From a rustic hangout in a refurbished century-old building on a corner of Budapest’s hippest nightlife zone, to a refined riverfront spot with sweeping vistas over the Pest skyline, to an upscale bar inspired by sprawling Hungarian vineyards, the Magyar metropolis features many enchanting locales offering aromatic local wines and assorted international libations. All of these intoxicating settings are perfect places for a pleasant date night, offering ideal hideaways for sharing romantic moments amid the city’s urban buzz.
Housed within a historic building on the Buda riverfront, this exquisite enoteca boasts stunning vistas over the Chain Bridge and the Danube, and while Andante is often full of tourists (and has prices aimed at foreign pocketbooks), a slow-paced rendezvous here is well worthwhile for couples wanting to sample a wide variety of local libations. Guests can choose among one of the city’s best selections of Hungarian wines poured by the glass, while devouring a limited selection of regional specialties, like grilled goose liver or organic Mangalica pork chops. Make sure to book in advance to score one of the window-side tables.
Found on a cozy corner of Király Street at the edge of Budapest’s hip District VII, the newly opened Apropós welcomes couples with sparkling eyes to spend memorable moments while savoring a fine assortment of products from Hungary’s small-scale wineries that we don’t find in most places, like Benedek Pince and Merfelsz. Additionally, here guest enjoy fizzy Italian Prosecco or French Champagne, along with tasteful tapas treats. With its warm interior, friendly timber-lined décor, and vintage elements (including old record players and vegetable racks), this homey hangout is ideal for out-of-sight romance.
Doblo Bor & Bár
On an ever-bustling corner of Dob Street in the heart of Pest’s Jewish Quarter, Doblo is a laid-back meeting point for bibulous lovebirds, with tastefully dimmed lights, elegantly exposed brick walls, and wine bottles stylishly mounted side-by-side. If the outset of your date is marred by uncomfortable silences, the abundant selection of Magyar-made reds, whites, and rosés should get conversation flowing – and if that doesn’t do it, the excellent variety of Hungarian pálinka brandy will do the trick. Additionally, countryside-style tapas platters offer local flavor, while live jazz sessions and electroswing DJs provide mood music.
Whether you prefer lounging on thickly padded sofas or taking things to new heights up amid the gallery tables, Képzeld el! is a comfortably colorful place for sampling select Hungarian and international wines or tongue-tickling champagnes, hidden in plain sight on an oft-overlooked corner of Wesselényi Street. While this place is appealing to a youthful clientele thanks to its playful décor, the selection of wines is certainly sophisticated, and foods offered here include Hungarian cheese specialties and olive selections. Best of all, the management makes a point of keeping prices reasonable, making it appealing for all ages.
Address: 1077 Budapest, 23 Wesselényi utca Street
With a focus on Austrian wines, anyone can feel Vienna vibes at KisBécs (“Little Vienna” in Hungarian), where guests enjoy some premier products from all of Austria’s wine regions. At this little hideaway in Buda’s District XII, the fascinating mix of wooden design with eclectic elements creates a welcoming venue, where apart from the vibrant wine selection, guests can devour hearty breakfasts, light salads, and assorted wine snacks. During warmer months, the terrace here is an especially romantic site for wining and dining, as the neighboring business is a charming flower shop with fragrant bouquets beautifying the scene.
To discover one of Budapest’s best combinations of a stunning setting and reasonable prices, visit Palack on Buda’s Szent Gellért Square – just a stone’s throw away from the Liberty Bridge and the Danube – where guests sip prime potables from an impressive range of Hungarian winemakers, all amid a relaxed atmosphere. Let the staff help you pick a bottle of characteristic Hungarian wine from varied regions (including Furmint from Tokaj’s Mádi Borház, Takler Pinot Noir rosé from Szekszárd, and Villány’s Vylyan Cabernet Sauvignon) to enjoy along with a plateful of mixed snacks for two, available from 2,990 forints.
St. Andrea Wine & Gourmet Bar
The vine-covered hills of Eger – a historic Hungarian region that is home to the nation’s famous Bikavér (“Bull’s Blood”) dry-red wine – is where oenophiles find the award-winning St. Andrea Estate, and to provide an ideal place for sipping on their heavenly nectars alongside other esteemed Hungarian and international wineries, the St. Andrea Wine Bar was established last year in downtown Budapest’s beautifully restored Eiffel Palace. This upscale lounge and restaurant is decorated with rustic barrels and vineyard stakes, but despite such quaint rural ornaments, this is one of the city’s most cosmopolitan date destinations.
From the Mediterranean slopes of Spain to New Zealand’s undulating subtropical hills, many of the world’s most renowned wine regions provide the selection of international tipples available at SzalonSpicc, served alongside high-quality Hungarian libations in a cool and comfy location on Lövőház Street, Buda’s charming pedestrianized lane that is gaining popularity in recent years. Small but well suited for private conversations, this place is great for a relaxed rendezvous, enhanced by a tempting food menu including mini-burgers, meat-filled wraps, nourishing salads, and scrumptiously sweet macarons.
A glass of full-bodied wine paired with delightful chocolate-bonbon bites will surely steal the hearts of those seeking heavenly flavors at VinoWonka, found along the recently modernized Corvin Promenade. Exclusively specializing in Hungarian wines from artisanal producers – including Halasi from Villány, Gizella from Tokaj, and Tringa from Szekszárd – paired along with creative chocolate concoctions, this place charms all guests with its secluded seating area lined with beautiful conversation-starting bottles, making this venue a perfect place to go before taking your sweetie to see a movie at the nearby Corvin Cinema.