Budapest entertainment

Top Choice Opera in Parliament & Around

Hungarian State Opera House

The gorgeous neo-Renaissance opera house is worth a visit as much to admire the incredibly rich decoration inside as to view a performance and hear the perfect acoustics. Tours are still departing while the opera ho…
Top Choice Classical Music in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Liszt Music Academy

Performances at Budapest’s most important concert hall are usually booked up at least a week in advance, but more expensive (though still affordable) last-minute ones can sometimes be available. It's always worth ch…
Top Choice Concert Venue in Southern Pest

Palace of Arts

The two concert halls at this palatial arts centre by the Danube are the 1700-seat Béla Bartók National Concert Hall (Bartók Béla Nemzeti Hangversenyterem) and the smaller Festival Theatre (Fesztivál Színház), accom…
Top Choice Live Music in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Giero Pub

This basement bar, presided over by Gizi néni (Aunt Gizi), is the place to come to listen to Gypsy music, as Roma musicians play the real deal from about 10pm when they’re off duty after playing saccharine junk at t…
Top Choice Traditional Music in Parliament & Around

Aranytíz House of Culture

At this cultural centre in Lipótváros, there are wonderful mixed traditional táncház (folk music and dance workshops) from 8pm on Saturday that run till about midnight. Bring the kids in earlier (about 6pm) for the …
Top Choice Jazz in Margaret Island & Northern Pest

Budapest Jazz Club

A very sophisticated venue – now pretty much the most serious one in town – for traditional, vocal and Latin jazz by local and international talent. Past international performers have included Terrence Blanchard, th…
Opera in Southern Pest

Erkel Theatre

Budapest's modern (and usually considered ugly) second opera house, southwest of Keleti train station, has reopened after a massive facelift that has added a considerable amount of charm to this venue with near-perf…
Live Music in Southern Pest

Jedermann Cafe

This lovely and uber-chilled old-style cafe and restaurant at the southern end of XI Ráday utca turns into a great music venue at night, focusing on jazz, world and folk. Gigs (800Ft) are at 9pm Thursday to Sunday, …
Live Music in Gellért Hill & Tabán

Fonó Buda Music House

This venue has táncház (folk music and dance) programs several times a week, especially on Wednesday at 6.30pm and Friday at 8pm, as well as concerts by big-name bands (mostly playing world music) throughout the mon…
Concert Venue in Southern Pest

Budapest Music Center

Hosting a fantastic line-up of mainly Hungarian jazz and classical performances, the Budapest Music Center comprises a classy 350-capacity concert hall (tickets 2000Ft to 3000Ft), the Opus Jazz Club (and restaurant)…