The city impressed us with its ruin clubs and bars which are designed and functioning with so much taste! And guess what, I’m talking about bars and nightlife in Budapest on Monday 🙂 We stayed on Pest side which allowed us to be close to all hottest spots in the city, I even made a walking clubbing itinerary for us – 1st bar 17 min from home, 2nd club – 10 min from home, 3rd bar – 4 min from home. This made me understand that definitely the best nightlife areas in Budapest are in Pest, whilst Buda is quiet, royal and classy. But lets go ahead and check out my selection of bars and nightlife in Budapest!
Spring Terrace of Akvárium Klub – open air drinks
Spring Terrace of Akvárium Klub impresses by blooming design outdoors, and the fact that you are actually within an aquarium once inside (you’ll see:) Well, since the indoor area is mostly for kids – cinema, art space, even castings are held here, we enjoyed the buzzing outdoor terrace with drinks, music, lots of locals and almost no tables/chairs available. I’d recommend to take a glass of Hungarian champagne and enjoy the sunset, and take any chair from anywhere, because no one really cares how you ‘settle down’ there.
One of the best ruin bars in Budapest, but very quiet as the name says
Csendes Bar (meaning quiet bar) – an extraordinary designed ruin bar with toys, bicycles, parts of mannequins handing from the walls and ceiling. As it’s name states, it’s not a dancing-shouting place, but a very artistic bar for those who prefer meaningful conversations with a glass of Hungarian sparkling (typical me…) They even close quite early, or just that was a Monday, and they closed at around 11.
The most famous ruin bar in Budapest and best clubbing experience in the city
Szimpla Kert – szimpla means simple, however the place is anything but simple, it’s very hard to describe, so I encourage you to visit it asap ?
Imagine you are entering a closed courtyard (a very large one), with bars all around you, crazy British (read drunk) guys having their bachelor party, even more crazy locals, and many expats, dancing just in the middle of the yard, preventing you from moving forward, everything is lighty-shiny as a x-mas tree. Then at the end you’ll face a huge screen with a smart, (muted), movie, which no one actually watches, but it’s so cool to see it there, and stare if you can’t find a spot to niche yourself. And voila, there are some crazy, iron stairs leading upstairs where you’ll find a concert room (with a band actually recording), and another endless labyrinth of bars, so you can in fact spend a few hours by just entering a door, and finding another one to enter, endless… Then you’ll reach a small courtyard (mainly used in old times to dry laundry surrounded by balconies), and again stairs but now within a multi-floor stairway taking you downstairs.
It’s an ideal place for those Alices which always dreamed to find themselves in Wonderland ? After spending there a while I can’t believe there might be something more impressive in Budapest in terms of nightlife (but I’ll come back to double check!)
The most popular, not-to-miss, club in Budapest
As the 3rd in my list I had Instant – the biggest ruin pub in the city, and actually is among the clubs in Budapest open on Monday (I wish I took a photo of that queue on Monday night))))
But guess what, after Szimpla we were even more satisfied than expected, so seeing a huge queue to enter Instant we decided to leave the place for the next time. What I know about Instant from my research: it’s the most famous nightlife spot in Budapest, hiding 4 dance floors, 8 bars and a restaurant inside. If you visited the Parliament, the Fisherman’s Bastion, then Instant is another sight to see and not to miss.
I hope you visit these places and let me know how is the nightlife in Budapest now? Still buzzing? Or even more? 😉 Get inspired by my experience in Budapest here