The popular travel site, Lonely Planet recently shared an article about the smart solution of 360 Bar, which set up igloos on its rooftop terrace to attract guests even on the coldest days. Quite a unique way to spend a winter night, right?

We also mentioned the igloos of 360 Bar briefly in our ‘5 amazing places in Budapest you must visit in winter’ article, but since it attracted the attention of the international press, we thought it would be useful to share some details.

Lonely Planet originates the idea from the Coppa Club Bar and Restaurant in London, which was the first to set up similar igloos. Since then, the pop-up PVC pods made it into the heart of Europe, as well.


Rooftop bars have become quite a hit in the past years, and they are especially popular in the summer months. The owners of 360 Bar, located on the top of the tallest building of the Andrássy Avenue, came up with a brilliant idea to make the rooftop bar enjoyable even in the coldest days of winter: igloos.

The owners found the best way to keep the breath-taking view – the Parliament, Saint Stephen’s Basilica, the Buda Castle, the Citadel – while making the bar weatherproof at the same time.

The igloos, which are essentially transparent zip-up domes, are kept warm with electric heaters but you can also snuggle in the blankets draped over the stylish furniture. Six igloos have been set up on the rooftop, which can fit eight to nine people along with three tables “each designed with an individual theme from ski-chalet chic to wintertime palm house”.


The article concludes that further igloo bars will probably open in the future, but for now, “if you’re visiting the Hungarian capital, make sure you book ahead to get your own table in one of these igloos to see what the fuss is all about”.

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