- 10 Jun 2022 12:03 PM
Here are top tips for outdoor imbibing at cool alternative venues compared to the obvious options and various tourist traps in Budapest.
Address: 1122 Budapest, Maros utca 56.
The secret garden of Buda opened in 2020, it is smuggling in a touch of festival atmosphere to the Városmajor area this year as well, with an occasional agenda of performances and events.
Renowned experts DiVino take care of the wine at Majomhoz (‘At the Monkey’s’), but there is also a separate gin and champagne counter, and street food provided by Burger Market.
2. Halas Guszti
Address: 1237 Budapest, Vízisport utca 34.
By the Danube at Ráckeve south of Budapest, Halas Guszti specialises in fried hake but also offers pike, bream, catfish soup, crab snacks and calamari rings.
Those who prefer meat to fish, can choose from a selection of fried sausage, all washed down with various summer drinks.
Address: 1138 Budapest, Népsziget út 727.
This is one of the most popular places on unspoilt Népsziget, the lesser-known of Budapest’s islands with its own bohemian scene, and the perfect place to take in sunset at the foot of Újpest railway bridge.
Young and old mix on the terrace, where local FIRST craft beers can be sipped and burgers devoured beside the Danube.
4. Mad Garden Buda
Address: 1033 Budapest, Miklós tér 1.
It opened just recently in the grounds of a historic factory in Óbuda by craft-beer crew Mad Scientist.
With the experience of running Mad Kert at the brewery and the Madhouse Bar in town, Tamás Szilágyi and team are well set up for this new venue, where gluten-free tacos can help soak up the various craft beers.
Address: 1114 Budapest, Bartók Béla út 23.
A favourite spot on Buda’s trendy boulevard Bartók Béla út, BÉLA is also named after an acronym of its various functions: bar, eatery, loft and arboretum.
Mainly, though, it’s a cosy place for dates and gatherings, its bohemian feel enhanced by a recent refurb as it welcomes new and returning guests to its shaded terrace.
Superior tapas – beetroot-and-gorgonzola spread, BÉLA platter with all kinds of cheeses, sausage and ham – complement a discerning drinks list featuring rums from the Seychelles, Nicaragua and Panama.
6. Garden Placc
Address: 1039 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos üdülőpart 17.
Garden Placc opened at the riverside Római-part in 2021, an ideal place to relax and unwind, with burgers served and HB wheat beer poured from the tap.
You can also rent a SUP, kayak or canoe and reward yourself with a drink and a deckchair afterwards.
7. Zöld Küllő
Address: 1146 Budapest, Paál László út/George Washington sétány
Its name is a play on words – referring both to the European green woodpecker, Bird of the Year in 2022, and to the spokes of a wheel – the cycle-friendly Zöld Küllő occupies a former transformer house behind pretty Vajdahunyad Castle.
Unlike its Disneyesque, lakeside neighbour, its greatness lies in its simplicity. Draught beer consists of its own brew, either a lager or, unusually, a ginger wheat beer, the house burger is made with juicy suckling pig.
Source: Text adapted with permission from an article on WeLoveBudapest.com in English