Top 7 + 1 Underground Spots in Budapest's Party District

  • 31 Aug 2023 12:25 PM
  • We Love Budapest
Top 7 + 1 Underground Spots in Budapest's Party District recently put together a guide for tourists looking to go beyond the ‘uniform commercial bars’. From their list here’s our pick of the top offbeat and alternative spots for expats to have a memorable night out in buzzing downtown Pest.

1. Fekete Kutya

1074 Budapest, Dob u. 31

Hiding under the arcade of Dob utca, Fekete Kutya ('Black Dog') is a gem, where you can not only down quality drinks such as Czech beers but nibble on excellent food, too. It boasts an engaging atmosphere and is an ideal place to stop for a quick coffee. It’s one of the most unpretentious and modest places in the area, and although it’s never become trendy, it’s known and loved by everyone, even if you’ve only been here once. 

2. Kisüzem
1077 Budapest, Kis Diófa u. 2

Kisüzem is gentrified pub a little further up the road towards Grand Boulevard. Unlike the Kutya, it is not only neat but fashionable, making it a favourite for musicians, actors, artists, and media people. Its ruin pub-like, bare-brick-walled atmosphere is enhanced by occasional exhibitions by up-and-coming contemporary artists.

3. Dzzs Bar
1072 Budapest, Nagy Diófa u. 32

Similar to Kisüzem but with a more upbeat, youthful vibe, this culture-infused bar is located on Nagy Diófa utca. Another outstanding feature of this place is that artwork is often featured on the walls, so you can inhale some culture while eating, drinking, and partying. Although Dzzs is a middle-sized spot, it remains a cosy space that can accommodate loads of good people and host DJ events and concerts. 

4. Szomjas Farkas
1072 Budapest, Dob u. 28-30

Szomjas Farkas ('Thirsty Wolf') is a special little pub focusing on craft beers. No surprise: the founder is an eponymous beer blogger. The place is modest, simple, and unpretentious, focusing on the impressive beer selection in every respect. Despite its minimalism, this cosy and stylish spot does not only offer quality beers but some know-how about them, too. After the first sip, you will enjoy your beer and fall in love with the place you are having it.

5. Blutorange
1077  Budapest, Király u. 39

Blutorange is the most unique place in the party district, unrivalled not just in the area, but the entire city. It is a listening bar where the musicians and DJs don’t play their usual programme but all the exciting and intriguing music they usually listen to at home. It is all topped off with impeccable Mexican food and mezcal, as well as super comfy armchairs and sofas that make everything more enjoyable.

6. Központ
1075 Budapest, Madách Imre út 5

Located on the corner of Madách Imre út and Rumbach Sebestyén utca, the name itself is a statement (Központ meaning ‘Centre’): it is the hippest place in the area (well, some would argue that it is TELEP). It identifies itself as a bistro, a pub, and a club all at once. The basement has a small stage where concerts take place. During the day, you can stop by to work or grab lunch. In the evening, you can stand outside clutching a cocktail and observe the TELEP audience across the street.

7. Bårom
1074 Budapest, Dob u. 31

Bårom BAR is the latest addition to the party district. It opened under the arcade on Dob Street, almost next door to Fekete Kutya. It is tiny, but that doesn’t take anything away from its value. Quite the contrary. Spending an evening here is like being at a house party thrown in a ruin pub-like apartment. For all its randomness, Bårom BAR, no bigger than a studio, has a good atmosphere and is a likeable place.

+1. Úri Muri
1077​​​​​​​ Budapest, Wesselényi u. 19

Úri Muri is a veteran of the party district. Picture a tiny little bar with a small terrace, and be amazed when you enter the basement! Down here, a theatre is located where jazz concerts, stand-up nights, and parties with stylish DJs are hosted. It is a place for regulars and wannabe regulars. And a well-deserved reward to those who happen to find it by accident. It is very much worth noticing. 

Source: Welovebudapest - republished with permission

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