The best activities to lead up to your Budapest Boat Party!
The Perfect Boat Party Pre-Game Plan
So, you and your crew are in Budapest and it’s the night of the boat party. A momentous occasion for sure, and one that requires that you get adequately warmed up for fear of arriving onboard a little too sober and serious to enjoy yourself.
In the spirit of making certain you have the best night possible, we’ve put this little guide together to give you some ideas on how to pregame for the big night.
A little sightseeing
Sure you came to Budapest for the nightlife, but it’s worth noting that this city is a little bit historically and culturally special as well. With lots of old buildings and nice sights, it’s well worth seeing a few while you’re here.
If you don’t fancy walking, and riding a bike involves just a little too much responsibility, then we suggest you hop on a beer bike instead. Simply grab your mates (or some willing compatriots from your hostel) and hop aboard what is essentially a moving, beer dispensing, banter encouraging, city tour on wheels.
Cover a few of the main spots, while chugging back beers, listening to music and having a laugh with your friends and just about anyone else that passes you in the street.
Oh, and peddling - sorry you have to do a bit of that as well, otherwise it won’t be much of a tour.
A proper bite to eat
As you might have heard, people party late in Budapest and there really is no such thing as last orders if you know the right places. With that in mind, heading out on an empty stomach is a recipe for an embarrassingly early night and some next-day shaming.
When it comes to food, this city has plenty of options. If you’re the sort of person with a ‘When in Rome’ motto, then a langosh is about as local as you can get when it comes to greasy foods. Think deep fried dough, doused in garlic (might want to leave that bit out!), then covered in sour cream, and then further slathered in grated cheese. It tastes delicious and you can find a few places offering it all over town, some 24 hours.
If you want something more home comforting, then head over to Karavan, a new-ish outdoor food court located on Kazinczy Street - the party street of Budapest - and look out for it just a few doors down from the famous Szimpla. Inside you’ll find all sorts, from burgers, to Thai, to Mexican and even a deep fried cheese joint (and actually a langosh place as well).
Drinking games at the party hostels.
Sufficiently filled, it’s time to start drinking. To do so surrounded by like-minded people, we recommend heading over to one of the famous party hostels - either Grandio or Retox. Both coordinate a variety of themed nights (check out their website for the specifics), and both guarantee a debauched time for anyone brave enough to set foot through their doors.
Try a Pint Skull to see how quickly you can down a pint of beer, a Stawpedo if you’re feeling nostalgic and a Rainbow Road if you like your drinks all colourful like. Pick the right day and you can also catch the legendary Alcohol Olympics or the Jager Train.
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