A visit to Budapest is not complete without a visit to at least one ruin pub! The ruin pubs make Budapest one of the best cities in the world in terms of nightlife.
But what are those famous ruin pubs? And what are the 3 best ruin pubs in Budapest to visit?
How did the ruin pubs come into existence?
After the Second World War many buildings of Budapest were abandoned in the Jewish area. Years later, people started living in these abandoned buildings, and there were underground pubs and bars. This was all in secret. Since the beginning of the 21st century, these underground pubs have become known to the general public. This period meant the final turning point for Budapest’s nightlife.
In the Jewish district, a number of new pubs were opened in all these various abandoned buildings in a short period of time. The special thing is that in these old buildings and factories all kinds of old furniture from, for example, old community centers and cinemas have been preserved. This causes a huge ‘back in time’ feeling. The youth gave these pubs the name of ruin pubs. Ruin pub is the literal translation of the Hungarian name.
What exactly are ruin pubs?
The name ruin pubs actually says exactly what it is: pubs built in buildings that have been abandoned and ruined. There are currently many to be found in Budapest. Ruin pubs often move to a new place and a new ruin pub is opened again. They are the perfect places for a drink or a great party. In addition, they also have a cultural function and you can attend films, theater shows, concerts, exhibitions and workshops. Each ruin pub has a unique style and atmosphere.
What are the 3 best ruin pubs in Budapest?
1. Szimpla Kert: From the street it is not clear that this is a very nice place. When you enter, you are in a totally different world. There is a lot to see. You can dance, chill, chat and drink for cheap. The atmosphere mostly resembles an abandoned hippie place. Even if you do not want to go out, just go inside or visit the market every Sunday morning.
2. Instant: This ruin pub is very big with many different rooms and bars. This is a place where you can easily get lost. They play a variety of music genres, making it fun for everyone to visit. The drinks are quite pricey but the entrance is free, so going in for a quick walk is fun too!
3. Fogas Ház: This is another very beautiful location. A very big ruin pub where you can have great food and drinks. Very many small pubs and restaurants can be found here.
These are the 3 best ruin pubs in Budapest! What do you think are the best ruin pubs in Budapest?
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