The pre-game. An integral part of any proper night out, the mood and pace of which can determine the level of debauchery for the night to come. Getting it right is as much about what you drink, as it is where you drink it - and in Budapest, you’re spoiled for choice. Let us take a look at some of our favorite places.
Assuming you come to Budapest when the weather is good and the skies are clear, you’re sure to find Kőleves buzzing with throngs of thirsty sun-seekers. It’s a cute little garden bar, next to its indoor brother, and has ample seating (that still seems to fill fast), a great range of beers and cocktails as well as a kitchen dolling out decent local nosh.
If you’re looking for a slow lead-up, start here around mid-afternoon and then push on to one of the dozens of ruin pubs within crawling distance.
If, on the other hand, the weather isn’t good, or you feel like starting inside, head down into the depths of El Rapido, a basement bar with reputedly the largest selection of Tequila in the city. Whether that’s true or not, there’s certainly enough to have you on your ass in no time, and a truly kitsch collection of old toys and knick knacks decorating the walls.
Best of all, they let customers pick the music on YouTube - so you can turn this into your very own little house party.
Moving away from the city center a little and over to the very charming City Park, Kertem is a much-beloved summer hang out for locals, which has been forced to move locations around the park almost every year as the steady gentrification and renovation of this green area continues.
Yes, it has alcohol, but the real reason we’re giving this place a shout out is their famous Balkan Burger - literally the best cheeseburger we’ve ever tasted.
A river with a view - Budapest has one, and boy could it not be any more epic, especially around sunset. One perfect places to toast the start of your next best night out ever is Bálna Terasz, which sits on the riverbank opposite Gellert Hill.
Grab a beer, cocktail, or whatever tipple takes your fancy, pull up a seat and watch the water, and the world go by.
Did you know, the park next to Deak Square used to be a run-down bus station. Nowadays it’s one of those ‘see and be seen’ sort of places, and spends it’s summer being descended upon by just about everyone in the city (or at least it feels that way when you’re trying to find a place to sit) - this is the closest thing you’ll get to a city festival without having to pay for it.
Fröccsterasz sits right in the center and is the place to get drinks or shapes and sizes. Get one and sit at the tables, or just take it back with you to wherever your mates are an enjoy.
Yeh, it’s the best nightlife spot in town, but did you know it’s open pretty much all day and has a brunch club for those so inclined. You can also just sit out in the courtyard, drink, and grab munch from the restaurant upstairs whenever you get hungry.
And, when the night kicks off, you don’t even have to move to get started - lazy day drinkers rejoice!
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