Ruin Pubs Tour, Budapest (Self Guided)

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

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
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.
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

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

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

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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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.