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In entrepreneurial Budapest, the best times are to be had amid ruins. And we don’t mean shitty underground spaces with sweaty ceilings and barely-functioning toilets. No – for nights out that truly feel apocalyptic, so-called ‘ruin bars’ are where to head. Locals have transformed these old Soviet buildings into retro clubbing hotspots filled with communist-era paraphernalia, and in doing so put nightlife in Budapest well and truly on the Resident Advisor map. There are few more atmospheric places to get on down in Europe.
And the night won’t end there, either. With other good times to be had at the world-renowned Szechenyi Baths and along the vibrant, leafy Gozsdu Passage in the Jewish district, Budapest’s best nightlife spots are increasingly putting clubbing capitals Berlin and London to shame. Had an exhausting day ticking off Budapest’s brilliant restaurants and things to do? Grab a cocktail and let your hair down at one of these excellent bars or clubs… then start all over again tomorrow.
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