If you fancy a drop in your favorite watering hole — but prefer some less mainstream pleasures — we’ve rounded up a selection of places that you’ll want to swing by next time you’re in Budapest.
Take in panoramic views and order an organic drinks list (from $18). You’ll also find wines from newer producers, like Dora Modrid.
Nagy Mayor Cafe
From the billiard tables and big views of the fountain to the exotic cocktails on the menu, this bar is every cocktail-lover’s dream. From $18.
The team behind a previous scene-y bar, SC, has come out with the Croatian Roux, a modern take on the drink. It’s liquor and very good-looking and not for the faint of heart, but it’s delicious.
Mesveta Bar & Grille
A cross between trendy lounge and a boudoir, this bar feels like you’re walking into a Scandinavian, R&B, R&B-ish bar that, thanks to its cheap drinks and dim lighting, gets your heart racing. From $18.
Traditionally, Venice is a mecca for drinking and eating, so much so that you’ll find few drinking spots that have remained in business all these years. So it’s nice to have a place that’s as refined and romantic as the Venice of the 17th century. With 200 liters of draught beer (meditation and romance at the same time!) and French fare on the menu, it’s equally at home at an upscale bistro as it is next to an ivy-covered church in the city’s ever-so-vividly-green Juhkertswyl neighborhood.
In the city center, behind the vaulted windows of a shopping mall, we find a classic bar with a great little list of wines and craft beers. Happy hour is Sunday through Thursday, from 2 to 6 p.m. — very much in the spirit of the city’s spectacular seasonal blue beer.
On the way to “museum metro,” you’ll think you’ve entered a somewhat depressing nightclub set to techno beats. The drinks are no less flashy, and the music no less set to a beat.
Just steps from Széchenyi Square, this gin bar (no alcohol actually for sale here) is pure Americana. With its big screen and large group rooms, this is a swanky hangout.
If you’re looking for an especially laid-back spot that no one else would suspect was a drinking spot, come to the third floor of a whitewashed red-brick factory. The extensive drinks list is back by popular demand (from $6).