If you are looking for somewhere different to drink during your 48 hours in Budapest, look no further than this list of best ruin bars. Over the last 20 years many bars have popped up in the ruins of the Jewish quarter of Budapest. Ruin bars started out as pop up bars in derelict buildings of District VII. But after some became a little more permanent they became an attraction in the city for many visitors.
The most famous of Budapest ruin bars is Szimpla Kert, the space was originally set up as a meeting place for artists. It is the place tourists seem to find first on the list of ruin bars. But that doesn’t mean you wont find locals drinking early into the morning.
With many bars and rooms spread across the complex. The rooms are a very eclectic combination of 70’s relics and modern furniture. Filled with bric-a-brac and graffiti covered walls the rooms are a sight to behold. From wine bars to performing stages to cocktail bars there is something for everyone. Szimpla Kert also holds on to its roots with a Sunday farmers market of local produce.
Set in a former glass blowing factory this ruin pub comes with its own brewery. Home of 30 craft beers on tap this is a great place for the hopheads. But don’t be discouraged if that’s not your thing. This Budapest ruin bar also has a cafe, a gin bar and a wine bar in the basement.
Opened in 2013 by the organisers of a craft bear festival. Not as touristy as most ruin bars so more locals. Food available and plenty of places to sit and chat.
Fogas Haz (and Instant)
Opened in 2009 this largely outdoor Budapest ruin bar complex is now a collection of eight bars. Instant, Fogas, Larm, Lebling, Pont, Robot, Underwelt and Frame make up this ruin bar. Instant has recently moved from a smaller location and is a lively techno nightclub. Fogas is a star of the party scene in Budapest, laid out as a circus tent just adds to the carnival atmosphere. The other bars and garden spaces are always heaving. Its THE place to party till the early hours.
Set in an unrestored car garage and decorated by painted walls of sea creatures and paper jelly fish lanterns. One of the more popular and one of the oldest of the Budapest ruin bars. With performance events on nearly every night and a large screen in the garden area for those major sporting events. A nice place to go if you just want to chill out. A good selection of street food for when you fancy a bite to eat.
Not really what you think of when you think Budapest ruin bar. None the eclectic collection of bric-a-brac. Mazel Tov has a clean and stylish look to its garden area and interior. The name a nod to its Jewish Quarter heritage. The bar serves a selection of mediterranean and israeli fusion dishes, although not kosher. High on a lot of peoples list Mazel Tov service can be slow at peak times. So try and visit during the mid afternoon.
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Chris is a Number cruncher by work day, seeker of new experiences by weekend – always looking to spend 48 hours somewhere! Seen 4 continents, 26 countries and 100’s of city’s hoping to add a few more each year.