The sun sets, casting a warm glow over Budapest, and the city transforms into a vibrant playground for night owls. With the stress of exams fading, the Euro Championships in full swing, and July kicking in, Budapest's summer party season is heating up!

Whether you're planning pre-concert nibbles, a post-game celebration, or a sultry night of cocktails and conversation, Budapest has something to tantalize every taste bud.

1. Port de Budapest: Magical flavours combined with a visual experience

Looking for a unique and visually stunning way to kick off your Budapest night? Look no further than Port de Budapest, located in the city's heart. This vibrant venue isn't your typical party spot, but it comes alive from Thursday to Sunday with live DJ sets and a breathtaking panoramic view. As you sip your drink and enjoy the music, take in the dazzling cityscape, offering glimpses of the Liberty Bridge, Elisabeth Bridge, and even Gellért Hill. Hungry? Port de Budapest caters to your culinary cravings too. Their menu features classic dishes like fish and chips, tiger prawn pil-pil, and pineapple veal nuggets. Don't miss their special drinks menu on the terrace, boasting a selection of signature cocktails and G&Ts. For a summery twist, try the Lisa, inspired by the surrounding bridges, or the bittersweet Liberty.

2. Spíler Biergarten: Bavarian pub in a historic setting

Craving a taste of Germany without leaving Budapest? Head to Spíler Biergarten in the historic Buda Castle District. Stepping into Dísz tér feels like stepping into an authentic Bavarian beer garden, complete with a lively atmosphere and hearty food. Enjoy homemade dishes, fried meats, and main courses alongside classic beer garden fare like sausages and pork leg. Vegetarians and pizza lovers are also well-catered to with veggie burgers and pizzas on the menu. Wash it all down with your perfect beverage. Spíler Biergarten offers its own range of craft beers, including Spíler Pils, Spíler Cherry, Spíler Blondie, Spíler Dark, and Spíler IPA. They also have a wide selection of shots, basic cocktails, long drinks, and spirits. The inviting ambience and diverse menu are sure to keep you wanting more, making Spíler Biergarten the perfect spot to spend a delightful evening.

3. Spíler Buda: Rockin’ vibes, majestic dishes

Spíler Buda, located at MOM Park, transcends a simple restaurant, becoming a lifestyle destination. Here, rock 'n' roll cool meets sophisticated elegance, with the menu reflecting this fusion. Indulge in juicy burgers and steaks crafted from premium ingredients. Meat lovers can try the Angus rib-eye steak with grilled veggies and jus, while vegetarians can enjoy the punchy Beyond Burger featuring a plant-based patty made with mushrooms and purple onion. Complement your meal with a selection of sensational wines, their own craft beers, or one of their signature cocktails. Every Thursday after the Euros, Spíler Buda helps you ease into the weekend with live music and discounted drinks, making it the perfect after-work treat. Plus, if you haven't gotten your fill of football, you can catch the rest of the European Championship on their spacious terrace until the end of July.

4. Gozsdu Courtyard: Where life is always buzzing

Venture into the Gozsdu Courtyard, where life never stops. Three iconic venues, each with a distinct personality, offer a unique blend of party atmosphere and delicious bistro fare. The Downtown is a haven of casual vibes during the day, but come nightfall, the basement transforms into the pulsating Aether Club, ideal for the party crowd. Klikk Bistrobar channels 1960s Americana, serving light lunches and appetisers by day and exciting cocktails by night. They're also your go-to for weeknight celebrations. And for those seeking a taste of Spain, Vicky Barcelona transports you to Barcelona with Latin party vibes, live music on Thursdays, and delectable tapas to enjoy before or after your fiesta.

5. Budapest Garden: Football, food, and Danube delights

This outdoor entertainment complex in Óbuda is a haven for foodies and fun-seekers alike. Four unique dining experiences await you. Indulge in light, crispy, and beautifully bubbly Roman-style pizza with various rich toppings in Tepsis római pizza, or satisfy your savoury cravings with delicious sandwiches, perfect for cheese lovers and vegetarians. Sides like chips, sweet potatoes, and sauces complete the meal at Paneer. Take your pick from a delightful selection of doughnuts at Láng Fánk, with traditional cheese and cream options alongside gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan varieties. American-style doughnuts with various toppings (including vegan options) are also available. Last, but not least, dive into a juicy burger from Deep Burger food truck's menu featuring 12 different burger variations with various toppings and sauces. Junior burgers, chicken wings, cheddar nuggets, onion rings, Caesar salad, and sweet treats like American pancakes and Nutella cheesecake round out their offerings. Beyond the delicious fare, Budapest Garden is a hub for fun. Cheer on your favourite team, get active with some sports, or even participate in baking and exercise sessions in the garden.

6. Beer & Burger at Stifler House: Eat, drink, dance, repeat

For a more club-centric experience, head to Beer & Burger at Stifler House in the heart of the party district. This isn't just a restaurant; it's a place where flavours, atmosphere, and community come together. Their tempting food and lively ambience guarantee a memorable experience. Start your day right with a delicious breakfast at Stifler House or refuel after a night of dancing. They offer premium quality dishes in a comfortable and friendly environment, making them the perfect spot for anything from a morning pick-me-up to a pre-party snack. Stifler House's multi-level dance floors host epic parties every night. And, after all that dancing, you can cap off your night with a delectable sweet or egg breakfast – a Budapest tradition not to be missed!

7. Deep Burger at Stifler 32 and Füge Udvar: An all-American experience

Craving a taste of the USA? Look no further than Deep Burger Budapest! They have two locations to satisfy your burger cravings: Stifler 32 on Rákóczi út and Füge Udvar on Klauzál utca. Both offer authentic American flavours with a premium street food vibe. Prepare to be impressed by their dedication to quality. Here, you'll find 100% homemade goodness, from the juicy 180-gram beef patties to the sauces and buns. Vegans don't have to miss out either – a delicious goat cheese burger made with high-quality ingredients from a local producer is on the menu. And to truly complete the American experience, wash it all down with their gallon-sized barbecue sauce imported straight from the US! Beyond the burgers, Deep Burger offers a range of classic bar food favourites. Dig into BBQ chicken wings, cheddar nuggets, or a plate of nachos. Don't forget to end your meal on a sweet note with their signature maple syrup pancakes – a taste of Americana you won't want to miss.

8. Budapest Park: Fuel up for fun, all summer long

For a vibrant mix of food and entertainment under the summer sky, head to Budapest ParkThis open-air venue caters to all tastes and appetites, whether you're looking for a pre-concert bite or a post-show meal. Their diverse range of vendors includes units of McDonald's, PizzaMe, Hummusbar, New York Hot Dog, Rebel Burger, Lángos, and Szendvicsbár. Whether you're feeling peckish, have dietary restrictions, or just fancy a hearty meal, Budapest Park has something to satisfy everyone. The 'Domb' venue offers a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy the festival atmosphere, with easy access to food vendors and a good view of the stage.

(Cover photo: Vicky Barcelona)