Budapest is a energetic, cosmopolitan, trendy city. Fans of design, architecture, fashion and gourmet food will all find something to explore in this constantly changing city.
Retro is once again in. Whether you want to dress up in a mix of retro-grandma and electroboogie style or enjoy today’s food at a restaurant with an 80’s theme or want to buy some unique souvenirs to take home to your family, Budapest boasts it.
7th district, 46 Király street
Imagine a large beer hall filled with street art and sounds betraying a past as a motorcycle repair shop. Kuplung (clutch) is located in the former garage, and it still looks like one, or like a middle-sized hangar. There are few football tables, the bar, tables to sit at and free space to park your bike. The place is cheap and very popular among students and art types. The place might not be easy to spot, but look out for partying people disappearing behind the wooden gates.
7th district, 18 Dob street (Síp corner)
The “Boogeyman” is one of the most popular places in Budapest. The word “kert”, which means garden in Hungarian, describes it perfectly. What it really refers to is a new phenomenon, many new nightlife spots emerging sprinkled throughout the city center, particularly around the old Jewish neighborhood in the city’s 7th district. So this place is basically a run-down building/courtyard that has been converted into a sprawling lounge with funky decorations, a vibrant atmosphere, and a colorful palette of music.
6th district, 65/B Csengery street
The “spare key” is a bar, club and restaurant popular with the bohemian people and full of laid-back vibes. The place offers live music, home-cooked meals and a pleasant summer terrace that’s cozy, charming, and has just enough grass that isn’t covered by chairs and tables.
Szimpla Kert (Simple Garden) is the pioneer of our ruinpubs. It is really a cult place giving new trends. Undoubtedly the best known ruinpub among the locals and the tourists, as well. It looks a little bit run down but that’s what gives it the special Szimpla Kert flair. The cinema plays alternative movies almost every night. A cool young crowd gathers here to chat, drink and smoke. Most people come to Szimpla Kert to have a cheap beer or wine and chill out. On summer nights, the courtyard fills up fast. Nowadays it became a little touristy due to its appearance in popular guide books, but it’s still a great place to hang out at.