Despite the plethora of nightspots in Budapest, those seeking refined electronic sounds are hardly spoiled for choice. This spring, however, a club/bar opened directly opposite the National Museum, where jazz, house and trip-hop pour out of the speakers. With the DIY psychedelic décor reminiscent of the late lamented Cökxpôn Café, and a decent array of drinks and DJs, owners Rita Szente, Ármin Kriszt and Bence Tarr have created a versatile showcase for their musical passion.
The area around Kálvin tér has seen a lot of openings of late, Holló And Róka for one. But there the focus is, mainly, food, and quality wine. If you’re looking to kick back once your meal has hit the spot, now you needn’t have to traipse all the way to Budapest’s party quarter.
The triumvirate of electronica-worshipping owners had in mind a venue where analogue acid also has a home, and where there might be improvisation on some instrument or other as a DJ spins. One night there might be a memorable live act; the next, dancing on tables; the next, just a cocktail or two at the bar.
Less courageous lounge bars might not programme material such as The Best Bad Trip featuring the eclectic selections of Peter Bernath, but would prefer instead to rely on Café del Mar compilations. Similarly, compared to other top-notch establishments around the city, the prices and range of drinks here are more than favourable, with Rothbeer, Edelweiss and Krušovice beers, Long Island iced teas, Bols Genever gin and sparkling wine.
Although closing in high season as many other clubs do, Ambient will not rest on its laurels after early June but plan out themed events, film clubs and exhibitions. Much will depend on the feedback they get from regular customers.
After Klinika, Budapest has another spot underscored by a complete dedication to music. At some point this year, party guru László Papp will open a music-and-culture centre somewhere in District VIII. All the clubber will have to do is decide between them.
V District. Múzeum körút 41.