The Top 10 Bars In District VII, Budapest

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There are a huge number of good bars and pubs in Budapest’s VII district, and it is worth visiting at least one ‘ruin pub.’ Street food, pubs, kosher shops, trendy hotels and exhibitions – the VII District of Budapest is true cultural hub. Here is a quick guide to the best bars in the area.

Szimpla Kert

1. Szimpla Kert

Bar, Pub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails

Szimpla Kert is very well-known and popular, and a must-visit if you are in Budapest. Originally a factory, the place was converted into an open-air cinema and pub, which serves as a unique setting for concerts, theater shows and exhibitions. Seats are converted from various things like old car trunks, and the whole place radiates a slight hint of madness when you enter. All-in-all, a great place to hang out.

2. Warm Up Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Beer, Hungarian

Gozsdu courtyard
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Surprisingly, in Warm Up Bar you won’t get a list of cocktails or drinks – the barmen will prepare the desired drink based upon your favorite flavors, scents or historical scene, a unique approach which makes this place a must-try if you are in Budapest. You will also experience a nice environment and very friendly service.

3. Blue Bird Karaoke

Bar, Hungarian, Beer

This exclusive place can guarantee a cracking night out. If you like karaoke, then definitely have a look into Gozsdu Court’s Blue Bird Karaoke Bar – situated in an old cellar, it has an exquisite environment and superb cocktails. If you arrive during happy hour, the prices are even friendlier, but it is definitely worth a look no matter what. The musical scene is very broad here, so you certainly won’t get bored.

4. Hétker Pub

Pub, Pub Grub, Hungarian

In District VII
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Just a couple of minutes from Budapest’s Blaha square, this pub provides an original Hungarian feeling with a cozy environment, music, games, and, being very popular, it is known as a great place to meet new people. Of course, you can indulge yourself with some huge glasses of beer too – compared to prices elsewhere in the capital, your wallet will stay happy, too.

5. Snaps Galeria

Brasserie, Pub, European, Belgian

If you have a passion for Belgian beer, this pub in Kiraly Street is definitely for you. On offer are the most exquisite Belgian beers such as wheat beer, brown beer, bio beer, authentic Trappist beer, fruity beer, Christmas beer – this place knows everything about beer! In a homey environment, sit in the cozy, deep armchairs and indulge in you favorite beer. Life will seem much easier.

6. Képzeld el! Wine Bar

Bar, Pub, Wine Bar, European, Hungarian

Kazinczy street
This recently opened wine bar is the perfect place for people who like to drink Hungarian or Italian wine in a beautifully decorated pub, without being surrounded by a crowd but yet close to all the party places. If you happen to be hungry, you can order dishes such as grilled goat’s cheese with carrots. Should any of the wines win you over, there is the chance to buy a whole bottle at the counter.

7. Platós

Pub, Restaurant, Hungarian

You will know when you’ve arrived at Platós. There is a three-wheeled, blue Ape flatbed moped right out front which makes this place impossible to miss. This small pub offers a wide variety of handmade beers and good pasta. If desired, the Ape moped can function as a terrace. Sometimes, live music and concerts liven up the proceedings.

8. Aznap

Pub, European

Synagoge in District VII
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“Because there is a today before each tomorrow” is this place’s motto, and you can’t argue with that. Almost resembling a “ruin pub”, this place has a unique atmosphere and offers a selection of good quality wines. There is also a great range of handmade beers, even diabetic and gluten-free versions. Movie clubs, folk music events and bigger parties are scheduled regularly.

9. Filo bar

Bar, Pub Grub, Italian

Filo Bar 
© Nagy Attila | Photo courtesy Filo Bar
This is probably the most environmentally friendly place in the vicinity due to its unique interior design, recycling collection of waste, biologically compostable paper, energy-saving lighting and so on. You can enjoy lunch here too, sitting inside on the comfortable blue chairs or out on the little terrace.

10. Bar Pharma

Bar, Hungarian, Beer

It is truly refreshing to enjoy a drink in Bar Pharma; due to its size, it can only accommodate ten customers at a time. Here, the order of the day is cocktails, and the staff are very passionate about them. Served by an attentive and friendly staff, some of your cocktails may arrive in medicine pots.

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