Still trying to decide whether is an authentic place or has become more of a ruin bar for the masses, you can't skip it! More than 10 different rooms decorated in a unique and bizarre style. Affordable prices and pretty much full of people always. Wi-fi and endless picture opportunities too.
Filled with more locals by square metre than Szimpla (most famous ruin bar in town), what could be more of the same stuff goes great with loads of sculptures and different rooms to have a look. Features an indoor patio.
Last tip? I would avoid sleeping at the hostel they have upstairs. Could be a bit noisy sometimes ;)
Budapest is a city full of movement. In fact, that's one of the things that surprised me most about this city. There are no corners where there isn't a bar or a place to have a drink. And there is no empty space, which is the most curious. One of the sites that most surprised me was the A38, a ship docked in the Danube (Buda) that has been converted into a kind of pub which also hosts concerts live. The site is spectacular. This is an old Ukrainian ship that was purchased in order to convert it into a bar and live venue - it is a truly fantastic place.
Right in the centre Budapest there is a special place for young people to understand the city's phenomenal night and leisure atmosphere. The Akvárium Klub is a place that was intended to be a government building that was never opened despite laying the foundations in the cellar. Over time, it began to fill with young people who thronged at night surrounded by a comfortable lawn. Today, the interior has been transformed into a cocktail bar that has hundreds of tables in a space so vast that is real despite how it sounds. In addition, the surrounding area is filled with people drinking on the streets. The really cheap price for beer helps.
Varosligeti Sorsator is a sort of bar located in some tents in Városliget Park, not far from Vajdahunyad Castle and the Széchenyi baths. It's a good place to go for a beer and some live music in the evenings after relaxing a bit in the baths! I went at about 7:00pm and there was a band playing some pretty spot-on AC/DC covers. Excellent experience!
Columbus is a pub and restaurant located on a boat in the Danube with absolutely spectacular views of the Royal Palace. It's kind of kitschy (the men's room has a picture of James Dean and the ladies' room has a picture of Marilyn Monroe), but the rest of the decor is excellent and especially beautiful during Christmas. The highlight of the menu are the meat dishes served in a variety of preparations (mine came with a sauce made of carrots and, of course, paprika). The strawberries with cream for dessert were excellent!
Kuplung is currently one of the best and most popular ruin pubs in Budapest's District VII. Why? Well, aside from hosting concerts, art exhibits, resident artists, and performances of all kinds, it's also a fun and rowdy bar and night spot. Located in an abandoned mechanic's shop on Kiraly Utca, Kuplung contains several bars and different spaces like an ample outdoor terrace, a dance hall with DJs and live music, and a vast amount of cool little corners with comfy sofas, Foosball machines, or amazing graffiti.
Another nice thing about Kuplung is that there's something happening more or less any time of day. If you want to enjoy coffee and conversation or perhaps a mid-afternoon film screening, that's an option. If you just want to have a few beers with your friends in a chill atmosphere, you can find that too. If you want to dance until 5:00 in the morning in an alcohol-fueled party with tons of fun-loving locals, well...Kuplung's the place!
We went in winter when the courtyard had been covered and heated, but I've heard from friends that it's THE place to be in summertime when the courtyard opens up and they give the old garage's walls over to up-and-coming local artists. Even if you're just in Budapest for a few days I'd definitely add Kuplung towards the top of your list of ruin bars to visit.
Ankert takes the concept of a ruin bar to the next level. The younger sibling of Budapest's legendary Anker Klub, Ankert is a sprawling open-air bar, restaurant, and cultural center located in Budapest's District 7, an area which ranks highly on almost every travel magazine's list of “coolest neighborhoods in the world.”
As Ankert is based around a huge 800-square meter courtyard, it's closed during the winter months but during the spring, summer, and fall, it's an ideal place to go for a cold Hungarian craft beer in the sunshine or to catch a film or hear some live music in the evenings. The courtyard itself is big enough for literally hundreds of people and there is a massive bar serving up everything from homemade burgers to tropical cocktails to local beers and more. As you move inside, you'l find more bars, an indoor restaurant area, and a huge space that they use to show films (oddly enough, they were showing some 1970's American police movie when we went) or host dance parties with live DJ's.
We went early and in late autumn so it was a bit more subdued than usual, but still it was an awesome experience, and the kind of place that really only exists in Budapest. Definitely a place to add to your ruin pub crawl through the 7th District.
The craft beer revolution has arrived in Budapest and ground zero is Elezsto, a sprawling craft beer garden and ruin bar hidden among the streets of Budapest's District VIII. Elezsto has an indoor bar area as well as a large outdoor terrace with comfy sofas and tables, each with their own bar serving up to 17 varieties of mainly Hungarian craft beer on tap, as well as a decent selection by bottle. If you're looking to discover what Hungarian craft beer is all about, Elezsto is definitely the place.
Since most of the brews are Hungarian, most of the names won't be recognizable, not to mention pronounceable. If you have doubts, ask the English-speaking bartenders and they'll recommend those which best match your tastes and give you little samples until you find what you want. I tried two Hungarian American Pale Ales which were absolutely delicious (if only I could remember the names!). They were aromatic and tasty with just the right amount of bitterness from the hops. My wife got a what beer that was so smooth and refined it almost tasted like juice!
The prices are another plus...we got a total of three pints of tasty craft beer for just over what it costs for one pint of industrial beer back home. While Elezsto isn't quite as central as other craft beer bars like Lehuto or Szimpla Cafe, it's by far the best craft beer bar in Budapest and is well worth the effort to find it. Cheers!