What is it? Take a huge, dilapidated building with an open courtyard and a labyrinth of rooms, adorn it with eclectic furniture, edgy artwork and mind-bending communist memorabilia, and you’ve got the city’s most famous (and most atmospheric) ‘ruin bar’, Szimpla Kert.
Why go? Szimpla Kert set the nightlife standard when it opened in the Jewish Quarter in 2001, spawning several copy-cat bar experiences that have come to define a Budapest night out. But this one is known as the original (and best). Be sure to order a shot of Unicum when you’re there – it’s a traditional Hungarian herbal liqueur your tastebuds won’t forget in a hurry.