Nightlife Tour, Budapest (Self Guided)

A major city that attracts a lot of visitors each year, Budapest offers a healthy selection of hot bars and clubs where guests are encouraged to party all night long. The diversity of the venues found on the Budapest Nightlife Tour is notable, including decadent nightclubs with heart-thumping live DJs spinning the latest house and techno, hip and artsy crowds relaxing with a cocktail to jazz and reggae, an exclusive rooftop bar requiring a password to get in, and more.
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Guide Name: Nightlife Tour
Guide Location: Hungary » Budapest (See other walking tours in Budapest)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: Xena

1) Doboz

Located inside a building formerly serving as a children’s hospital during World War Two, Doboz, Hungarian for “box,” Downstairs is where guests will find the live music venue, and grill and bar. Upstairs features offices, workshops, and gallery spaces. The interior design utilizes many of the remaining elements of its former incarnation, including doors, tiles, and brickwork. Contemporary sculpture, including a huge King Kong on wrapped around a live sycamore tree, and modern design elements add a unique dichotomy in the bar’s overall look, creating a chic and sophisticated atmosphere that guests will absolutely love.

Operation hours: Monday - Wednesday: 5 pm - 2 am; Thursday - Saturday: 5 pm - 5 am; Sunday: 5 pm - midnight

2) CoXX

Arguably Budapest’s hottest gay nightclub, CoXx sports an opaque, industrial design with metal elements and brickwork adding to the steamy atmosphere. Guests can enjoy any of a number of themed rooms all contributing toward a steamy adventure in this men’s only club. While there is a modest dance floor and three bars as well as a DJ spinning hot tunes each night, the real action can be found in CoXx many theme rooms, including one with a car that guests can fool around in, dark and intimate rooms, video rooms with adult films, and more. CoXx offers a variety of popular theme nights, including Military Cruising Night, the Bear Party, Sunday Nude Sex Party, and more.

Operation hours: Monday - Thursday: 8 pm — 4 am; Friday - Saturday: 8 pm — 5 am
Szoda Udvar

3) Szoda Udvar

Located in a splendid building with Spanish style architecture, Szoda Udvar includes a beautiful courtyard with marble tiles and a fountain in its three-story atrium. The entrance to this club is through an unassuming door on a quiet urban road near the chain bridge and Four Seasons Hotel. The courtyard features chairs and sofas for private lounging in a relaxed and subdued setting. Entertainment includes live DJs spinning some of the best underground beats Thursday through Saturday in the downstairs dance floor area. The upstairs lounge, designed with manga art on the walls, features drinks at reasonable prices, and also includes a food menu, offering sandwiches and an assortment of snack items.

Operation hours: Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 3 am
Mika Tivadar Mulato

4) Mika Tivadar Mulato

Taken from the name of the former iron- and copperware factory owner that formerly utilized this building, Mika Tivadar Mulató is one of the hottest nightclubs in Budapest’s 7th district. This bar attracts a hip, artsy crowd of twenty-somethings and up. Downstairs is the concert hall and dance floor where an assortment of DJs and VJs offer up entertainment, as well as live bands playing anything from jazz to reggae and more. Upstairs guests can enjoy a more intimate lounge experience, and an outdoor garden area provides a full bar, food, and games. A notable cultural spot in the city, Mika Tivadar Mulató also hosts film screenings, festivals, and theater performances throughout the year as well.

Operation hours: Monday, Tuesday and Sunday: 2 pm - 1 am; Wednesday: 2 pm - 2 am; Thursday - Saturday: 2 pm - 3 am
Boutiq Bar

5) Boutiq Bar

Inspired by the speakeasy trend popular in London and other cities around the world, Boutiq Bar is a chic cocktail lounge ranked among Drink International’s prestigious World’s 50 Best Bars list. A wide assortment of unique and tasty cocktails, including seasonal selections keeps this bar packed each night, though particularly on the weekends where it is highly recommended to make reservations to ensure a seat. All cocktails are made with top shelf liquors, fresh fruits, and unique spices to create a rare experience in drinking. A small sampling of unique cocktails found here includes the Ginger Cosmo, a Cucumber Martini, and a delightful Mango Daiquiri.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 6 pm - late night

6) Akvarium

A great outdoor venue for live music, Akvárium serves a quaint café during daytime hours, serving breakfast on its lovely terrace with a beautiful view of Erzsébet Square in the very heart of Budapest. Evenings host live musical performances by some of the best up-and-coming local talent, as well as by national touring bands with enough room to accommodate 700 guests. The indoor lounge offers live DJ sets Wednesday through Sunday in an intimate setting holding a capacity of 200 guests. Akvárium translates into “aquarium” from the Hungarian, which is in keeping with the club’s thematic design inside.

Operation hours: Monday - Wednesday: 6 pm - 2 am; Thursday - Saturday: 6 pm - 5 am; Sunday: 4 pm - 2 am
The Living Room

7) The Living Room

The Living Room is a relatively new joint. This renovated place is already a hit with both the local youth as well as the tourists. The club has two dance floors. At the Living Room, you can enjoy different genres – hip-hop, dance, R&B, disco and retro. The Living Room is known to be the best places that provide a platform to young talent and some of the best DJs of Budapest perform here.
Fat Mo's Pub

8) Fat Mo's Pub

Fat Mo's pub is the best of the many cellar bars in Budapest. Besides, it is also famous as one of the best live music venues. The food here is delicious and they have 14 beers on draught. It is advisable to book a table beforehand, as the place gets quite crowded, especially on weekends. You can choose from a wide variety of local and American-Texas cuisine for your food.
Jani's Pub

9) Jani's Pub

Jani's Pub is a traditional Irish pub dedicated to the legendary Janis Joplin herself. The music played here is from the 60s and the 70s but modern club songs can be heard as well. Famous bands or musicians perform here on weekdays. Besides hot meals and sandwiches, the place offers a large selection of beers, cocktails and other drinks.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Budapest for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Budapest has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money getting around Budapest and visiting the city's multiple highlights, you may want to resort to the Budapest Card.

Among other conveniences, this card allows its bearer to explore Budapest's top attractions, tours, and restaurants either completely free or with great discounts. The card provides 24-, 48-, 72-, 96- or 120-hour passes to these locations, plus free ride on public transportation, thus putting Budapest at your fingertips!

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few Budapest hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Carat Boutique Hotel, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest, The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Budapest, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Budapest typically costs somewhere between US$20+ and US$90+ per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus or cruise boat to enjoy sightseeing of Budapest in comfort from either land or water, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able to get on and off at any of the stops along the four interconnecting bus routes (your ticket is valid for all four) or the Danube riverbanks as often as you like.

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour of Budapest – this usually lasts up to 2 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the Hungarian capital. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have by walking.

- Pedal your way around Budapest on a 3-hour bike tour visiting the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Acquaint yourself up-close with the wonders of Budapest on a 3-hour walking tour of the UNESCO-listed and other heritage sites of the Hungarian capital, plus many more unexpected gems of this magical city.

- Awaken your taste buds to the highlights of Hungarian gastronomy on a 4-hour guided gourmet food tour of Budapest to sample some of the tastiest treats of the famously hearty Hungarian cuisine the city has to offer. Apart from feasting on its gastronomic treasures, with each bite you will also learn about the culinary culture of Budapest.

- Explore the centuries-long fascinating and complicated history of the Hungarian Jews. Take a guided Jewish heritage walk in Budapest to visit the historic Jewish quarters, memorials and synagogues of the city, home to one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe.

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in Budapest, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like the Etyek wine region, the Danube Bend, or Pecs. For as little as circa US$80+ to US$140 per person you will get a chance to savor some of Hungary’s delicious wines and learn some tricks of the local winemaking trade, visit the beautiful cities along the Danube Bend, travel to the old Hungarian capital Esztergom, get a chance to enjoy Mediterranean atmosphere amid the land-locked country, see the remnants of Turkish presence in Hungary, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up straight from your hotel in Budapest and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned minibus or private vehicle to the destination of your choice and back again.