Insider a Budapest
Budapest’s popular ruin pubs

Abandoned buildings in Budapest are being converted into “ruin pubs”: the coolest new nightspots in the city. They are open almost all year round and they are the best places to watch Hungary’s top bands perform live.

The majority of ruin pubs are in Pest, but they are now rapidly spreading throughout the city. The secret of their success is that they have managed to preserve their original atmosphere, with a retro style. The craze started around ten years ago and although venues of this kind are frequently closed down, new ones are always springing up and you will never fail to find a ruin pub where you can spend your evening.