If you’re traveling to Budapest, then you should definitely visit one of the famous ruin bars. These iconic demolition bars were actually born out of necessity. With little money, but with a lot of creativity, old houses were renovated by young students. Furniture that normally ends up in the bulky waste is now the hip interior design of these so-called ruin bars. Instead of pretty wallpaper, the walls are decorated with colorful graffiti art. Over the years, the hype surrounding the ruin bars in Budapest has grown steadily, and they are now a fixed part of the city’s vibrant nightlife. Today they are an important part of the vibrant nightlife in town. But where are the best ruin bars in Budapest?
In this travel guide we have summarized the most famous locations and the absolute best ruin bars of Budapest.
Szimpla Kert is one of the oldest ruin bars in Budapest. Also, this ruin bar is probably the most famous one and actually also the most extraordinary ruin pub in the city. Here is an absolute overload of odds and ends. Sure you will be amazed by all the colorful details: With a drink in your hand, you can stroll through various rooms, all of them decorated in a very special and individual way. No table, no bench or chair is like the other, and every room has a different, colorful theme and decoration. The whole ambiance at Szimpla Kert is simply overwhelming! That’s why this cool ruin bar was voted one of the coolest bars in the world by travel magazines.
The audience in the Szimpla Kertist is very mixed, from alternative locals to older couples to bachelor party groups and tourists. So if you are looking for an extra cool ruin bar in Budapest, you should definitely visit the Szimpla Kert! This bar is like no other.
Address: Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary
Tip: There are some really cool party hostels nearby, such as The Hive, where people celebrate around the clock!
The Anker’t is one of the more subtle bars among the ruin bars in Budapest. In comparison to the colorfully and chaotic ruin pubs like e.g. the Szimpla Kert, the Anker’t doesn’t focus on crazy decoration and exaggerated frills. Also the audience is not that alternative and more casual. Nevertheless, there is a completely relaxed and chillaxed atmosphere at Anker’t. Here people are in a good mood and also the music guarantees great vibes. And the party will go on for long…
Address: Budapest, 1061, Paulay Ede u. 33, 1061 Hungary
The Mazel Tov is currently the absolute place-to-be in Budapest. This famous ruin bar is considered to be one of the best restaurants in the Jewish quarter. It feels like the entire hipster scene is dining out here. The whole ambiance is stunningly beautiful: decorated with green hanging plants, live music in the background and delicious food, this restaurant guarantees an unforgettable dining experience. Unfortunately, the Mazel Tov is already so famous that you have to book a table for the evening in advance.
Address: Budapest, Akácfa u. 47, 1072 Hungary
The Ellato Kert is another bar highlight of the city. This ruin bar is located in the 7th district and is one of the coolest locations in the Jewish Quarter. The bar is really colorful and inspires with a Latin flair and an alternative atmosphere. The audience is a good mix of students, locals and tourists. Also fantastic is that you have a large outdoor area. The prices here are quite cheap, so you can expect lower prices compared to other bars. In case you are getting hungry, we can recommend trying some of the delicious Mexican snacks. Also here you can pre-book a table for the evening.
Address: Budapest, Kazinczy u. 48, 1075 Hungary
When it comes to ruin bars in Budapest, the Csendes Letterem is one of the absolute insider tips. This really chic trash bar is located in the 5th district and delights its guests with hundreds of small details. Here you feel right at home, probably because in Csendes it is much more comfortable compared to other bars. During daytime it is run as a café, in the evening it turns into a pleasantly quiet bar. Also the prices are really cheap here. In case you get hungry, don`t miss to check out the menu at Csendes Letterem. Highly recommended here are the goulash soup and the extremely delicious burger selection!
Address: Ferenczy István u. 5, 1053 Hungary
The Grandio is a ruin bar and a party-hostel at the same time. Here the party addicted traveler scene meets up to have cool drinks and to enjoy the cozy garden. Especially popular for young travelers, the Grandio is the perfect place for celebrating and drinking. Regular pub crawls (pub crawls) and alcohol Olympiads are organized. If you are looking for a party hostel in Budapest, you should definitely stay here. But if you prefer to party more nicely, there might be better places.
Address: Budapest, Nagy Diófa u. 8, 1072 Hungary
Instant & Fogas Ház
The Instant & Fogas Ház is one of the biggest ruin bars in Budapest and actually a great place for a party. This club has a kind of tunnel system where with many rooms and different types of music (pop, techno, rock, hip-hop, etc.). At Instag Fogaz it is more likely to meet up with the locals, but certainly, also tourists are part of the party crowd. If you are looking for a long night out, you should definitely choose this ruin bar. Although it is also open during the day, the party starts quite late.
Address: Budapest, Akácfa u. 49-51, 1073 Hungary
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On the online portal GetyourGuide you can find cheap entrance tickets, cooking classes, excursions and city tours for Budapest. Great are also the reviews, which you can compare before booking. Perfect if you want to organize your trip in advance.
If you don’t necessarily want to explore the ruin bars of Budapest on your own, you also have the option to join a guided pub crawl.
Where to stay in the Jewish Quarter
The coolest ruin bars of Budapest are located in the Jewish quarter, the 7th district. In addition to these legendary bars, there are also plenty of fantastic restaurants and cafes to find. The whole district is hip and due to its central location, it is also an ideal starting point to explore Budapest. If you also want to stay in this area, then we can recommend the following accommodations…It’s worth a look!
- Hotel: The Barceló Budapest is one of the best hotels in this trendy district. Even the location is super central, and the beautiful rooms offer a lot of peace. Also, the breakfast is really delicious!
- Apartment: If you are rather fancy a holiday apartment near the Ruinenbars, then we can recommend the ingenious and beautifully furnished Colours Apartments Budapest.
- Hostel: As a cheap alternative you should have a look at the Hostel Maverick City Lodge. From here you will soon be at the best sights and ruin bars of Budapest. The hip hostel offers both dormitory and twin rooms.
Conclusion: The ruin bars in Budapest are crazy, hip, iconic, fun and each one is a unique masterpiece. No matter if you want a nice coffee, a delicious cocktail, to smoke shisha or an exuberant party – these bars are a real enrichment of Budapest’s nightlife!
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