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Nightlife in Budapest

Budapest's nightlife is thriving and expanding, offering fresh experiences and classic nights out. The Jewish Quarter in District VII is packed with arty hangouts like Szimpla Kert, in a derelict town house, or the Fészek Klub cellar artists club. The scene is more trendy on Liszt Ferenc tér, while old warehouses around the city are transformed into cool clubs. Dokk Club draws jet setters to Boatyard Island with its chic beach.

Bars

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  1. 1. Café Bobek - Bars

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    Named after a Communist-era cartoon bunny, Café Bobek is one of Budapest's more relaxed nightspots. Visitors can sprawl out on comfy chairs with a local beer or a house cocktail in hand until past midnight.Show this on map

    Address

    53, Kazinczy utca, Budapest

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 322 0729

    Transport

    Opera Metro

    Website

    Café Bobek Website

  2. 2. Oscar American Bar - Bars

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    This dimly-lit Buda favourite has a reassuringly long bar. The Oscar American Bar is film-themed and has posters of Hollywood greats on the walls. Locals sit in directors' chairs, sipping cocktails and quality wines.Show this on map

    Address

    14, Ostrom utca, Budapest 1015

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 212 8017

    Transport

    Moszkva tér Metro station

    Website

    Oscar American Bar Website

  3. 3. Pótkulcs - Bars

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    According to the club's motto, Pótkulcs, on the Pest side near to Margaret Island, is 'difficult to find and hard to leave'. Once there, though, visitors can sit, drink and admire the work of local independent artists on the walls.Show this on map

    Address

    65/b, Csengery utca, Budapest

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 269 1050

    Transport

    Nyugati Pályaudvar Metro

    Website

    Pótkulcs Website

  4. 4. The Caledonia Bar - Bars

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    The Caledonia Bar, Budapest. Courtesy of The Caledonia Bar & Restaurant

    This is a piece of Scotland in Budapest's District VI. The Caledonia Bar is frequented by expats and Hungarians who come for Belhaven Best beer and a selection of whiskies. The all-day Scottish breakfast and televised sport are especially popular.Show this on map

    Address

    9, Mozsár utca, Budapest 1066

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 311 7611

    Transport

    Oktogon Metro station

    Website

    The Caledonian Bar Website

  5. 5. Szimpla Kert - Bars

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    Szimpla Kert occupies a once-derelict townhouse in lively District VII. The basement contains two buzzing bars with a shabby chic aesthetic. A cool young crowd gathers here to chat, drink and smoke. On summer nights, the courtyard fills up fast.Show this on map

    Address

    48, Kertész, Budapest 1073

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 352 4198

    Transport

    Astoria Metro station

    Website

    Szimpla Kert Website

  6. 6. New York Café - Bars

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    New York Café, Budapest. Courtesy of New York Palace

    This palatial bar in Pest is where Hungarian film director Alexander Korda planned his 1940s assault on Hollywood. The New York Café's ornate gold decor, complemented by red velvet chairs and mirrored tables, comes into its own at cocktail hour.Show this on map

    Address

    New York Palace Hotel, 9-11, Erzsébet krt, Budapest 1073

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 886 6167

    Transport

    Tram 4 or 6 to Dohány utca

    Website

    New York Palace Hotel Website

Clubs

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  1. 7. Fészek Klub - Clubs

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    Located in the nightlife-rich District VII, Fészek Klub is an intimate cellar-club. It has attracted Budapest's arty crowd for over 100 years. The upstairs club plays an eclectic mix. The action moves out to the ornate courtyard in summer.Show this on map

    Address

    36, Kertész utca, Budapest 1073

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 342 6548

    Transport

    Tram 4 or 6 to Király utca

    Website

    Fészek Klub Website

  2. 8. Dokk Club - Clubs

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    The Hungarian jet set comes to Dokk Club to sip expensive cocktails and sway to popular tunes. Housed in a converted warehouse on Hajogyári Sziget (Boatyard Island), the club has its own beach on the banks of the Danube.Show this on map

    Address

    122, Hajogyári Sziget, Budapest 1030

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 30 535 2747

    Transport

    HÉV train to Filatorigát

    Website

    Dokk Club Website

  3. 9. Capella - Clubs

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    The evening gets going with the midnight drag show at Capella. Then, gay and straight clubbers dance the night away to classic disco tunes. Twisting stairs, balconies and narrow hallways define this Pest waterfront club.Show this on map

    Address

    23, Belgrád rakpart, Budapest 1056

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 318 6231

    Transport

    Ferenciek tere Metro station

    Website

    Capella Website

  4. 10. Living Room - Clubs

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    A favourite with 20- and 30-somethings, the live DJs at Budapest's Living Room play a blend of Hungarian and international music. The intimate venue on one of Pest's main thoroughfares regularly keeps partying until the early hours.Show this on map

    Address

    17, Kossuth Lajos utca, Budapest 1053

    Telephone

    +36 30 9929932

    Transport

    Astoria Metro

    Website

    Living Room Website

Entertainment

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  1. 11. Fat Mo's Music Club - Entertainment

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    A pub-restaurant with an American Prohibition speakeasy theme, Fat Mo's Music Club hosts live jazz, blues and rock 'n' roll concerts. Visitors click their fingers and tap their toes while toasting to the roaring 20s. DJs play on weekend nights. 

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    Address

    V. Nyári Pál u. 11, Budapest, Hungary

    Telephone

    1/266-8027

  2. 12. Trafó House of Contemporary Arts - Entertainment

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    Housed in a former electrical power station in District IX, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts hosts a varied programme. There are many performances which can be enjoyed by non-Hungarian speakers. The basement club hosts alternative gigs, attracting Budapest's creatives.Show this on map

    Address

    41, Liliom utca, Budapest 1094

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 215 1600

    Transport

    Ferenc Körút Metro station

    Website

    Trafó Website

  3. 13. Hungarian State Opera House - Entertainment

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    Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest. Courtesy of Hungarian National Tourist Office

    Miklós Ybl constructed this ornate masterpiece in 1884. The pearl of Pest's Andrássy út features the marble Royal Stairway, and frescoes by Bertalan Székely. The Hungarian State Opera House offers great value ballet and opera performances to cultured Budapesters.Show this on map

    Address

    22, Andráassy út, Budapest 1061

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 331 2550

    Transport

    Opera Metro station

    Website

    Hungarian State Opera House Website

  4. 14. Palace of Arts - Entertainment

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    Jazz at Budapest's Palace of Arts. Photo Zsuzsa Peto courtesy Palace of Arts

    Budapest's centre for all things artistic is magnificently situated on the Danube's east bank, by Lágymányos Bridge. Along with the Ludwig Museum, the Palace of Arts comprises the 1700-seat Belá Bartók National Concert Hall and the 452-seat Festival Theatre.Show this on map

    Address

    1, Komor Marcell utca, Budapest 1095

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 555 3301

    Transport

    HEV Lágymányos Bridge station

    Website

    Palace of Arts Website

  5. 15. A38 Ship - Entertainment

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    This Ukrainian ship is now a happening floating nightspot in Buda. A38 Ship hosts concerts featuring local acts and international names, like DJ Krush. There's a flash restaurant on the top deck, and a low-key bar in the engine room.Show this on map

    Address

    Petõfi Bridge, Budapest IX

    Telephone

    +36 (1) 464 3940

    Transport

    Tram 4 or 6 to to Petõfi híd (bridge)

    Website

    A38 Website

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