Ruin Pubs Tour (Self Guided), Budapest

A truly unique attraction to the city of Budapest, ruin pubs are thriving modern establishments located inside old abandoned buildings, the inherent dereliction of their architecture adding a certain character and appeal. Inside the spots found on this self-guided tour, guests are treated to an assortment of entertainment opportunities, including, hot DJ sets, live musical acts, film screenings, and many unexpected surprises.
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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: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: Xena
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Corvin Club and Roof Terrace
  • Szimpla Kert
  • Grandio Bar / Party Hostel
  • Doboz
  • Instant – Fogas
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Corvin Club and Roof Terrace

1) Corvin Club and Roof Terrace

The Corvin Club is located inside the former Communist Party department store, an iconic city building facing the Danube River that was built in 1926. Nowadays, this popular ruin pub and underground nightclub features local and international DJs spinning contemporary electronic sounds – particularly techno. Besides the industrial-like interior and rather spacious floor, the club also boasts a rooftop terrace (with a full-service bar that is open in summertime) which is not too high but still great to have some fresh air, conversations and beers while enjoying views of the city below. Great music, cheap drinks, and a relaxed atmosphere. The only downside seems to be the "single-entry" policy, meaning one can't re-enter the place – but perhaps that's an all-Hungarian clubbing culture element.

Opening Hours:
Thu-Sat: 10pm–5am
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Szimpla Kert

2) Szimpla Kert

Arguably Budapest's number-one ruin pub, Szimpla Kert also inspired all other pubs of its kind in Budapest. This place is not so much a bar, more a labyrinth of bars in three buildings forming a C-shape with a central courtyard. The bars in the courtyard are serving hundreds of people, so grab a drink at any of them, as you're free to walk with it to any area.

Step up a metal staircase to the mezzanine floor that joins the buildings together in a hard-to-describe network of dozens more bars, tropical plants, hipster art and strange sights, e.g. a woman selling carrots, people on cushions in one room watching a chilled out movie, a futuristic gin laboratory, and rough and ready bars serving up beers/shots for cheap prices.

This bar is perfect for a cool couple's night to get lost in one of the quieter corners and people-watch, or if you're a larger group of friends looking to party hard, you can immerse yourself fully in the experience, crawling from one bar to the next. With staircases, multiple levels and lots of places to get lost, just have a meetup point planned if things get too wild!

Tip:
Don't miss the Sunday farmers' market and all-you-can-eat brunch! The food on offer is fresh, local, delicious and plentiful.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 12pm-4am; Sun: 9am-4am
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Grandio Bar / Party Hostel

3) Grandio Bar / Party Hostel

A unique ruin pub and party hostel located on Nagy Diófa utca, Grandio Bar features a number of interesting design elements that celebrate Budapest's free spirits. Decorated with lush vegetation all over, the inner courtyard has painted tables and plenty of lawn furniture creating a casual, laid back atmosphere for guests to lounge with a cocktail and enjoy a conversation. The music can be fairly quiet, too, compared to other ruin bars, but the team that works here really knows how to party; plus, they have tons of recommendations on what you should do in Budapest. Grandio is definitely a place for those looking to drink and make friends!
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Doboz

4) Doboz

Located inside a unique rectangular-shaped building formerly serving as a children's hospital during the Second World War, Doboz (Hungarian for "box") has different bars and areas for all types of partygoers. If you're keen to find a cheaper drinking establishment to start off a night in Budapest, you won't be disappointed.

Downstairs is where guests will find the live music venue, and grill and bar, while 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 wrapped around a live sycamore tree (the oldest of the district, at over 300 years), 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.

Tip:
Make a mental note of where the exit is when you first come in. It can be difficult to find, especially if you've been drinking for a while.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Sat: 5pm–6am; Sun: 10pm–5am
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Instant – Fogas

5) Instant – Fogas

A great example of a "ruin bar empire" in the heart of Budapest, Instant – Fogas is actually made of multiple different bars located in one place, fitted with a spacious outdoor courtyard in the summertime. Whatever your taste in music, you will likely find it here, so if you're in Budapest to party, this is definitely a recommended stop. There's constant music ringing on multiple dance floors, plenty of drinks everywhere, and even a pizza spot in case you get hungry.

Tip:
In summer arrive early to avoid a long wait; this is one of the most popular clubbing spots in Budapest, after all...

Opening Hours:
Daily: 4pm–6am

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