With the weather warming up, there is no better time than now to grab some of your friends and explore the rarely frequented but colourful parts of Buda. On your outing, visit some of the most atmospheric pubs in the city, where you may jump in for a drink or two. Below, we give you some of our recommendations.
You will hardly find a better place than Budai Kuckó if you are looking for a place with a retro style, as they are few and far between. This quaint pub, loved by the locals, will take you back in time, evoking the Hungarian ’80s with checkered tablecloths and similar furnishings. Take a seat on the terrace and enjoy the soft spring breeze with your friends. While you are here, make sure to check the menu, as Budai Kuckó not only serves drinks but also food.
1126 Budapest, Ugocsa u. 2.
If retro is not to your fancy, and you would rather visit a place that has a livelier spirit, Hello Bar, located in the beautiful Rózsadomb, is your destination. Located on the grounds of Hello Buda, a fresh market and gastronomic courtyard, Hello Bar is the perfect place for anyone, no matter if you drop in for a hot drink or to party with your friends. This two-floor pub welcomes visitors from all around Budapest, not just the locals and regulars. The establishment has its own DJ, ensuring that every get-together there will be joyful and memorable.
1025 Budapest, Törökvész út 93/A
For those who are more on the individualist and quirky side, Calgary Drinkbar will prove to be the hidden gem you were looking for all along. Both a pub and an antique store, Calgary Antik Drinkbar has enjoyed wide success since 1993. Defying descriptions, this must-visit bar will certainly leave an impression on you, with its cosy and welcoming atmosphere. With Vicky at the helm, the owner of the bar who is just as eccentric as the decor around her, all who have an artistic bone in their body will find their stay most agreeable.
Budapest, Frankel Leó u. 24.
Previously known as Ganz Beer Manufactury, this mainly outdoor pub will prove to be a relaxing hangout spot. Known for its varied selection of craft beers, Ganz is still popular with the regulars but managed to attract even more visitors since rebranding. There is nothing better to do on a hot summer day than sit back, with quality and reasonably priced beer in hand, taking in the peaceful surroundings: sprawling ivy branches all around, protecting you from the heat.
1027 Budapest, Ganz u. 6.