My carefully selected, favorite places around the city. Click on the names for location.

Specialty Coffee Bars

Madal 💰💰 – specialty chain with raw vegan sweets

Espresso Embassy 💰💰 – unique, stylish, friendly

My Little Melbourne 💰💰 – cool area, nice terrace

Brew Brothers 💰💰 – small, good coffee

Art Cafés

Kelet 💰💰- Buda’s gem café

Hadik and Szatyor 💰💰- Hadik is a poet meeting points, szatyor is more like a ruin bar in Buda

Magvető Café 💰💰 – really quiet and nice atmosphere, owned by Magvető book publisher


Ruin Bars

Szimpla Kert 💰💰💰 – oldest ruin bar, famous, dirty

Ellátó Ház💰💰 – Old, semi-open ruin bar, nice mexican food, terrace, pool and table football

Kuplung 💰💰 – Newer ruin bar with concerts (entry fee)

Csendes 💰💰 – Means ‘quiet’, more for sitting, has a terrace next to the park

Anker’t 💰💰💰 – Indoor-outdoor ruin bar with music and great outdoor vibe for summer

Instant/Fogasház 💰💰💰 – Largest ruin bars and also a party place. merged in 2017, you will find a small techno venue Larm and an underground rock club here as well.

Local Hot Spots

Telep 💰💰 – art gallery! skater, surfer, underground style

Központ 💰💰 – laid back, good music, central bar

Fekete Kutya 💰💰 – cool, alternative, nice beers

Pontoon 💰💰💰 – riverside, super hot right now

Kisüzem 💰💰💰 – Busy with a huge selection of spirits

Wine bars

Kadarka 💰💰 – Drink local small winery products, busy

Veritas 💰💰💰 – Has food as well, friendly

Doblo Wine Bar 💰💰💰 – Nice old fashioned look, refined, bit dark 

DiVino Wine Bars 💰💰💰 – Chain packed with Hungarian wines, bit overpriced but nice locations

Innio 💰💰💰💰💰 – High end champagne, Hungarian and international selection, small tasting dishes

Jazz clubs/bars

Jedermann Café  💰💰 – Entry is free, but table reservation for concerts is highly recommended – Events

Muzikum 💰💰 – Bar with events of local bands and small concerts – Events

Budapest Jazz Club 💰💰💰 – Free and paid events – Events

Opus Jazz Club 💰💰💰 – Jazz music concerts – Events

Craft Beers bars

Élesztő Craft Beerhouse  💰💰💰 – bit farther from downtown, great atmosphere, 21 local craft beers on tap, burgers

Léhűtő Craft Beerhouse 💰💰💰 –  Always new and premier local beers from 6 taps Basement & terrace, central location, tapas n burgers

Legfelsőbb Beeróság 💰💰💰 – 10 local craft beers on tap, lot more bottled

Jónás Craft Beerhouse 💰💰💰 – Close to the river, great views and cool interior

Cocktail Bars

Impostor 💰💰💰 – Asian style, nice cocktails and bites

Boutiq Bar 💰💰💰 –  Voted among the best cocktail bars in the world, booking needed

Hotsy Totsy Bar Barber 💰💰💰 – No menu, they do drinks based on your mood

Farm 💰💰💰 – Friendly, nice atmosphere, cool cocktails


Toprum 💰💰💰 – brunch, restaurant, great view, great interior

360 bar 💰💰💰 – open, central view of the 6th and 7th district

High Note Sky Bar 💰💰💰💰 – nice view of the basilica, good coctails

St. Andrea Sky Bar 💰💰💰💰💰- Great view over the city towards the citadel and Vörösmarty square

Alternative bars

Diófa Pinyó 💰- a dark basement in downtown, inexpensive

Wichmann’s Pub 💰- If you want to see something truly different, an old watering hole in downtown. Ask for a beer and a ‘fried chicken on bread’

Dzzs Bar 💰💰- alternative, bit dark, good hiding spot

Nappali 💰💰- huge selection of spirits, looks like a living room

Hivatal 💰💰- very small place, has terrace, central, friendly

Zappa Bistro 💰💰 – Nice location, try Mikszáth square!