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Budapest – Ruin pubs & clubs

The beginning of the 21st century was an exciting turning point in the night-life of Budapest: in the central area of the city new places were opened one after another in tenement houses and factory buildings doomed to destruction. These were equipped with rejected furniture of old community centres, cinemas, and grandmothers’ flats, bringing a retro feeling into these places.

They were soon called ruinpubs and became popular very fast among the youth of Budapest – ruinpub is the exact translation of the Hungarian name.

Some of the most popular ruin pubs:

Szimpla Kert

“The mother of all ruin pubs”. Must see. Web:


One of the most unique places around, a classic ruin pub with 3 floors and dancing in the cellar. Web: FB:


The most unique ruin pub in town with many great ideas, offering a very nice garden during the summer. Highly recommended! FB:


Classic ruin pub offering multicultural programs. Web:




A38 (all styles)

Definitely one the best venues in town, a reincarnation of a Ukrainian stone-carrier ship with the most exciting concerts & DJs @ Budapest. The restaurant is also fine. Web:

DPU chachacha (electric)

Disco, Progressive, Underground in a railway station. Can catch a nice party here. Website: FB:

Mokka Cuka (electric)

Summer Only! Open-air dancing for the ones who like to do the X technique for the rhythms of dnb. Web: FB:

Merlin (electric)

A nice club offering good cocktails and high standard electronic music. (closed during the summer) Web: FB:

Mono (underground electric)

If you like real underground electric music you must see this small club in the cellar. Web:

Kuplung (electric)

Free-entry alternative electric music, you can always party here if you like breaks and house. Web: FB:

Tűzraktér (electric/underground)

During the summer this place works as a VJ centre which gives a special atmosphere to it. It is perfect to kick out the night and sometimes you will not move anywhere just dance here till dawn

FogasHáz (electric)

Classic ruin pub offering multicultural programs. Web:

Corvintető (all styles)

Have you ever had 2 shots in an elevator and danced till morning on the roof a building in the city centre? It’s high time to try this here. Web: FB:

Gödör Club (world music/all)

During the summer it is the biggest meeting point of the coolest Budapest people from 15 to 40. Must see. It also offers some nice concerts and DJs during the winter. Web:

Dürer Kert (all styles)

Electro, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, Ska, Rock, Hardcore and Fusion music Indoor and outdoor (summer only) in an epic building. Warm snacks available. Web: FB:


A charming little place to have some drinks before the party. Drinking “FÉNY” (the light) is a must. Web:


A perfect smoky warm-up pub run by Brits. Sometimes you may also catch a party here. Web:

Sark Kert

Summer Only! Charmingly shabby atmosphere by the riverside, perfect to have some beers or frocks and prepare for the party. Warm food available!

Fecske Terasz

Summer only! Highly recommended to have some fröccs here before the party during the summer. The cuisine also worth a try. Web:


One of the oldest ruin pubs around, nice to have some drinks before partying. Web: FB:…


Nice cellar pub offering jazzy music during the week, perfect for chatting and some beers. Web:

Csendes Létterem

A perfect warm-up place with very special atmosphere. FB:


Summer Only! A very green place with charming atmosphere which perfect for some chatting and beers. Don’t forget to try the Balkan burger! Web: …


A cool new looking place offering a small dance floor with pop music. Kitchen is also available. FB:


A nice café during the day, a worth-a-look party place during the night. Web:


Sisha smoking jazz pub offering live concerts. Designed for chatting. Web:

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Dürer Kert

Gödör Klub