Hi world, gonna be in Budapest on Thursday 24th May. Anyone got a suggestion on a good place to hang out - bars, clubs, perhaps playing rnb music or pop? No House or techno please.
Budapest has an exciting and diverse nightlife. The opening hours are not limited by the city, so most weekend party places are open until dawn or even late mornings. Unlike in other cities, there is no specific district or part of town which is known for clubbing and nightlife; all the best places are in different districts of town.
The selection of places to dance and drink or just listen to jazz or blues is enormous, even on weekdays. Admission fees are comparatively low, and drinks are generally cheap. There are many club types: modern dance clubs, cellar jazz bars, open-air party places with palm trees, late-night cafés and romantic cocktail bars and so on.
Parties in the top clubs are well advertised in advance, but there's generally no need to get tickets before going there - the worst thing that can happen is that you'll have to stand in line a little bit before gaining admittance. However, if you are visiting Budapest with a bigger group, it's worth making a reservation guest list when going to a major party to avoid confusion at the door.
There are places in Budapest that have a unique feel to them - the best examples are the so called ruin-clubs, mostly in Budapest's Jewish district. These alternative clubs are located in derelict old buildings, which are slated to be taken down, to give home to new housing projects.
A typical ruin-pub last about 3 years before being forced to move somewhere else. Lots of young professionals spend their evenings here, huddled over their laptops, while listening to the occasional live jazz concert, munching a sandwich and drinking beer.
From every spring until autumn, open-air clubs open their doors in South Buda, near the university district of Budapest and Margaret Island. Some of them even feature a small swimming pool for hot summer nights.
The majority of live jazz clubs and bars are in Budapest's 5th and 7th district, near Blaha Lujza tér and Oktogon. The larger discotheques and clubs are all over the city, but many of them are clustered in the northern suburbs of Buda.
Budapest abounds in clubs and bars, however to really enjoy nightlife in Budapest, you'd better gather some information to choose the right place or places that appeal to your musical or other preferences.
The spectrum of Budapest nighclubs runs from trendy clubs with star DJ-s, to jazz, rock and roll, latin music, striptease, gay and lesbian clubs.
Admission to most places is free, some ask 1500-2000 HUF/5-8 € entrance fee, especially if famous star DJ-s or bands perform.
If you don't want to plan your night just go to Liszt Ferenc tér in the VI. district near the Opera House, Ráday utca in IX. district or in the V. district. These areas abounds in places of enetertainment, from dance clubs, pubs to cozy cafés.
Rock Clubs in Budapest
Address: Mozsár utca 9., VI. district, trams 4-6, M1 metro Oktogon station
Open: Wed-Sat 19.00-until dawn, Concerts: 20.00-22.30, afterwards disco
202 Music Club
A very prestigious rock club in the country. It's a bit far from the city center.
Address: Fehérvári út 202., XI. district, tram 49.
Open: 20.00-05.00, rock party until dawn after concerts every weekend
Latin Music Clubs
Address: Szt. István krt. 15., V. district, M3 metro, trams 4-6 Nyugati tér station
Open: Thu-Sat: 21.00-05.00
A simple, lovely club defnitely not for snobs.
Palacio de la Salsa
Address: Aranytíz Ifjúági Központ, Arany János u. 10. V. district, M3 metro Arany János u. station
Open: Sat: 21.30-03.30 free salsa lesson from 21.31-22.30
Jazz Clubs in Budapest
1920's of America atmosphere. Live music every night (except Sunday) from 19.00 by the famous Cotton Club Jazz Band. Restaurant serves Hungarian and seafood specialties.
Address: Jókai utca 26., VI. district, trams 4-6, M1 metro Oktogon station
Open: Mon-Sat: 12.00-24.00
Stylish nightclub, piano music
Address: Nagymező utca 25., VI. district M1 metro Oktogon station
Open: 22.00-06.00 daily
Jazz Garden Club & Reastaurant
Restaurant with music, pub, quiet dining room, banquet room.
Address: Veres Pálné u. 44/a., VI. district, M3 metro Kálvin tér station
Open: Mon-Thu-Sun: 18.00-01.00, Fri-Sat: 18.00-02.00, Concerts every day: 21:00 - 24:00
Vera Jazz Café
Address: corner of Dohány utca Osvát utca in VII. district, M2 Blaha l. tér station
Concerts start at 21.00, admission free
Music & Dance Clubs in Budapest
Alcatraz Club & Restaurant
Address: Nyár utca 1., VII. district from Blaha L. tér towards Astoria the 3rd street on your right
Open: Mon-Wed: 16.00-02-00, Thur-Sat: 16.00-04.00, Sun: Closed
Barokko Club & Lounge
Address: Liszt Ferenc tér 5., VI. district, trams 4-6, M1 metro Oktogon station
Open: Wed-Sat: 12.00-03.00, Sun-Tue: 12.00-02.00
Morrison's Music Pub Opera
Address: Révay utca 25., VI. district, M1 metro Opera station
Open: Tue-Sat: 21.00-04.00
Unpretentious, cheerful ambience, cheap drinks make this place very trendy.
Address: corner of Honvéd utca Szt. István körút, V. district, trams 4-6, M3 metro Nyugati tér station
Open: every day 17.00-until dawn: Disco & karaoke from 17.00
New Orleans Music Club & Restaurant
Taste South-American cuisine while listening to live music. Their Draught Budweiser is really tempting.
Address: Lovag utca 5. VI. district, M3 Nyugati tér station
Open: 18.00-02.00 every day
Fat Mo's Music Club
One of the best places to enjoy live music: jazz, soul, blues nights. Very popular with both locals and expats, so pepared that it's usually packed. Reserve a table if you want a good night there. Restaurant sreves hearty dishes.
Address: Nyári Pál utca 11., V. district, M3 metro Kálvin tér or Ferenciek tere station
Mon-Thue: 12.00 -02.00
Wed: 12.00- 03.00
Old Man's Music Club
Live music, concerts (jazz, blues, latin rock) even on Monday. Very popular, prepare for crowd. If you want to eat reserve a table.
Address: Akácfa utca 13., near Blaha Lujza tér transportation hub (trams 4,6, M3 metro)
Concerts every day from 21.00 to 23.00
Admission is free.
Address: Marczibányi tér 5/a., II.district
Open: Mon-Sat: 14.00-24.00
Szóda Café & Club
Address: Wesselényi utca 18., near Blaha Lujza tér trams 4, 6, M3 metro
Open: 9.00-until dawn every day
3 rooms, 3 bars affordable, high standard new club. Popular meeting place of university students.
Address: Kossuth Lajos utca 17. V.district, M2 metro Astoria, M3 Ferenciek tere station
Club Seven Café Cocktail Bar & Music Club Stylish basement club.
Address: Akácfa utca 7., VII. district, near Blaha Lujza tér public transport hub (trams 4,6, M3 metro)
Open: every day 12.00-05.00
Admission: free for women, 2000 HUF/8 € for men
Macskafogó Music Pub
Address: Nádor utca 29., V. district, M2 metro, tram 2 Kossuth Lajos tér,
Open: Thur: 19.00-03.00, Fri-Sat: 19.00-04.00
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