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The buildings seem abandoned with their boarded up windows and grimy façades. Yet the opposite is true as these are the renowned ruin bars of Budapest. Creative minds have transformed dilapidated factories, warehouses and flats into unique cafés, bars and night clubs that you won’t want to miss.
Most ruin bars are located in the Jewish neighbourhood. This district had become increasingly dilapidated over previous decades, with many empty buildings and lots. In early 2000, a few initiators took their chance and built a bar in an area where no one wanted to live. They installed a dance floor and artists decorated the crumbling walls with pieces of art. The first ruin bar, called Szimpla Kert, opened its doors a year later. It was the start of a new trend; now Budapest has around 30 of these venues.