Ruin Pubs Tour (Self Guided), Budapest

A truly unique attraction to the city of Budapest, ruin pubs are thriving modern establishments that are located inside old abandoned buildings. The antiquity inherent in their architecture adds a certain character to these pubs. Inside the spots found on the Budapest Ruin Pubs Tour guests are treated to an assortment of entertainment opportunities, including hot DJ sets, live musical acts, film screenings, theatrical performances, and much more.
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Ruin Pubs Tour Map

Guide Name: Ruin Pubs Tour
Guide Location: Hungary » Budapest (See other walking tours in Budapest)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: Xena
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Corvinteto

1) Corvinteto

An iconic city building facing the Danube River built in 1926, Corvintető is located inside the former Communist Party department store. Nowadays, this popular nightclub and ruin pub features local and international DJs spinning a variety of electronic sounds, including dub step, deep house, ghettofunk, and trap. Live indie rock performances are also found here throughout the week, as well as poetry slams. Corvintető also boasts a rooftop terrace with full service bar that is open in summertime. From up here guests can enjoy a beautiful view of the city below. The floor below is where the action takes place, sporting a spacious dance floor with neon lights and a casual atmosphere meant for just having a good time.

Operation hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 10 pm – 6 am
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Grandio Bar

2) Grandio Bar

A unique ruin pub and party hostel located on Nagy Diófa utca, Grandio Bar features a number of interesting design elements to delight the senses of its guests. The inner courtyard is decorated with lush vegetation all over, painted tables and plenty of lawn furniture creating a casual, laid back atmosphere for guests to lounge with a cocktail and enjoy a conversation with a friend. The arrangement of the furniture helps to create intimate nooks where guests can make their places with a few friends for the night. There is a room dedicated to table tennis, as well as the downstairs yard where there is a large statue of a carrot, as well as several imaginative friezes and other works of art for guests to enjoy.
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Szimpla Kert

3) Szimpla Kert

Arguably one of Budapest’s most popular ruin pubs, Szimpla Kert also happens to be one of the city’s oldest ones as well. A great place to hang out and enjoy a beer, the design of the place includes old mis-matched furniture, visible ductwork, art work lining the walls for a casual and relaxed atmosphere that keeps guests coming back for more. Live music as well as film nights are found here from time to time. Popular with both tourists and locals, Szimpla Kert was voted third place in Lonely Planet’s 100 Great Bars of the World competition. On Sundays, Szimpla Kert also offers a farmer’s market offering fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: noon - 3 am
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Fogashaz

4) Fogashaz

Fogasház is a popular ruin pub that serves as both a bar and a cultural space, attracting artists, musicians, and theater groups to enrich the diverse palette of entertainment available here. Offering a spacious outdoor courtyard in the summertime, Fogasház is a great place to hang out with locals in a casual and friendly atmosphere. On the weekends, DJs heat up the dance floor, with stunning multimedia displays to accompany the beats. Upstairs guests can grab a slice of pizza or other snack, while downstairs offers foosball, table tennis, and other games. Film screenings are also found here from time to time.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 am; Sunday: 4 pm - 4 am
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Instant

5) Instant

Located inside a former residential building, the old apartments inside Instant now serve as semi-private lounge areas, with the doors removed, overlooking the lush courtyard below. This Bohemian ruin pub is strewn with old furniture and graffiti on the walls with a haphazard, carefree interior design for a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Instant provides a host of services to its guests, at once serving as a pub to get drinks, a café offering food, and a public art space exhibiting local works in its gallery. This large hotspot includes 23 rooms, six bars, two outdoor gardens, four dance floors, and constant music ringing throughout the mazy complex.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 4 pm - 3 am
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Otkert

6) Otkert

A multifaceted venue attracting a hip, artistic crowd, Ötkert is a trendy ruin pub located in the heart of Budapest. This bar’s irreverently styled interior changes from time to time to keep the look fresh. Hosting live DJs of both local and international acclaim, as well as live performances from national bands, Ötkert also sponsors exhibitions of contemporary art talent, with constantly changing displays. Dinner by candlelight with soft acoustic music can also be found here each night, as a terrace with a view of Zrínyi utca below. This large flexible space holds a capacity of up to 1000 guests and is available for private parties and events as well.

Operation hours: Monday – Tuesday: 11 am – 2 am; Wednesday - Saturday: 11 am – 5 am; Sunday: 11 am – midnight

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