Budapest's summer vibes are calling and if you're craving a fun get-together with friends, read on! This vibrant city offers a scene for every mood. Whether you're looking for chill chats & culinary delights or non-stop partying.

This list features 10 amazing places and activities to explore, perfect for sharing experiences with friends or simply having a blast together. From exciting games and thrilling cheers to picnics under the sun and cozy terrace chats, Budapest has it all! Let the fun begin!

Beerstro 14: Beer & steak, the perfect match

Craving a juicy steak and a cold brew with friends? Look no further than Beerstro 14, a chic and casual steakhouse in the heart of the city. This low-key gem offers a variety of options. Can't decide between a classic tenderloin, a flavourful ribeye, or a hearty sirloin? No worries! Beerstro 14 offers a two-person platter, allowing you to share your favourites. Not a red meat fan? They've got you covered. Salmon steaks, grilled sea bass, and refreshing salads around the menu. Indulge in their namesake – beer! Craft brews are on tap, but their beverage selection goes beyond hops. The wine list boasts nearly 100 options, featuring Hungarian, Italian, French, and New Zealand varieties. Don't forget their creative cocktails, perfect for social gatherings.

Early reservations are recommended.

Gárdonyi Piknik: Start the summer with a street festival!

Get ready for a delightful picnic experience in a less touristy but all-the-same buzzing part of town! This year's Picnic promises a vibrant atmosphere and engaging activities to kick off your summer fun, in a cosy square in front of the B32 Gallery, Bartók Béla út on the Buda side. Whether you're with friends or family, young or old, this event has something for everyone. Pack your picnic baskets and browse the enticing offerings at the farmers' market. You can then enjoy your delicious finds together in the park, with refreshments from the nearby Enter Bar. Expect board games, exciting workshops, and live music, brought to you by the Flanger Kids and the Kaptza band. Gyuri Ferenczi will be closing the programme at 10 pm. The best bit? It's all free.

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Budapest Garden: Budapest’s hub offers sports, BBQs, and open-air cinema

Escape the city buzz and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Budapest Garden! Open all summer long, this 13,000-square-metre haven in Óbuda caters to all ages and interests. Whether you're seeking a fun day out with family, your four-legged pal, a relaxing escape with friends, or a unique team-building experience for your company, Budapest Garden offers the perfect setting. It's a spacious, child-friendly haven where everyone can unwind and enjoy quality time together. Challenge your friends or family to a game of football on the artificial pitches, perfect your volleyball skills on the sandy beach, or get active with bubble football, ping pong, foosball, badminton, or a session at the skate park. Thursdays bring adult trampoline nights, ensuring everyone gets their share of playful exercise. Feeling peckish? Satisfy your cravings with delicious treats from Paneer, Láng Fánk's irresistible doughnuts, or Deep Burger food truck's tempting selection of burgers, salads, and desserts. For a more social experience, gather your loved ones and prepare a delicious meal at the barbecue stoves, enjoying a delightful summer evening together. Relax on the cozy deckchairs and watch a movie under the stars in the free open-air cinema, popcorn in hand. Get ready to cheer on your favourite team during the European Football Championship! GardenFest2024 transforms Budapest Garden into Óbuda's biggest supporters' village. With two large LED walls, additional projectors, and a captivating festival atmosphere, it's the ultimate spot to catch the games and celebrate with fellow fans.

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Royal Guard Restaurant and Café: Feel the history

Step back in time and experience Hungarian history on a plate at the Royal Guard Restaurant and Café. This unique establishment isn't just about delicious food; it's a captivating immersion into the legacy of the Hungarian Guard. Indulge in their signature dish, the M.69 pork knuckle. This masterpiece boasts a crispy exterior and melt-in-your-mouth interior, all presented on a miniature M69 guard sabre – a truly special touch. While the M.69 is a meat-lover' dream, the menu offers other enticing options like the Grenadiermarsch'and the Royal Guard cake – a dulcey blond chocolate creation adorned with forest fruits. The restaurant takes pride in preserving the rich traditions of the Hungarian bodyguards through their culinary creations. Each bite is a journey through history. The spirit of the Hungarian Guard permeates the restaurant. Special objects, decorations, and relics adorn the space, transporting you to a bygone era of heroism and bravery. Every detail, from the food to the ambience, is meticulously crafted to create an unforgettable dining experience.

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Spoon the Boat: Budapest unfurls at your feet

Whether you're catching up with friends over casual cocktails or indulging in a delectable lunch or dinner, Spoon's terrace boasts the crown jewel – an unrivalled panoramic view of Budapest's iconic landmarks. Witness the city transform as the sun dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the Danube and igniting the city lights. Escape the summer heat and soak in the cool breeze wafting off the Danube. The terrace's proximity to the water creates a refreshingly unique ambience, perfect for an extended conversation or simply enjoying the scenery. Spoon's menu caters to diverse palates. From a light and refreshing lime ramen soup to hearty Italian pasta, or a classic Hungarian cottage cheese dumpling to a decadent vegan brownie, their international cuisine offers something for everyone. The central location and relaxed atmosphere make Spoon ideal for spontaneous get-togethers. Whether you're meeting old friends or new acquaintances, Spoon provides the perfect setting. With its stunning views, delicious food, and refreshing drinks, Spoon promises a memorable dining experience, leaving you wanting to return for another taste of Budapest's magic.

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MystIQueRoom: The team comes together

Budapest's largest escape room complex, MystIQueRoom, has just levelled up! Brace yourselves for 18 thrilling escape rooms, each designed to unleash your inner explorer. Whether you crave the challenge of a Pharaoh's tomb, the mind-bending possibilities of a time machine, or the swashbuckling adventure of a pirate quest, MystIQueRoom has the perfect portal to a world beyond imagination. Feeling the need for a serious adrenaline rush? Take a terrifying ride on 'The Witch' or prepare to be spooked by the brand new horror experience, 'House of Fear,' opening its doors on June 21st! Looking for a pre-party icebreaker that will have you roaring with laughter? Check out Quizy!, a unique trivia game packed with mini-games, memes, andjokes. It's the perfect way to get your team in the winning spirit! MystIQueRoom's games are ideal for groups of 2-6 players. However, larger groups can conquer multiple challenges simultaneously, fostering teamwork and camaraderie. No need to worry about rain or scorching summer heat. Every MystIQueRoom location is fully air-conditioned and ready to provide a refreshing escape from reality.

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Historical Tales: Quality techno in a historical setting

On 15 June, Historical Tales presents one of the most special events of the summer, with three live performances. The renowned DJ and producer Christian Löffler returns with his brand new album. Witness the unveiling of Mimose, Parra for Cuva's latest musical masterpiece, and immerse yourself in the electrifying energy of Thylacine's performance, adding a pulsating layer to this unforgettable night. This isn't just a concert; it's a fusion of cutting-edge music and historical grandeur. Dance under the stars in the UNESCO World Heritage SiteLion Courtyard and create memories that will last a lifetime. Gather your friends and prepare to be amazed! Historical Tales presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience exceptional techno amidst the rich tapestry of Budapest's history. Don't miss out – secure your tickets today!

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Morrison’s 2: Party all week

Unleash your inner dancer and get ready to celebrate all week long at Morri (as locals call it), Budapest's biggest nightclub! From Monday to Saturday, this massive club transforms into a party haven, offering a non-stop celebration for everyone. No matter your musical taste, Morri 2 caters to you. With 7 different dance floors pumping out unique genres, you're guaranteed to find the perfect beat to move to. And don't let weekdays fool you – Morri 2 attracts a vibrant crowd even on casual nights, ensuring a lively atmosphere throughout the week. Need a reason to head out on a Monday? Morri 2 has you covered! Score amazing drink deals between 9 pm and 11 pm. Grab a pint of beer for a steal at HUF 250, or indulge in Sangria, vodka soda, or tequila at budget-friendly prices. Thirsty Thursdays offer another reason to celebrate – arrive before 9 pm and unlock unlimited drinks for just HUF 2,999! Craving endless beverages on other days? No problem! Morri 2 offers unlimited drink packages starting from HUF 4,999. But the fun doesn't stop there! Entry is free for everyone until 9 pm, and anyone over 30 gets complimentary entry all night. So, gather your friends and head over for a night (or nights!) of budget-friendly partying. During the summer, soak up the sunshine and cool off in Morri 2's spacious open-air courtyard and terrace. And if you're a sports fan, get ready to cheer on your favourite teams! Catch all the action of the Euros 2024 with your mates on the club's giant screen.

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Stifler32: Extra fun, American-style

Stifler32 Bar & Club , located on the lively Grand Boulevard in the heart of Budapest's downtown scene, promises American-style fun you won't want to miss. This bar and club is the perfect hangout spot for friends and girlfriends, offering a vibrant atmosphere reminiscent of a genuine American sports bar. Never miss a moment of the action! Stifler32 broadcasts all major sporting events, ensuring you can always cheer on your favourite team. Feeling like a VIP? Reserve a booth equipped with its own TV, allowing you and your friends to customize your viewing experience and catch all the sports channels you desire. Beyond live sports, Stifler32 caters to your competitive spirit with a variety of fun games. Challenge your friends to a foosball match, test your aim at the dartboard, relive the classics with pinball machines, or shoot some hoops on the basketball machines. And for those who prefer a more strategic game, there are also excellent pool tables available. After all that cheering and competition, you're bound to work up an appetite. Luckily, Stifler32 has you covered. You can grab a delicious burger directly from Deep Burger restaurant, conveniently located within the bar itself, ensuring you can seamlessly transition from cheering to feasting.

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Instant-Fogas complex: Party from Sunday afternoon

Budapest's party scene just got a whole lot bigger (and better)! The Instant-Fogas complex, a sprawling party labyrinth in the heart of the city, throws open its doors for endless fun – starting from Sunday afternoons! Get ready to unleash your inner dancer! With a whopping 1,200 square metres spread across 18 bars and 7 unique dance floors, you're guaranteed to find the perfect groove. From atmospheric interiors to open-air revelry in the garden or terrace, the complex offers a variety of settings to match your mood. Don't miss Hello Freedom, a colossal three-day summer launch party happening from June 13th to 15th! This epic celebration promises to keep the party going until 6 am each night. From acoustic concerts to heart-pounding rock and electronic beats, Instant-Fogas plays host to a diverse range of musical genres. Ready to create unforgettable summer memories and dance the night away? Head over to Instant-Fogas and let the good times roll!

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(Cover photo: Historical Tales)