Budapest - Ruin Bars

Nightlife is a huge consideration for many people when choosing their next European destination. And if that’s the case for you, then a holiday to Budapest should be really high on your list. Not only does the Hungarian capital have incredible bars, its ruin bars offer something completely unique.

Don’t worry if you’re not acquainted with the term ruin bars. They’re not bars designed to ruin your night – in fact, quite the opposite. Repurposed from abandoned buildings, many of which also carry signs of war damage, these previously derelict establishments have been converted into unique destinations for a great night out.

Nightlife in Budapest is varied and vast, which is why we’ve picked out some of our favourite establishments for you to try, and also included a few other things to do in Budapest.

Szimpla Kert

Quite simply one of the best bars in Budapest, Szimpla Kert is probably the most famous ruin bar of them all. In Hungarian, its name means Simple Garden – but boy is it anything but simple! A labyrinthine collection of outdoor spaces and indoor bars, this unique destination is almost packed out every night, making it a great place to go if you want to meet new people. Each part of this bar seems very different to the last. There are courtyards, terraces, and even an old disused car which has been converted into outdoor booth seating.

And if you’re on the hunt for Budapest jazz clubs, just turn up here on a Sunday afternoon when the farmers’ market is in full swing. Not only can you enjoy wonderful food and pick up some handcrafted items, you’ll also get to hear some live jazz. Other events at the bar include film screenings and DJ sets, and there’s even a kids corner if you have little ones.

Best for: being a social butterfly
Address: Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary


In a two-hundred-year-old building where the original roof and most of the walls are long-gone, you’d be forgiven for thinking those two things were a negative. But, in fact, they actually contribute to why this bar is so popular. Ruin bars in Budapest often share a few things in common, and that definitely includes a plethora of drinks, good vibes, and unique décor – but the Anker’T’s  USPs  are most definitely its open-air beer garden and thriving DJ scene. It’s also reputed to be one of the most gay-friendly bars in the area.

Best for: amateur DJs
Address: Budapest, Paulay Ede u. 33, 1061 Hungary

Ellato Kert

A cool oasis full of colour and fun, Ellato Kert is found just a few minutes from the busy Kazinczy Street – which explains why this bar is always buzzing regardless of what day it is. As well as an open-air garden, wonderful terraces, and a well-equipped games room with billiards and football tables, Ellato Kert also has a great reputation for Mexican food! 

Best for: fun and games
Address: Budapest, Kazinczy u. 48, 1075 Hungary

Szatyor Bar

A slightly different offering to the other ruin bars which are all in Pest, Szatyor Bar is actually found on the Buda side of the river. As well as a bar, this set-up also has a gallery you can browse, and a wonderfully traditional food menu, where you can order goulash, burgers and Hadik-dog which is the house speciality.

Best for: culture vultures
Address: Budapest, Bartók Béla út 36, 1111 Hungary


One of the best clubs in Budapest which is not even really a club! Racskert has been converted from a disused parking lot into a ruin pub with a huge garden. This pub has a great reputation for a festival-like atmosphere and nights here often extend long into the small hours of the morning. Other notable selling points include the wonderful graffiti on the walls, candy-coloured strobe lighting, and hot dogs served from a garden shed.

Best for: those who missed out on festival season
Address: Budapest, Dob u. 40, 1072 Hungary

Best of the Rest

And now for a round-up of some other amazing ruin pubs in Budapest: Filter Klub is the bar to go to if you want to indulge your taste in rock 'n' roll rather than the electronic- and DJ music which is more prevalent in most Budapest clubs. Grandio is part hostel and part bar, meaning it could be your ideal place if you literally want to party as soon as you wake up. Mazel Tov in the Jewish Quarter provides another scenic garden courtyard, and Corvin Club, an abandoned department store, offers great rooftop views.

Best for: those planning to do a culture tour

AddressesFilter Klub Budapest, Almássy u. 1, 1077 Hungary; Grandio Budapest, Nagy Diófa u. 8, 1072 Hungary; Mazel Tov Budapest, Akácfa u. 47, 1072 Hungary; Corvin Club Budapest, Blaha Lujza tér 1-2, 1085 Hungary

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