Budapest has everything from outdoor bars to high-end clubs but for a great night out you’ll want to head straight to the Old Jewish Quarter. It’s the heart of the city’s nightlife and home to many of the city’s most popular bars and clubs.
When on your stag do in Budapest, fear not...we’ve planned a bar crawl that will take you to some of the best bars that the famous Old Jewish Quarter has to offer, with walking time kept to a minimum. The route begins at one of Budapest cheapest bars where you can pre-drink for the night ahead. It will then take you to some of the city’s best ruin bars, starting with the more relaxed and ending at Budapest’s largest ruin bar - it's open till 6am everyday so you can party here until the small hours.
Blind Mice Exchange Pub
The highlight of this fun bar is their ‘stock exchange’ drinks prices. It all comes down to demand and supply, so if a drink is ordered a lot the price goes up and the less popular drinks will get cheaper and cheaper. With the prices always changing, you’ll have to keep an eye on the screens to drink for the lowest price. You might get a hangover the next morning if you mix too many cheap drinks - but it’s worth it for the bargain.
This large garden bar is perfect for big groups, set in a former parking lot there's plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The venue is located in the famous Jewish quChilliarter, but it's less quirky than other ruin bars and has more of a British pub atmosphere. With events on nearly every night of the week, you’ll find plenty of live music or quiz nights to enjoy here. It’s a great place for a really good pint.
As the original ruin bar that inspired the trend, Szimpla Kert is as much a landmark as it is a place to party. Once an abandoned factory, you’ll now find an open courtyard full of quirky furniture and a maze of themed rooms and cocktail bars. It’s an atmospheric place to drink, full of nooks and crannies to explore, with graffiti, street signs, fairy lights and an old communist Trabant car.
Fogas Haz or ‘House of Teeth’ was named after the century-old dentist’s sign found during its renovation. Today, it's a lively ruin pub, filled with hip cocktail bars and multiple rooms where you can relax, drink on the cheap and play ping pong. Its well-known for its enormous open air courtyard, which is buzzing all year round thanks to the impressive retractable roof. Plus, in the evening the courtyard turns into a busy dance floor, it’s the place to party, so stay late and dance till dawn.
Taking over an entire apartment building, Instant is the biggest ruin bar in the city with a colourful labyrinth of over 20 rooms. With a club-like atmosphere, 8 bars, 4 dance floors and a restaurant, there’s a good chance you’ll get lost at some point. Expect somewhat bizarre decor and weird and wonderful installations.
A stag do in Budapest will be excellent fun, but if the crawl at any point defeats you, sober up at one of the many late-night restaurants in the Jewish Quarter.