Budapest is best for...
Ruin bars: Unique to Budapest, these dilapidated buildings have been transformed into quirky bars with retro decor and live music
Once-in-a-lifetime clubs: Dance the night away at Club Studio, which can be found on an island in the middle of the Danube River
Stag do parties: From pubs and clubs to cocktail bars and casinos, there is plenty of entertainment for stag parties
Language: The language spoken in Budapest is Hungarian
Currency: The currency used in Budapest is the Hungarian Forints
Local time: Budapest is 1 hour behind GMT/UK time
Fly to: Budapest's main airport is Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
The ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest nightlife is rich and varied just like the city’s history but is also a modern, exciting city. An evening out in Budapest is also lively, with lots of great bars, late night clubs and restaurants to go to.
You might have heard locals speaking about ‘romkocsmas’ and wondered what they’re talking about. Ruin bars are a Hungarian trend that sprung up in 2001 when old industrial buildings across the city were converted into cheap drinking and partying spots. Today these are some of the most popular bars in the city, with Szimpla Kert leading the pack thanks to its quirky décor. For Mexican food and cocktails, Ellatokert is a must on the Budapest nightlife scene, while Corvin Teto is a popular choice at sunset for pre-club drinks.
If you prefer your evenings a little more upmarket, why not dine on Middle Eastern food with a jazz soundtrack at Mazel Tov? Another great spot in the city for jazz is the Doblo Wine Bar. Located in the 7th district, there’s live music every night and wine tastings that offer incredible value for money.
Come to Budapest in August and head for the island of Obuda, just outside the city. The island hosts Sziget Festival, Budapest’s answer to the ‘Burning Man’ festival. This week-long event attracts international artists and DJs. Summer is also a great time to explore the city’s ‘kerts’ or pop-up bars and garden pubs. Dotted across the city in parks and courtyards (often tucked away), they’re the ideal place to enjoy an ice cold beer or Froccs (Hungarian wine spritzer) with friends.
The city has a reputation for getting pretty wild, and the best place to head if you want to be at the heart of the action is the A38. One of the city’s top clubs and pubs, A38 is set aboard a 1938 Ukrainian cargo ship. With live bands and top DJs, a huge music hall and four themed bars, you’re sure to have an amazing night out. For a more chilled out evening, head to the top deck where there’s a restaurant and bar offering a relaxed vibe and delicious nautical dining, with spectacular sea views.
City breaks to Budapest have something to offer everyone, and when it comes to Budapest nightlife, you’ll really be spoilt for choice. Whether you prefer sophisticated restaurants and wine bars, cosy cellar pubs or clubs that play the best tunes until the sun comes up, you’re sure to have many fantastic nights out.