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 tickets can sometimes be available. It's always worth…
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.
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…
Live Music in Southern Pest

Jedermann Cafe

This lovely and uberchilled old-style cafe and restaurant at the southern end of Ráday utca turns into a great music venue at night, focusing on jazz, world and folk. Gigs (500Ft) are at 9pm on Monday, Wednesday, Fr…
Opera in Parliament & Around

Budapest Operetta

This theatre presents operettas, which are always a riot, especially campy ones like The Gypsy Princess by Imre Kálmán or Ferenc Lehár’s The Merry Widow, with their over-the-top staging and costumes. Think baroque G…
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, the Opus Jazz Club with concerts at 9.30pm Thursday to Saturda…
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 or 8pm, as well as concerts by big-name bands (mostly playing world music) throughout the month; it’s o…
Live Music in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter


In the bowels of the Central Passage shopping centre on Király utca, Gödör has maintained its reputation for scheduling an excellent variety of indie, rock, jazz, electronic and experimental music, as well as hostin…
Live Music in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Giero Brasserie

This basement bar, presided over by Gizi néni (Aunt Gizi), is the place to come to listen to Gypsy music, as Roma musicians play from about 10pm when they’re off duty after playing saccharine junk at top-end hotels.…
Traditional Music in Parliament & Around

Aranytíz House of Culture

At this cultural centre in Lipótváros, the wonderful Kalamajka Táncház has programs from 7pm on Saturday that run till about midnight. Bring the kids in earlier (about 5pm) for the children’s version. Check the webs…