The Best Places to Drink Outdoors in Budapest

June 25, 2018 | Andrew
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The sun is out and bars cost money - so with that in mind, why not take your boozing outdoors and ensure you get that essential boost of vitamin D while you get your day drunk on.

Luckily, Budapest is not short on cool outdoor spots, so you might have to stick around a little while if you want to see them all.


Here are a few of the coolest:


Margit Island


It’s a whole island made of park - how cool is that? Accessed from an off-ramp on Margit Bridge, it’s our favorite oasis from the chaos of downtown Budapest. Big enough that it would take you almost an hour to walk the perimeter - and with a running track in case you’re crazy enough to want that - there is loads to do here.


Picnicking is the obvious, but you’ll be fighting others for the prime spots. Otherwise, there are more than a few bars and cafes on the island, as well as a water park, a stadium and some sort of LOTR like watchtower in the center that sometimes does concerts.


And, it’s open 24/7, so late night fun is very much possible as well.




Gellert Hill


This one’s easy to find, it’s the big hill with the tall statue - the statue being the only Communist one that didn’t get ripped down in 1989, and a sort of symbol of freedom ever since.


History lesson aside, the statue is surrounded on all sides by parkland and great views, either over the Buda half of the city or down either side of the Danube river. So, if you don’t mind the climb, this is perfect day drinking spot if you’re a budding photographer.




Roman Beaches


Yep, you heard right. Budapest, in fact, has something at least partially resembling a beach - a small strip of sandy bank on the northern Buda side of the Danube. There is a cool bar there, but you can also just BYOB and enjoy yourself.


You can take the local train, but there is also a cycling path which is highly recommended if you’re not too hungover and it doesn’t feel too much like work. And for the real adventures, there is also the chance to rent kayaks and row around a bit.




City Park


Known to some as Budapest’s less cool park, simply because it’s not an island, this place is worth a shout mainly because it has way fewer tourists, and because it’s home to Szechenyi Baths, making it a great place for a post-bath lounge session.


It’s a bit rough around the edges here, but that just adds to the charm. There are several really great bars here - like Kertem and Durer Kert, and in what we think is something you can literally never be too old of - there is the chance to rent novelty paddle boats and joyride around a knee-deep extended puddle of water. Something even drunk you should be able to pull off.




Erzsebet Square


You probably saw this place when you hopped off the bus from the airport - a small patch of grass with a massive fairground wheel and a whole load of people. Erzsebet Square used to be a shabby bus station, but it’s now where all the Hungarian teenagers and eager tourists go to get drunk.


If you can fight off a band of rowdy teenagers for some precious sit down space then you’re in luck. There are several bottle shops nearby, a few outdoor bars for the lazy, and even the chance to go to the toilet if you’re willing to pay.


And, the most exciting thing about this place? Without fail, every 10 minutes someone will decide to chance it jumping into the little pond they have, only to be chased off by a burly security man hovering close by.


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