There is no denying Budapest has an electric and eccentric nightlife, but, there is nothing more bustling, funky, fun and all-out crazy than its famed ruin bars.
It started with Szimpla Kert, the mecca of all ruin bars, and now these extraordinary watering holes have transformed the ruins of abandoned buildings, stores, and parking lots in Budapest’s old District VII neighbourhood.
The area has transformed from a derelict and decaying neighbourhood to one of the most impressive underground bar scenes and a not to be missed opportunity on your stag do.
With no signs or queues of people waiting out the front, these ruin bars could easily go unnoticed. But, once inside you will find yourself in the middle of a hip, eclectic, funky bar bustling with people, great music and cheap beer. From hidden courtyards, old-rickety furniture to hammocks and rusty cars that double as a table and chairs, these ruin bars are our top pick for your stag do.
Szimpla Kert Budapest
The original ruin bar and mother of all ruin bars in Budapest, Szimpla Kert, shows crowds older is better when it comes to nightlife in Budapest.
Built in an abandoned factory Szimpla Kert is the most popular ruin bar and features a large open courtyard, crazy furniture and artwork inside and out, cocktail bars, music, and even an old, stripped-down Trabant (a communist car) to have a drink in.
They also sell pizza, which is great after a big stag party night out.
Anker’t Ruin Bar Budapest
Located in a former factory and featuring a massive courtyard, dance floors, gallery, events spaces and even an escape-room, Anker’t in downtown Budapest is one of the most popular ruin bars among locals and tourist alike.
Not only does Anker’t serve up plenty of cheap-cold beer but they also offer plenty of grilled meaty meals, a carnivore's dream and a stag party favourite.
Along with the DJs, dance floors and party anthems, Anker’t will host themed parties, fashion shows, outdoor screenings of major sports events and a vegan flee market.
Locals and international revellers flock to Nagymező Street to enjoy live concerts and dance the night away amid the eccentric interior, blaring music and thematic dance floors of Instant.
First-time visitors often do a double-take when they first lay their eyes on the jumble of 23 strangely designed rooms sprawled across two former tenement buildings that make up this ruin bar.
The eccentric interior, which included a boar-shaped disco ball, a herd of jumping rabbits, giant flying animals and furniture pinned to the ceiling are just some of the things set to amaze you on your stag do in Budapest.
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