What is a ruin bar?
Cooler than cool and unique to the Hungarian capital, ruin bars are ever-popular drinking spots inside the city’s impressive pre-war buildings.
A firm favourite among students and tourists, you’re guaranteed a buzzy atmosphere no matter which night of the week you visit, making ruin bars the perfect addition to any itinerary.
The one that stands out among the rest, Szimpla Kert is Budapest’s most iconic ruin bar and a joint you absolutely must visit while you’re there. This makeshift bar occupies a dilapidated pre-war building, packed with vintage and second-hand furniture picked up at clearance sales and who-knows-where.
The cool yet relaxing atmosphere of this part-open-air pub is perfect for an early evening drink, while later in the night Szimpla Kert is a great place to dance.Mazel Tov Budapest
If you’re into the idea of a ruin bar, but you’re looking for something a little sleeker, choose Mazel Tov. This cultural hub has all the best of a ruin bar – think a deteriorating façade and historic building – with a streamlined and comfortable finish. The garden area is bursting with trees, plants, and herbs, while unbeatable food and drinks seal its position as one of the best ruin-style bars in the city.
Hidden in a central backstreet, Anker’t is one of Budapest’s largest ruin bars and well worth a visit while you’re in the city. Swing through by day for great vegan food and ever-changing markets, events, and good vibes. At night, Anker’t lends its stage to local and guest DJ’s as well as LGBTQ+ collectives.
Doboz, which translates to ‘box’, is a sleek ruin bar with an open courtyard space, perfect for summer nights or a breath of fresh air year-round. There are three rooms to explore, each playing different genres to a young and stylish crowd. If the night’s dancing has you feeling hungry, grab a burger, hot dog, or pizza and refuel before heading home.
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