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  • Writer's pictureVicky Lopez

Uncovering Budapest's Best Kept Secrets: A Guide to the top 3 Ruin Bars (and exactly what they are).

Discover Budapest's Ruin Bars

Budapest is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and thermal baths. But one of the city's most unique and popular attractions that often goes under the radar is the Ruin Bars.

What are Ruin Bars?

Ruin Bars are derelict buildings, abandoned factories, or outdoor spaces that have been transformed into quirky and eclectic bars. The bars are adorned with vintage furniture, colorful street art, and funky décor, creating a cozy and intimate atmosphere that's perfect for grabbing a drink and socializing with locals and fellow travelers.

Why are Ruin Bars Popular in Budapest?

Ruin bars are popular in Budapest because of the city’s love for creativity and innovation. The bars are part of an urban renewal trend that started in the early 2000s and has become a staple in the city's nightlife ever since.

Experience Budapest's Nightlife

Exploring Budapest's Ruin Bars is not just about drinking and partying; it’s about experiencing the city's artisan culture, unique aesthetics, and vibrant community. So, the next time you find yourself in Budapest, be sure to check out the Ruin Bars for a memorable and authentic nightlife experience.

Three of the Best

Whether you're in your 60s or any other age, exploring Budapest's best ruin bars is a must-do! Here are the three best ruin bars you won't want to miss:

Szimpla Kert

Szimpla Kert is the OG of ruin bars in Budapest. This iconic spot has been a local favorite since 2002, and it's not hard to see why. Upon entering, you'll feel like you've stepped into a whimsical wonderland. The space is filled with unique art, colorful neon lights, disco balls, '90s TVs, and plants hanging from the ceiling. It's no wonder that Szimpla Kert is often referred to as the coolest bar in town.

But it's not just the decor that makes this bar stand out. They also have a weekend farmers market where you can indulge in locally grown fruits and vegetables, bread, cheese, honey, and mouth-watering Hungarian street food. If you're looking for souvenirs, you can also find handcrafted products for sale.


The Ultimate Party Destination in Budapest

If you're looking for a party destination that will blow your mind, look no further than Instant/Fogas in Budapest. As Europe's largest party complex, Instant/Fogas is sure to exceed your expectations with its unique atmosphere and endless entertainment options.

Located in a converted apartment building, Instant/Fogas boasts an impressive seven floors, 18 bars, and two gardens, making it Budapest's largest ruin bar. Once separate ruin bars, Instant and Fogasház combined forces to create the ultimate party destination.

As soon as you step inside, you'll be transported to a different world. The themed rooms with theatrical decor in typical ruin bar style are perfect for taking pictures and capturing memories with friends. And, if you're a fan of dance floors, you'll be in heaven with seven separate clubs, each featuring music for just about every taste.

Although drinks at Instant/Fogas are slightly more expensive than other bars in Budapest, it's still cheaper than most of Western Europe. Plus, entry is free, making it accessible to everyone. Another unique feature is that drinks are served in refundable eco cups with a token, so you can party without worrying about adding to the world's waste.

If you're unsure of where to start your party night in Budapest, Instant/Fogas is the perfect place. Whether you're looking to end your night here or party from dusk 'til dawn, you won't be disappointed. However, be prepared for a little tourist vibe because this place is everyone's favorite.

In summary, Instant/Fogas is the ultimate party destination in Budapest. With its unique atmosphere, endless entertainment options, and eco-friendly approach, it's sure to make your party night a memorable one. So, gather your friends, put on your dancing shoes, and head on over to Instant/Fogas for the time of your life.

Csendes Létterem - Vintage Bar & Cafe

Welcome to Csendes Léterem - Vintage Bar & Cafe!

If you're looking for a charming and relaxed atmosphere in the heart of downtown Budapest, then Csendes Léterem is the place to be. This vintage bar and cafe is not your typical ruin bar, but rather a place to unwind with friends and enjoy a bottle of wine or craft beer.

Csendes Létterem

The decor of this bar is truly unique, with every chair different from the next and walls covered in an array of interesting objects like bikes, mannequins, and even Barbie dolls. Despite the eclectic decor, the atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable.

Make your way to Csendes during the summer months and you'll be treated to an outdoor seating area at the entrance of Károlyi-Kert, the most beautiful park in Budapest. With fairy lights illuminating the area, it's the perfect spot to spend those warm summer nights in the quiet surroundings of downtown Pest.

While the cocktail selection isn't the greatest, the beer and wine options more than makeup for it. Csendes also offers limited food options, so we recommend grabbing a slice of pizza from nearby Manu+ (the best pizza in Budapest, by the way!).

Csendes is often overlooked by tourists who flock to the more popular ruin bars like Szimpla Kert or Instant, giving it a more local feel. So why not explore this hidden gem the next time you're in Budapest?

If a ruin bar is not your scene - I have plenty of other ideas for Budapest! Give me a call or message me and we'll chat (or you can schedule a chat below).


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