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Where to celebrate carnival season in Budapest in 2024

Farsang, the Hungarian equivalent of the carnival season, stretches from January 6th until February 14th this year. Here is how to celebrate it.


6 best new bars in Budapest this summer

With pubs and bars now welcoming customers without Immunity Certificates, it’s high time we did a round-up of the best new places to have opened for summer in Budapest. Here are our six favourites, with a few more bound to come into play before autumn is upon us.


Dürer Kert

Moving over from Pest to set up at Buda’s new leisure hub of BudaPart around Kopaszi-gát near the Danube, the new Dürer Kert comprises a huge garden full of hidden nooks and crannies. In the middle, a large grassy space contains tables, chairs and a huge projector screen, ringed by food and drink outlets. Alongside the standard beers and bar snacks, there are spritzers in all sizes, including retro favourite VBK, red wine and cola. A stand-alone building will stage live gigs by summer’s end. It’s the kind of place where you can throw off your shoes and party under the stars. More details.



LA expat Bryan Wilson named his new bar after his dog, throwing a successful opening party in this trendy part of Újlipótváros. Those who don’t get a table are happy to stand outside with a drink, enjoying the sunshine and the view of the Danube. Inside, big windows bathe the interior with light, and eclectic lounge chairs create niche spaces to relax with friends. At the bar, darling brass stools line a mahogany-red countertop, and a small reception area near the entrance showcases spirits and wines. Live music is set up on a small elevated stage at the rear. An upstairs remains unfinished, except for the bathrooms. More details.


Jenő BÁR

A classic bohemian hangout filled with flea-market finds, Jenő was opened by three old friends on Zichy Jenő utca – online marketing expert Zsolt had already gone into business with Olivér, bringing bubble football to Hungary. There has been a pub here for the past 25 years, first Bastille and then a sports bar. A decorative element by the entrance refers to all the earlier iterations. They’re never going to be a bistro, but they do serve snacky kenyérlángos, a kind of flatbread. Created with oregano-spiced onion dough, it comes with dips (aubergine, mushrooms, red lentils) and homemade sausage. There’s also craft beer from Szent András on tap and the house wine is from Pátzay in Badacsony. More details.


MONYO Land (Closed)

Lovers of cult craft brewers MONYO have something new to celebrate: the opening of MONYO Land. Described as a Beer Disneyland, this new open-air outdoor entertainment venue lays on concerts, brewery tours, good food – and lots and lots of beer. It’s unsurprisingly popular, judging from the Grand Opening Party. MONYO Land is located in distant Kőbánya, easily accessible by 98 bus from Kőbánya-Kispest, five stops to Hangár utca. Eventually, MONYO will have its own party bus departing from Blaha Lujza tér. Concerts will be held most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Upcoming acts include Middlemist RedFran Palermo, Bëlga and the Pannonia Allstars Ska Orchestra. More details.


Nico Bar

On the banks of the Danube in Buda, between the French Institute and Batthyány tér, the Nico Bar is unsurprisingly elegant, adding a little colour to the calm milieu here. A basement bar with a terrace, it offers views across to Parliament outside, and pleasant cool within, along with a bar counter of bright gold and coloured lights. All is offset by snow-white walls and bare-brick vaulting, stylish yet restrained. It also suits the scheduled entertainment, DJs spinning electronica as background to conspiratorial conversation. It’s a notch above average, price-wise, but you’re in a prime location on the Buda side of town. Nico herself evokes decorative inspiration rather than any specific Velvets theme or music. More details.


Zsiráf Buda

Just opened at Széllkapu Park by the MillenárisZsiráf Buda proves that you don't have to be in Pest to have a good time – although the original Zsiráf by Nyugati station is always lively. A big screen has been set up for major sports eventssunsets are spectacular and a DJ spins at weekends. Make sure you have enough money with you (cash or cards), as you’ll be paying an 800-forint deposit for a wine glass, a round of drinks a pricy proposition once the spritzers start to flow. There’s no food and, currently, no WiFi, although they’re working on it. This might be just the place to try BudaPrés, a cider made with local apples and dangerously strong. More details.


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