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Recommended Ruin Bars, Craft beer or Breweries in Budapest


I will be in Budapest for 6 days in early May with a couple friends. Along with RS's book and reviewing many posts to this forum, I have come away with valuable information on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat. With that said, I was wondering if folks could chime in on any recommended places for good craft beer and ruin pubs? We are all in our mid-40's, so we have no doubt hit the age where we would like to avoid drinking solely with college kids. Any recommendations for ruin pubs with patrons of all ages and bars/pubs/breweries/beer gardens with good craft beer is appreciated. We will be staying pretty close to the opera house. Thanks.

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Here is the best collection of ruin pubs: The list is on the left of the page. I’m not a big pub guy (I hang out in wine bars), but I get the impression that Mazel Tov is the sort of place you are looking for and it will take you to an accessible part of town that tourist don't often see. Love the place:

For craft been here is the list. I have been to Jónás Craft Beer House and, it in and of its self, isnt the most inspired place; but it is in the Bálna on the river and that alone makes it worth the effort:

AND, in the event that you do want to hang out in a wine bar, then Doblo Wine & Bar is a great upscale example while Kadarka Bar is the place to go after you have been walking all afternoon;

Also, don't forget the Palinka:

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James, thanks for your reply to this and countless other posts I have reviewed during my 2+ months of planning this trip. Most helpful. Take care.

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The ruin bars are incredibly fun and eclectic !

Try Szimpla and Mika Tivador - we spent more time taking photos inside than actually having a drink !