Ruin Pubs Tour, 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: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: Xena

1) Corvintető

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...   view more
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...   view more
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...   view more

4) Fogasház

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,...   view more

5) KuPlug

Located in an old building formerly serving as an auto repair shop, KuPlung takes its name, which means “clutch” from this historical root. One odd design element includes the giant whale skeleton made out of paper that hangs above the room. Multi-colored walls also lend to a cheerful and somewhat unique touch to this quirky ruin pub. Over the years, the KuPlung has expanded to incorporate more rooms. Entertainment found here includes DJ nights with dancing, film screening, theater...   view more

6) 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...   view more

7) Ötkert

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...   view more

Walking Tours in Budapest, Hungary

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Nightlife Tour, Part 2

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km

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