Ruinpubs in Budapest – the taste of Hungarian nightlife
Budapest has always been a vivid city, but at the beginning of the 21st century cultic places started to grow out of tenement houses and factory buildings doomed to destruction. Old furniture, grandparent’s design, complete retro feeling – these became the so called ruin pubs, romkocsma in Hungarian. Young people fell in love with these places in a moment, and now Budapest is famous of its many ruinpubs. These places are equally good for drinking, partying and they function as clubs for cultural performances, concerts and exhibitions. It is a must for tourist to taste this side of Budapest and enter the nightlife special to ruinpubs and the downtown area of the city. A couple of years ago similar pubs wee opened in bigger towns of Hungary, eg. Sopron, Győr, Szeged or Pécs. Many of these pubs are already listed as best bars of the world by popular media eg. like Lonely Planet.
If you are looking for fun, funky spaces with lots of nooks and crannies where you can actually hear the other person talk or dance if you want.
The best ones are:
Szimpla kert (Simple Garden) you can take a seat in a cannibalized old Trabant car. Voted 3rd best bar in the world by Lonely Planet.
Kertem (My Garden) – arrive to a socialist beer-garden of the 1980s.
Corvin-tető (Corvin Roofgarden) – great view on the city center.
Anker’t – he summer version of Anker Klub, is the largest garden bar in town. A former factory characterized by a minimalist interior, and huge, connecting courtyards.
Dürer Kert party spots with youthful, friendly atmosphere, with diverse genre-palette and gravelly garden.