Budapest is one of the most popular party cities in Europe and for good reason. It became famous for its ruin bars, spa parties and it also hosts Sziget – one of the largest music festivals in the world.
Narrowing down this list was somewhat difficult but here you’ll find our selection of the coolest bars in Budapest.
Coolest Bars in Budapest
Located just across the Synagogue in Dohany street, this bar with the Scandinavian vibe is an awesome place for a daily coffee or an evening drink. They have a cool selection of craft beers. There’s outdoor seating in the summer.
Dohány utca, +36 70 571 0069
Szimpla Kert is the city’s most famous ruin bar, located in Kazinczy street which is the number one nightlife spot in Budapest. This huge complex consists of several venues that host different music and cultural programs.
There are live music concerts, movie projections but also some other things such as the farmer’s market.
The bar has many quirky rooms and cool interior, making you want to explore it all.
The downside of Szimpla Kert however, is that it’s overcrowded. Most people just come in to explore the place and take a few photos, before exploring what else Budapest has to offer.
Kazinczy utca, +36 20 261 8669
Another huge ruin bar with lots of different rooms and music genres. It occupies the place of a former dental hospital and is a great place for dancing. Many locals visit Fogahaz. There’s an outdoor seating area too.
Akácfa utca, +36 1 783 8820
Jonas Craft Beer House at Balna
If you happen to pass by Balna – a cultural and entertainment center located by the river – make a stop at Jonas Craft Beer House.
They have some interesting specialty beers such as Golden Jonas or Cunning Beaver. If you get hungry you can try one of their burgers.
Sit outside and enjoy the wonderful view of the Danube and the city!
Fővám tér 11, +36 70 930 1392
This hidden rooftop bar is actually part of Fogahaz complex. In the summer there’s a small outdoor terrace on the top, which makes Liebling an interesting place for a drink or two, under the open sky. There’s also a live music with the DJ booth. Liebling is quite small so if you want to grab a spot don’t come too late.
Akácfa utca, +36 1 783 8820
Bobek Kert is an awesome bar in the popular Kazinczy street. It’s not that pretentious or popular as some other places in this area, which makes it even cooler. The staff is friendly and the bar offers nice and laidback atmosphere.
Kazinczy utca, +36 1 322 0729
This wine bar is located in the Jewish quarter and it’s one of the best places to try Hungarian wine or palinka. They offer a wide array of wine tastings and host live jazz nights. The wine menu is abundant and if you get hungry, they’ve got great cheese and an interesting mix of platters.
Dob Utca 20, +36 20 398 8863
Csendes Tars Winebar & Garden
This was one of my favourite finds in Budapest. This bar is located just next to the Karoly park which is a small oasis. In my opinion it’s also one of the most beautiful parks in the city. Sitting outside is very relaxing (especially on a sunny day) but the interior is pretty interesting too. Their wine list is extensive.
Magyar utca 18, +36 30 727 2100
Nice place to eat and drink in the evening hours. There’s a large selection of beers and the food is delicious. You can sample some traditional Hungarian dishes or their tasty burgers. The interior resembles the typical “ruin bar” look and they also organise literary nights.
Ráday utca 8, +36 1 210 7168
For Sale Pub
For Sale Pub managed to appear on Atlas Obscura, which speaks enough about the uniqueness of this place. The visitors are allowed to leave their mark on the walls, ceiling, and floor. However, the decor is not the only cool thing about this place. For Sale Pub also offers huge and tasty portions of Hungarian food. A must!
Vámház krt. 2, +36 70 232 3756
A38 is the Ukrainian stone-carrier ship, now serving a totally different purpose. It was turned into a cultural center that’s housing an exhibition space, five bars and a restaurant.
You’ll find plenty of events here, mostly live music and concerts.
Petőfi híd, budai hídfő, +36 1 464 3940
Eleszto Craft Beer Bar
If you love craft beers accompanied with great food don’t skip Eleszto. You can choose between 15 to 20 types of beer, and the selection is changing very often. This is cash-only place.
Tűzoltó utca 22, +36 70 336 1279
Ellato Kert is a quirky ruin bar with Mexican decor. They serve nice cocktails here but you’ll also find some food options. There’s an open-air garden which makes this place really cool in the summer. The bar organizes art events and live music.
Kazinczy utca 48, +36 20 527 3018
Nice choice for summer evenings and a cocktail or two. Their wine list is abundant and they also serve food, so there’s something for everyone.
Erzsébet tér 11, +36 30 419 5040
Budapest has a lot of cool bars and its nightlife is constantly changing.
Don’t forget to check out these 25 interesting things to see and do in Budapest as well.