and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available – but it’s the wine list that is the real star for which the bar is known, featuring wines from vineyards in Tokaj, Eger, and more.
Bistro, Bar, Contemporary, $$$
The contemporary, industrial interior and outdoor terrace at this lively bar and bistro are just a few of the reasons to spend an evening here. Craft beer, cocktails, Hungarian wines and more all feature on the menu, while every weekend after 8pm, DJs turn the space into a great venue for a night out. Food is also available to order alongside the drinks menu, from pizzas and burgers to “deb dogs” made using Debreceni sausage (spiced with paprika).
Hungary is known for its iconic ruin bars and while the majority can be found in Budapest, Debrecen’s own ruin pub is right up there with the best of them. A pub grub-style food menu offers snacks and larger meals at friendly prices and by day, the space is popular with anyone looking to grab a bite and relax in unique, cosy surroundings. By night, live music performances and an even livelier atmosphere transform the bar into a vibrant place to enjoy a night out.
Bakelit Music Café
Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
Opposite the Csokonai Theatre, thirsty patrons can enjoy a drink at this casual bar while looking out onto the building’s beautiful architecture. Wine, beer, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks can all be found on the menu, and thanks to the welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere the pub has become a popular meeting place for locals – the occasional live music performances are also a big draw!
Neon City & Garden
Bar, Pub, $$$
With an international feel and casual atmosphere, Neon City is a ruin pub that invites visitors to feel at home. Foosball tables, large screens on which to watch the match of the day, a chilled out terrace…everything here is geared towards fun, which makes it a popular spot for students, visitors, and pretty much everyone.
Calico Jack Pub
Pub, European, Pub Grub, $$$
Decorated like a pirate ship, this quirky pub is both a great place to enjoy a meal (they are known for their gargantuan portions) and for casual drinks in the evening. As well as classic refreshments including local beers and wines, there’s also an extensive pálinka (Hungarian fruit brandy) menu allowing guests to try one of the country’s national drinks. Calico Jack prides itself on catering to everyone, so there’s plenty of non-alcoholic beverages, vegetarian food options, and a kids’ menu.
Bar, Bistro, $$$
A centrally located bar with a welcoming atmosphere and varied drinks menu, Drazsé is a local favorite. The outdoor terrace is popular during spring and summer, while inside the ambience is relaxed and inviting. Board game nights and other events keep locals coming back, as does the selection of cocktails, draft beer, and local wines. For those who don’t drink alcohol, there’s a that which is more than just soda and juice: homemade iced tea, fresh lemonade, and interestingly flavored coffees are all available, too.
Miami Cocktail Bar
Bar, Contemporary, $$$
The frontrunner for cocktails in Debrecen, as its name suggests, Miami Cocktail Bar specializes in…well, cocktails. There are over 70 on the menu, from classics such as mojitos and piña coladas, to more original concoctions. Centrally located with an outdoor terrace for sunny days and warm evenings, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends with a drink in hand, or kick off a night of bar hopping in the city.
Mokka Drink Bár
Bar, Cafe, $$$
Some of the best coffee in Debrecen, refreshing drinks such as fröccs – a wine spritzer – and a relaxing atmosphere both day and night, Mokka is one of Debrecen’s best bars for a social gathering. Relax on the outdoor terrace with a craft beer or cocktail, or head inside to make the most of the chilled out mood during the afternoon. Things get a little livelier in the evening, making it a great option to begin a night out in the city.
Mickeyz Bar Club
Known for its delicious cocktails and serving a dual purpose as both a bar and club (with emphasis on the club side of things), Mickeyz is a popular choice in Debrecen for a night to remember. Only open on Friday and Saturday evenings, DJs turn the space into a place to dance the night away and the bar prides itself on creating an atmosphere in which to forget your worries and live in the moment.