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Entertainment options in Budapest -- early July

Hi gang,

I will be coming to Budapest from Munich, and was looking into evening entertainment options the first part of July. It looks like the Opera, the Operett and Franz Liszt are all on vacation during that month. I'm seeing plenty of opera in Munich, so it wouldn't be the worst thing to try a non-classical option. Aside from the jazz recommendations that James has provided, any other suggestions?

Thanks -- Todd

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13546 posts Monday and Thursday all month. Roby Lakatos would be a great experience. Sorry I couldn't find the English translation. Use Google Translate. I would love to be there on July 13 when Katya Tompos is in concert. She's great. Go to Amazon UK and look for her digital downloads and invest $1 in Szerelem? and Sej elaludtam. What I am listening to as I type. If anyone is there in May, she is playing at the Opus Jazz Club on the 28th. They don't show anything for July yet, but keep checking back. They are exceptional.

On that same note there is the Friday night klezmer concert at Spinoza

The Opus doesn't show anything because they rarely announce more than 6 weeks in advance.

You need to buy tickets to most events almost as soon as they go on sale as the locals love their arts and buy up the tickets quickly.

Interested in restaurants with music? Budapest really is about the music.

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Thanks James! I ordered tickets to the MAV symphony orchestra

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$12.50 for a very highly respected orchestra. Amazing.

There will be tourists there of course, but if past experience is any indicator it will be mostly a local event. Makes it that much better.

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Do you have other plans for the day? It would be a good afternoon to do Andrassy ut. Start with an early lunch at Hachapuri Restaurant at the end of Andrassy ut. Maybe 11:30 to 12:30. Yes, its Georgian, but you came to Budapest for exotic so this is the best bet on Andrassy ut. After lunch walk up Andrassy ut to the House of Terror. Sorry for the name, but it really is an outstanding museum based on the horrors of fascism in Hungary in a building with a very interesting history and a Soviet tank in the courtyard..

Aterwards get on the metro at Vorosmarty utca, then off at the next and then walk to the next and get back on and get off at the next. This way you can see a pretty good cross section of the stores, mansions and embassies along the Champs-Élysées of Eastern Europe. Your last exit from the M1 Metro (the oldest metro on the continent of Europe) will be the Hősök tere stop. This is Hero’s Square. See Hero’s square and walk to the Széchenyi bath house. Now soak and play until 7:00. Did I mention that you were carrying swim suit and towell? At 7pm head over to your reservation at Paprika Vendéglő down the street from Hero’s square - excellent authentic Hungarian food in a great atmosphere: relatively inexpensive. At about 8:15 you want to be on your way to the concert which is just a short walk away.

The concert should be over about 10:30 so head to the M1 to the Opera station, get off and make the 5 minute walk to your reservation at Kadarka’s wine bar for a night cap before heading home.

A day well spent.