If you’re in Budapest, you must visit one of their increasingly famous “ruin pubs.” These hip hang outs are unworthy-turned-unique hot spots for locals, travelers and everyone in between.
These bars are located in old abandoned buildings that have been converted into functional art exhibits. They’re decorated with a mix of thrift store treasures and new abstract paintings, retro seating and modern lighting. Most offer an inviting patio, spotted with funky string lights and flickering candles.
Most of the ruin pubs are located in Budapests’ Seventh District, where a former Jewish community thrived. After World War II, the area was left neglected and dilapidated. Now, in the streets surrounding the Great Synagogue, ruin pubs, wine bars, and coffee houses bring new life to the district.
The first, and most famous ruin pub, is Szimpla kert. They offer several different rooms, each with it’s own atmosphere, and a lively music scene on the weekends. Csak Art Bar is a newcomer to the scene offering live piano, pinball machines, and surrealist paintings adorning the walls.
Plan to visit a few of these pubs in between the Buda Castle, the House of Terror, and the Mathias Church.
Ruinpubs.com offers a list of pubs in Budapest with menus and opening hours.
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