Also known as the Jewish Quarter, Budapest’s District 7 is where you’ll experience the truly unique, new wave of ‘ruin pubs’. Occupying formerly dilapidated buildings, squares and courtyards, these newly renovated and super-cool bars are now the party scene of Pest’s biggest draw. The Big Daddy of ruin bars is Szimpla Kert, a firm favourite among tourists, with every nook and cranny filled with bric-a-brac, graffiti, art and even an old Trabant car.
You’ve also got Doboz, the first all-season ruin bar with two dancefloors, an illuminated drinking courtyard with a tree growing from the centre, and a huge ape climbing it. The biggest ruin bar in Budapest, Instant, features 26 rooms, seven bars, two gardens and seven stages – with an eclectic mix of whacky rooms, not to mention the cast-off dentist’s chair and herd of plastic bunnies running around the ceiling. The area is also home to many kosher cafes and restaurants, as well as some quirky, alternative cocktail bars with inventive cocktail menus to match – including Warmup Bar, whose extensive drinks menu boasts premium spirits and edible, molecular cocktails.
Alive with a heavier, debauchery-laden party scene, District 6 is all outdoor drinking, beautiful Hungarian women and late night entertainment. Comprising of seven grand buildings and their courtyards, the famous Gozsdu Udvar is a 24/7 festival square on the borders of the district, with all the spirit of a beer garden on a sunny day in the UK, but miles cheaper beer. As the night wears on, the infamous 4Play Lounge is the finest strip club in the whole of the city, with premium interiors and the most attractive girls waiting for you…
District 5 may be the financial, commercial and touristic centre of Hungary with grand architecture and iconic attractions, but its trendy super-clubs are a night out in fast forward. Lining the east side of the Danube, this district has busy bars with live bands and famous DJs, open-air dance floors – we’re looking at you, Otkert – and late night party venues serving potent froccs (Budapest’s famous drink) ‘til the early hours.
Located on District 5’s perimeter, and built in the courtyard of a gigantic middle-class mansion, the high-end Hello Baby omits character like nothing you’ve ever seen before – think three floors of ceiling-bound acrobatics, projections on the walls and huge transparent balloons suspended in mid-air.
Szechenyi Thermal Baths
Pool parties don’t come bigger or better than this. Get in on the action at Szechenyi Thermal Baths, where you can bathe, relax and drink from the poolside bar in two thermal springs. Famous for its summer night spa parties, the Budapest Baths are definitely worth a visit. Which stag doesn’t want to drink ice cool beer, surrounded by bikini clad worldies, in a 75 degree thermal pool? (Note: the answer is none).
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