Best LGBTQ+ Friendly Bars in Budapest

October 11, 2018 | Lauren
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Hungary is not well known for being super liberal, but LGBTQ+ travelers will be pleased to hear that Budapest is a lot more liberal than the rest of the country, and has increasingly more queer-friendly bars popping up across the city.



If you’re travelling with a partner then mostly it’s fine to be open (from our experience) although it’s always wise not to overdo public displays of affection on the streets themselves, as the older generations sometimes aren’t quite as understanding as younger residents of Budapest. That being said, there are plenty of places to let loose and enjoy yourself without any worries at all! Whether for guys, for girls, or any other folx, we’re here to tell you where to go partying in Budapest that’s both queer-friendly and fun.


WHY NOT CAFE AND BAR


A lot of the bars and clubs in this list are only open at the weekend (or are monthly events), but Why Not Cafe and Bar is open Monday through Sunday every single week. Bear in mind it doesn’t open until late afternoon though, and doesn’t pick up until a little later in the evening! With a truly mixed crowd, Why Not is definitely worth visiting, whether you’re an LGBTQ+ backpacker, traveller, or studying abroad in Budapest. If you’re a karaoke fan, then make sure to visit them on a Tuesday night to sing your heart out.



ALTEREGO CLUB


Probably the most famous of the city’s gay clubs, Alterego offers what you would expect as standard in most mainstream gay bars. Sometimes there’s karaoke, there are always drag queens, and while there are a mixture of people there, in our experience it is mostly made up of a crowd for guys. Don’t be put off though folx, take a crew and represent - we did and it was a lot of fun! Like a lot of the LGBTQ+ offerings across the city, it’s only open at the weekends, so visit on a Friday or a Saturday to avoid disappointment. There’s a small cover charge to get in, but it never exceeds 2,000huf (6 euro). Bargain! And if you’re going to go there clubbing then there’s a perfect LGBTQ+ friendly pre-drinking bar just a couple of streets over called 10 Sixty-Six.



10 SIXTY-SIX


While not specifically labelled as an LGBTQ+ bar, 10 Sixty-Six is a beautiful basement bar whose slogan is “Be Yourself” and promote general inclusivity and intersectionality every day of the week. Located just a couple of streets over from Alterego Club (and well situated to other ruin bars and things to do in Budapest) it’s the perfect place to go for a relaxed pre-drink before letting loose on the dancefloor. Check out their enormous rainbow road shots-train they set up for Budapest Pride that features briefly in this video.



ANKER’T


Not only is Anker’t one of the city’s most famous ruin bars, it’s also where to go if you want an inclusive gay party on a Friday night. Popular with everyone from backpackers to expats to locals, visiting Anker’t is up there on the list of things to do when it comes to Friday nightlife, however you identify.



WOW (WOMEN ON WOMEN) QUEER NIGHT

One for the girls and their friends! A lady-leaning monthly dance-pop party that’s for the hippest queers and their friends. Check out the WOW Facebook page to see their upcoming events, and if it fits with your travel schedule (and tastes) then make sure you hit up this party when you’re in Budapest.


HELLO
Another inclusive monthly LGBTQ+ party night for all you pop music fans, each with its own theme. Whether it’s Britney v Christina; to celebrate pop diva Beyonce’s birthday; or just a general girl power theme, be prepared to party the night away. Shake it, divas!


VIBE
An alternative monthly party series for a mixed LGBTQ+ crowd at various venues across the city. From queer boat parties to rainbow parties at Budapest Park to more standard club nights, it’s worth checking out if there are any events on while you’re in the city.


GARÇONS
You might not be too surprised to hear that this particular party in Budapest is aimed at men-only. This isn’t just any gay party though, this party is self-proclaimed as for men who are “fashion junkies, posers, models, art-heads, and other freaks”. If you want to take part in some chic Budapest clubbing then this is where to go.


ÖSZTROSOKK
And to keep things balanced, here’s another one for women. This is another monthly party, this time aimed specifically at lesbian women (and sometimes is inclusive of their friends also). This one is mostly attended by locals, but as with any party night, it’s always a good time if you take a good crew of friends with you!


OMOH
Describing themselves as only “HOUSE HOUSE COMMANDO”, OMOH is here and queer and ready to show you a good time. More underground in its musical tastes than most queer nights you’ll find in the city, its monthly parties are found across a variety of venues in the city. If you’re into techno, electronica, or even some soulful house on occasion then this is what to do in Budapest to get the party started and get involved in the queer nightlife.


It’s also worth mentioning that there is currently talk of the area around Alterego Club and 10 Sixty-Six becoming some sort of official LGBTQ+ quarter of the city, with some new bars opening up soon! So there may be even more than what’s on this list in the very near future.

Whatever bars, clubs or parties you hit up while in Budapest, we hope you enjoy all the fun nightlife the city has to offer. Have you been to any other fun LGBTQ+ friendly venues in Budapest that you think we’ve missed from our list? Let us know in the comments below so we can go and check them out too!

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