Budapest’s newest wine bar – ETAP Deli & Night on Király St

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The following has been happening on the corner of Király and Nagymező Streets for a while now: people walking on the the odd side of the street stop for a moment and marvel at a shopwindow and what’s behind it. It is the ETAP Deli & Night Wine Bar that has been catching the eye of passers-by with its elegant and refined design. But there’s more to this place than meets the eye, let’s explain.

Don’t be shy! Step inside and enjoy the friendly and pleasant ambiance and nice service. Because this is exactly what ETAP Deli & Night is about: leaving behind the fancy wine bar trend and instead bridging the gap between these wine bars and other informal drinking establishments. ETAP hits this mark in terms of both looks and prices. This new venue makes you feel at home before and after (sometimes even during) work, or even for short meetings involving snacks. Hence the name of the place, “étape”, in French means a stage or stop (on a journey). Aspiring to help the emergence of unpretentious consumption of quality wine, ETAP wishes to be your first stop at lunchtime or before your night-out.
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Assisted by the environment dreamed up by the interior design team of the Numbernow studio and graphic artist Ábris Gryllus, ETAP wishes to appeal primarily to the 25 to 35 age group, who can browse the wine selection while lounging in cosy leather armchairs. The wine bar works with 26 wineries. According to plans, ETAP will regularly host wine tasting, wine quiz nights, and have live music to increase the fun factor of your visits on weekdays.
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As for the wine selection, the manager explained ETAP only sought out winemakers capable of delivering excellent drinks from their press house. The wine bar has tried to give place to lesser-known or family wineries, but the shelves also hold bottles by mainstream wineries such as Meinklang, Kreinbacher and 2HA Pinot Gris.  

The liquid selection is accompanied by a “solid” selection as well: all the wine snacks are home-made, including the zacuscă, the Liptauer, the jams and the bread, which is baked on site. For now, the Deli(catessen) section offers only the eat-in option, but from December you can order the mixed platters of cheeses, spreads, hams and sausages for takeaway.

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Of course, the grape-based beverage is not your only option: home-made syrups and lemonades, teas, freshly roasted Lumen coffee, pálinkas (including Brill’s beetroot pálinka) and craft beer variations increase the diversity of the drink card.
ETAP Deli & Night
  • 1077 Budapest, Király utca 43-45.
To return to the gist of ETAP, whenever you feel intimidated by the abundant selection, don’t hesitate to turn to the staff for help, because they will willingly talk about the wine varieties or the dishes anytime. Our étape was cured ham, smoked goose breast, Etyeki Rouge and red onion gomolya cheese, garlic and dried tomato seasoned zacuscă and home-made pickles, which were nicely complemented by the 1.5-dl portions of dry red wine and the unobtrusive jazz tunes in the background.