Budapest is renowned for its vibrant nightlife. It is a multi-cultural, cosmopolitan city that is filled with students. Young Hungarians like to get together, go out and share a bottle of wine and good conversation. Better if it’s at one of the city’s many sidewalk cafés, any time, any day of the week. After a long day doing what tourists do, you’ll have to sit down and rest if you want to enjoy an exciting evening in this city.
There is no particular district to start the night at Budapest—both locals and tourists like to party anywhere in the city. One of the best places to begin the evening is at Liszt Square. It is packed with cafeterias and indoor and outdoor restaurants, ideal for having a cocktail or for dining. Afterwards if you feel like it you can go to an opera performance or to Budapest’s Broadway.
Another option is to take the A83 barge on the Danube, with live music including reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, house and electronic music.
In summer you can go to the open air club called Zöld Pardon, which is highly popular among the young crowd. There are live concerts with plenty of hip-hop and electronic music. Right next door is Rio, another open air club featuring Latin American music.
In the heart of the city, in what is known as the Erzsébet Square cultural center, you’ll find the Gödör Klub, a place that has absolutely everything.
People in their twenties get their kicks at Tuzrakter, a ruin bar. There’s also Corvintető, a dancing club on a rooftop terrace with seating so that you can let your feet rest every now and then.
Mikszáth tér in Baross utca also has open air places similar to Liszt Square, but at a smaller and more relaxed scale. This is an ideal place to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine. Then there’s Isla Margarita, a popular tourist destination during the day that is reborn after sunset. You can end the evening at ChaChaCha or Holdudvar, where young adults get together to dance.
In the summer is when evenings in Budapest are most dynamic and attractive. There are many open air discotheques, bars and cafeterias. There are many Ruin Bars, temporary open air outlets that open from May to September, located in semi-abandoned buildings in the city. Their decoration is very original and they are very popular among tourists and locals alike. Grandio, Instant and Szimpla Kert are three of the best.
You can’t say you’ve had a taste of Budapest until you take the plunge in this beautiful city’s social scene, and to do that you’ll have to try out its fascinating nightlife.
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