Guided tour around the ruin bars of Budapest
Minimum age: 18
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- Knowledgeable English-speaking guide will show the best of the ruin bars
- We visit at least 4 unique ruin bars
- A wonderful array of brilliantly-made drinks available at each bar
- Experience a side of Budapest that you never knew existed!
All about the trip
Discover what makes Budapest's nightlife so unique!
Nestled deep in the history-filled Jewish quarter, hidden within rustic pre-war buildings are some of Budapest’s most popular drinking spots. From the outside some of these bars may look more like squatter’s dens, however, this is all just part of the charm; because inside these run-down dwellings you will find the infamous ‘ruin bars’.
Filled with unexpected layers of detail, these bars have become Budapest’s very own brand of local cool. Abandoned buildings, old cellars and derelict spaces have been transformed into dozens of wildly furnished bars; all with their own unique look, feel and vibe.
These bars have a real ‘Mad Max’ feel to them. Think old bathtubs and broken-down cars transformed into seating, neon lighting everywhere, ladies walking around selling carrots and all manner of post-apocalyptic nostalgia stuffed into every nook and cranny.
Some bars have been around for more than a decade, while others disappear just as quickly as they pop-up. The phenomenon began in the early 2000s and has been evolving ever since. The ruin bars have organically introduced a new style of evening entertainment in Budapest. Going beyond simply serving booze, these cultural, artistic and occasionally gastronomic hotspots have breathed new life into otherwise forgotten areas of the city.
Join us to explore this special aspect of Budapest’s nightlife scene. Learn more about what has propelled the development of the ruin bars, how they have impacted the fabric of the neighborhood, and how they still continue to evolve.
We’ll discuss their cultural and artistic significance, as well as how they have influenced the city’s entire nightlife scene. On this tour you’ll experience a handful of ruin bars in varying styles. We’ll drink with the locals and of course sample a few popular Budapestian drinks, such as fröccs, wine, and pálinka.Watch on Youtube
What is included in the price
- 10% discount on purchases at 'The Tasting Table' (winery in Budapest)
- Our Budapest Food and Wine Guide
What is not included in the price
- Gratuity tips for the bar staff
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Please note that this tour is not wheelchair accessible. This tour is not recommended for pregnant travellers, travellers with back or heart problems or any other serious medical conditions.
We ask that guests arrive 15 minutes early so we can get started on time. All Taste Hungary guides will always be holding a Taste Hungary tote bag so they can be easily identified.
Please bring ID and your booking reservation.
This tour requires good weather. If we need to cancel due to poor weather you will be offered a different date or a full refund.
Make sure you know the way back to your hotel or accommodation!
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You can reach our European office between 9am and 5pm CET on weekdays and between 11am and 5pm on weekends and holidays.
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