Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Ruin Pub in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Szimpla Kert

Budapest's first romkocsma (ruin pub), Szimpla Kert is firmly on the tourist trail but remains a landmark place for a drink. It's a huge complex with nooks filled with bric-a-brac, graffiti, art and all manner of un…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Boutiq' Bar

A low-lit 'speakeasy' serving expertly mixed cocktails (1950Ft to 5950Ft) using fresh juices and an educated selection of craft spirits. For something specifically Hungarian, try a creation that includes Unicum like…
Top Choice Cafe in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

New York Café

Considered the most beautiful cafe in the world when it opened in 1894, this neo-Renaissance-style place on the ground floor of the New York Palace Hotel has been the scene of many a literary gathering. Some say it …
Top Choice Bar in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Léhűtő

Drop into this basement bar if you fancy a craft beer, of which it stocks a large range of Hungarian and international labels. Friendly staff are on hand to advise and let you taste before you buy. There's also abov…
Top Choice Bar in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Kisüzem

The bare-brick interior of this relaxed corner bar gives it a bohemian vibe. A mixed-age crowd mingles at the bar or chats at the tables ranged around the interior. At 9pm usually on Thursday and Sunday, it hosts li…
Top Choice Club in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Mika Tivadar Mulató

This grand one-time copper factory dating from 1907 sports a chilled ground-floor bar, a small venue downstairs and a fantastic garden courtyard, which is among the best romkertek (ruin gardens) in Budapest. Most ni…
Top Choice Coffee in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

London Coffee Society

Arguably the best coffee on this side of the vaguely recalled Iron Curtain, this little place on two levels (look for the not-so-true sign proclaiming 'I was born in Hackney') serves up a proper all-day breakfast (1…
Top Choice Club in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Instant

Many still love this 'ruin bar' even in its new location as part of the Fogas stable and so do all our friends. It has a couple of dozen rooms to get lost in, seven bars, seven stages and two gardens with undergroun…
Top Choice Gay in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Tuk Tuk Bar

This 'Shanghai-inspired bar' – but aren't tuk-tuks (like the one on the pavement outside) from Bangkok, we cry? – is an ever-so-Asian gay hang-out at the Casati Budapest Hotel. There's art on the walls, great cockta…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Erzsébetváros & the Jewish Quarter

Doblo

Brick-lined and candlelit, Doblo is where you go to taste Hungarian wines, with scores available by the 1.5cL (15mL) glass for 900Ft to 2150Ft. There’s food such as meat and cheese platters and live music nightly at…