Ruin pubs? What the heck?
This may sound new if you never been to Budapest, but old timer tourists know that these are some of the best nightlife spots to visit in the city.
Basically these are bars in ruin, but set in very neat Monarchy era buildings. Instead of being renovated and made into high quality pubs they keep their run down exterior. They are usually furnished with vintage communist era artefacts and are filled with that eccentric hipster aesthetic. You can find them all over the 7th District (the party district), and AllNightCrash also offers a Budapest Pub Crawl in which they offer a crawl which specializes in going to many of these ruin bars.
All of these places have their own unique atmosphere, and we compiled a cool list of the ones we like the most. Start with our video, if you did not watch it yet!
Szimpla Kert is one of the first ruin pubs in the 7th District, dating all the way back in the early 2000s. These days it’s still one of the most famous ones amongst tourists. No doubt it has a character: when entering you feel as though you are in an interesting museum of forgotten basement or attic relics, where you can sit in bathtub coaches, or have a drink at a Trabant car table. However on making a few steps more, you can also listen to (nowadays underground) live concerts, or even watch a movie.
Address: Budapest, Kazinczy utca 14, 1075
IF (Instant & Fogasház)
The above mentioned two ruin bars merged into one huge complex last year. It's a magical never ending labyrinth! But also this is a club like party centre where you can find nice and soft acoustic concerts as well as hard beat drum and bass, electro music or even classic hip-hop. 15 bars and 8 dance floors makes certain that everybody will find someone they like.
They say this unique ruin pub is as famous as the Parliament, Hero’s Square and the Fisherman’s Bastion put together. Definitely a must see place in Hungary!
Do you want more info and to see it with your own eyes? Check out our video up there!
Live concerts and the best parties afterwards! If you are looking for a place where there's always a happy crowd dancing all night long then you've found it! Ellátóház is a great place if you are open to popular and also retro dance music. Here you can dance to the best dance music all the way back to the Spice Girls. Check out the happy crowd dancing like there is no tomorrow in our video!
Upstairs it is also a party hostel called Hive, so you don't have to go far if you’ve got tired of having fun.
Address: Budapest, Dob utca 19, 1074
Just a few steps from the Opera you can find Anker't, one of Budapest’s biggest beer gardens. At the huge counter you can order a great Pilsner, have some street food and watch a game on the large projector. You can also listen to the coolest underground DJs spin some records.
For those who are looking for something different they regularly hold slam poetry evenings for those blessed with greater cultural sensitivity. Anker’t is characterised by tasty foods, minimalist design and a unique atmosphere. Four-legged guests are welcome as well!
On Sundays, “Antik Placc” awaits treasure hunters in Anker’t with antique, designer and retro kitsch.
The place is filled with local people and lots of expats as well.
Anker’t also got a place in our vlog! ;)
Address: Budapest, Paulay Ede utca 33, 1061
Retox pub and party hostel
As the party hostel's website make it clear right away: "this is not a place where people come to cleanse, rejuvenate or detox. It’s a place where people come to drink, get wild and RETOX."
If you would like to experience the crazy nightlife of Budapest, this is the right place. It is located in Budapest’s 6th district in the heart of the downtown, close to all the nightlife hot spots.
See the crowd playing their regular drinking games in our video ;)
Address: Budapest, Ó utca 41, 1066
Corvin Club (Corvintető)
Looking for a mindblowing electric party in a truly extraordinary surrounding? Or just would like to have a drink with a breathtaking view on the busy city's calm rooftops?
Then Corvintető is your place to be! You can find this club next to Blaha Lujza square, on the top of an old shopping centre.
Apart from its legendary electronic music events, Corvin Club also has place for concerts, cultural events and exhibitions as well.
Check out the breathtaking panorama of this rooftop club in our video, see you next time standing there with us!
Address: Budapest, Blaha Lujza tér 1-2, 1085
Apart from the huge fig tree in the middle of the bar, this place is truly well known for its reasonable prices!
Cheap drinks and a big game room with all the fun you need.. seems like a perfect place to start an evening! Oh, and they have Guinness!! Our favourite of all!
We always start the night here. Just as we started our video. ;)
Address: Budapest, Klauzál utca 19, 1072
We cannot forget to mention a place which is crowded every weekend, although it's not in downtown! The building was part of ELTE (Eötvös Loránd University) until 2008. But since then, it is one of the most epic places to go if you are looking for good live music, as well as an open air chat with your friends with pebbles under your feet.
The club's musical profile is very colourful. Here you can find all music from rock, hip-hop to electronic music, the bar not only supports well-known artists but up and coming musicians and bands as well.
At weekend daytimes the garden gives place for different markets, for example “Gardrób Bazár”, a huge second hand and vintage clothing gathering.
Address: Budapest, Ajtósi Dürer sor 19-21, 1146
All ruin pubs have a history, they were not ruin bars always :) This one for example used to be a car mechanic shop! That’s why it’s name is Kuplung which means: clutch. But now, after almost 10 years of functioning as a pub, featuring a blend of urban art pieces and minimalist design, it is one of the oldest ones in downtown. Besides the regular parties, this local full of interesting people offers plenty drink discounts and broadcasting of sports events as well.
Address: Budapest, Király utca 46, 1061
Grandio Jungle Bar and Hostel
This ruin pub and hostel is located in a 170 year old heritage building, with a facade decorated by local and international street artists.
The place is all about drinking, and getting over it the next day in the balmy shadows of the inside garden, surrounded by plants and trees. But do not expect too much sleep if you are planning to stay in the hostel upstairs!
In summer the courtyard bar is the big hit, while in the winter you can hide from the cold weather in a room especially for drinking games.
Address: Budapest, Nagy Diófa utca 8, 1075
We hope you saw our video blog, where you could see 6 of these pubs, how they look like in life.. And if you did not see it, well check it out because we shared some more info there that you should not miss.. Plus we filmed one additional ruin bar in it, named Ekert (a.k.a Ellátókert).
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