Budapest’s Ruin pubs are attractions in themselves – several floors of music, conversations and relaxing – a different way to explore the vibrant city.
A fad among interiors in nightclubs everywhere has become the worn out- broken often trashy look with drainpipes, graffiti and the likes of creating an ambience of an old factory or abandoned buildings. While several of the new pubs are likely to be upscale places whose designers carefully create this style, the original aesthetic belongs to several parts in eastern Europe. Budapest’s Ruin pubs, which are flooded with people dancing, sipping coffee, beer and taking naps into the night are a must visit for those in the city.
Largely concentrated in the seventh district of the city, Budapest’s Ruin pubs are lively, chaotic spaces that offer a taste of the vibrant nightlife this city has to offer. Most of the pubs, built of crumbling and unused or abandoned buildings, offer floors and rooms with different music to suit different vibes, and in some cases a garden to relax by. Though it may sound intimidating, most pubs are actually comfortable places frequented by tourists and locals alike, for the relaxed atmosphere they have to offer, and cheap beer (costing less than EUR 2 for big ones).
Budapest is home to several old ruin pubs such as Szimpla Kert, arguably the biggest and most famous one of them all, which is also said to be oldest ruin pub in the city. Szimpla Kert is a world of its own- with a wine bar adjacent to a room which houses a beer garden, next to which is a large disco-light infused dancefloor. Another part of this ruin pub has a hooka parlour, and another a cocktail bar. Upstairs, there are more relaxed and soft spaces, where people can be seen catching up on conversations.
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Guided or not
Though several pubs crawl, guided tours and the likes have emerged to offer travellers a seamless look and experience of Budapest’s nightlife, these are rather recommended to those who are comfortable in being shown around as well as being in groups. The pub crawls often involve some alcohol covered in the charges as well so they are a good option for those who consume drinks heavily
For those who like to explore on their own, and do not drink in high quantity, the option of walking into a ruin pub they spot seems like a better idea. Besides the famous Szimpla Kert and Instant (another extremely popular Ruin bar), there are several newer Ruin pubs such as Fogashaz and Corvinteto which come recommended.
In mismatched furniture, antique mirrors, vintage sofas, curious wall hangings and several plants and trees along with accents from multiple countries, Budapest’s nightlife comes alive.