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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…
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…
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

Gödör

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…
Live Music in Gellért Hill & Tabán

Municipal Cultural House

There’s folk music and dance at what is also called the FMH at 7pm on alternate Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays (see the website). A children’s dance house hosted by the incomparable folk group Muzsikás runs every Tu…
Live Music in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Pótkulcs

The 'Spare Key' is a fine little drinking venue with a varied menu of live music most evenings and occasional táncház (Hungarian music and dance). The small central courtyard is a wonderful place to chill out in sum…
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…
Live Music in Gellért Hill & Tabán

A38

Moored on the Buda side just south of Petőfi Bridge, the ‘A38 Ship’ is a decommissioned Ukrainian stone hauler from 1968 that has been recycled as a major live-music venue. It’s so cool that Lonely Planet readers on…