Top 3 Ruin Bars in Budapest
Budapest is known for being one of the best party cities in Europe. The unique part about Budapest's nightlife is the old abandoned buildings turned bars. These are called "Ruin Bars" and they are scattered all over the city. Take the time to read my Top 3 Ruin Bar Reviews.
#3 Szimpla Kert
Szimpla Kert, the first ruin bar, was the first to pioneer the now famous ruin bars in Budapest. Szimpla Kert is located in a rundown building with a massive courtyard covered with interesting artwork. From old junker cars to bird cages, Szimpla Kert has an array of artsy vibes throughout the property. Once a local secret, this ruin bar has turned into a tourist attraction that sells its own brand through t-shirts and other merchandise. Despite the overwhelming feeling of other tourists around you, this is a must see ruin bar for its cool vibes and art pieces. This ruin bar has a more laid back vibe than the other two. I'd recommend this bar for a day trip of drinking.
#2 Fogas Ház
The name, Fogas Ház, literally means House of Teeth in Hungarian. In the first few years of existence, Fogas Ház was a haven for contemporary artists looking for a chill spot to congregate. After a few years, the bar revamped the entire place to serve a bigger audience. The interior has a swanky artsy feel to it with bright colorful lights bouncing off the walls. The beer prices are more than Instant Bar, but this place serves pizza. What a great bonus when drunk! This bar is great for late night partying.
Instant is one of the most popular ruin bars in Budapest. It has been around for 7 years and still attracts hundreds of people every night of the week. The interior of the building has a hipster/graffiti art vibe with strobe light, colored lights and disco balls. The bar also features local artists designs and pieces throughout the entire building. Even if the first floor doesn't suit your tastes, you can try the 6 remaining stages with different types of music. If mainstream music is your thing, head to Vaddiszkó stage. Are you into underground electronic music? Head to Tilos Park stage. Two of the best parts about this place is the cheap drinks (1.50€ for a .5L of beer) and the closing time of 6am. Instant is my favorite ruin bar out of the three. It has the best nightlife in my opinion.