1. Szimpla Kert
What is it? It’s not a nightlife list without Szimpla Kert. This is the ruin bar that started it all, born out of a derelict building in 2002 and becoming Budapest’s most famous night out. The bar serves over 400 different drinks over two floors and a courtyard, which is adorned with random vintage furniture, a lot of which was found on the side of the street.
Why go? This is the coolest spot in the Jewish Quarter, Budapest’s party capital, and there’s events every night of the week, from live music to food markets on Sundays. Whether you want to pitch up in a converted bathtub, sip on craft beer in an open-top car or simply dance the night away, this is the place. A must see.