Best Spots for Outdoor Drinking in Budapest

June 29, 2017 | Andrew
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If the holiday booze budget it getting a little low, but the sun is high in the sky, then the obvious solution for you and your mates to keep last night’s hangover from crash landing. is a little outdoor drinking.

Luckily Budapest’s outdoor cafe scene is booming and coppers here have a relaxed attitude to drinking in public, and while we wouldn’t recommend going in for a fist-bump with them beer in hand, you certainly won’t catch any heat sat on a park bench somewhere.

So, in the spirit of helping you get your alfresco buzz on - we’ve compiled this list of great outdoor drinking spots in the city.


Erzsebet Square


Right in the heart of Budapest, next to the bustling Jewish Quarter, this old bus depot is now a green spot surrounded by bars and complete with an underground nightclub beneath your feet - most people, however, forego these rather expensive options and bring a crate of beer instead.


You’re free to sit anywhere you like - but don’t go paddling in the pond unless you want a screaming at by some burly security guards - and chug a beer. Just be sure to pick up your trash. And if you need a pee then be prepared to throw down 1 Euro at the aforementioned nightclub or hold it in.


Balna Building

The Balna Building is a big glass building that looks rather like a hungry whale and sits on the riverbank the opposite side of Gellert Hill. It’s got several rather fancy cafes on the terrace and Jonas Bar which serves some great craft beers.


Or, if you’re on a budget and fancy a picnic, go next door to the newly renovated and ever so charming Nehru Park.


Margit Island

A park on an island - an oasis of calm in this hectic city. Head over Margit Bridge and down onto the island for an afternoon of tranquil drinking. There are several cool terrace bars, and food and drink stands if you want to grab something to go.


If you want to DIY your day drinking then be sure to bring your own beers as those food stands get expensive and there are no shops nearby. And if you don’t fancy the grass, the whole island is lined by a sloping runoff into the water which is a great place to sit and take in the view.


Liberty Hill

Want to get your drink on with a view? Then head up Liberty Hill, one of the most iconic hilltops in Budapest, thanks to the ever-impressive Liberty Statue - a relic from Communist times that watches over the city to remind it of the past.


Once you’re up there, you’ve got several options. You can stand under the statue itself and gaze out over Pest. it’s a bit touristy there though so we recommend heading off to Philosopher’s Garden just nearby - the surrounding park rewards you with a panoramic view of Buda and Pest as far along as Margit Island.


City Park

A little tatty and unloved - but undergoing a multi-year spruce up - City Park is one of the biggest and oldest parks in the city. If you do a Beer Bike on your trip, you’ll probably end up there, but otherwise, you can reach it by walking up the grand Andrassy Avenue - you’ll know you’ve made it when you catch sight of the magnificent tower and arches of Hero’s Square.


Again, it’s a great place for a picnic, but while you’re there, we heartily recommend you stop by Kertem, an outdoor bar that’s absolutely legendary among locals - firstly for its great atmosphere, but also because of the juicy Balkans Burgers that it serves hot and fresh until early in the morning.


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And so, there you have it, who’d have thought such a bustling capital city could have so much green space to explore. Of course if you like to get off the beaten track and see the parts of the city that no one else goes to, then just grab a beer to go and wander. You’ll be surprised just how many hidden grassy spots there are tucked away in quiet neighborhoods.

Enjoy!


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