The time has finally arrived for us to make a compilation of the best bars in Budapest, because now there are more than a few places in the capital that make cocktails that are much more impressive than a Mojito or a Piña Colada. We step into the world of the night’s modern “brew masters”, where we were intoxicated not only by the alcoholic beverages, but also by the professionalism we experienced in some of the places.
Spíler Shanghai - The sexy
Photo: László Balkányi / WLB 6 pictures
The eastern brother or Gozsdu
somewhat changed recently – the sultry, black-and-red Secret Bar
occupies the ground floor. This is a secluded, sexy cocktail bar
, where something exciting happens almost every night: on one night, Ferenc Varsányi
mixes a full-bodied Old Fashioned
cocktail with cinnamon, cardamom and star anise, while on the other, we can buy a rethought Bloody Mary
with anchovy strips instead of celery. The bar’s young team works with great enthusiasm and dedication – each cocktail
represents a piece of their creativity. In addition to the drink menu’s cocktails
, we can request personalised specialties, as well.
Cocktail prices: from 980 Ft
We recommend: B Mary, Yellow Soda
- Spíler Shanghai
- 1075 Budapest, Király utca 13. (Gozsdu udvar)
KIOSK Budapest - The fusion
Photo: László Balkányi / WLB 5 pictures
Despite his young age, Máté Csatlós
worked as a bartender in the top bars of England and Spain, and has won a lot of international competitions. He has led the team of KIOSK
since August, and since then revolutionized the drink menu, which mixes the English and Mediterranean cocktail cultures
. Naturally, they use the highest quality materials, so in addition to the premium gins, rums, whiskeys and vodkas, they use their own syrups. The spices and flowers are lined up above the spirits in the bar
. The cocktails here: quick and elegant.
Cocktail prices: from 1390 Ft
We recommend: Butter Beer Punch, Gin Tonic
- KIOSK Budapest
- 1056 Budapest, Március 15. tér 4.
WARMUP – The promising
Photo: WARMUP 6 pictures
A young team stands behind Nagy Diófa Street’s WARMUP
. They specialize specifically in cocktails: led by Róbert Vitáris
and Dávid Szabó
, they would like to show visiting guests that tasty drinks exist outside of beer and fröccs, and that cocktails
do not equal unsavory, creamy glops topped with colorful umbrellas. Since Márton Janza
, the owner of the idea, have already dealt with molecular gastronomy
during his past studies, we can meet edible drinks in WARMUP
. They consider the needs of their guests so much that they do not even have a drink menu: you walk in, tell them what kind of flavors, scents and historical eras you like, and your own mixture is done in a few minutes.
Cocktail prices: from 1200 Ft
We recommend: mix your own drink!
Bar Pharma – The obsessed
When we first visited Pharma
, we felt as if we were doing something illegal. A maximum of 8 people can comfortably fit into the small bar, the wall is decorated with a poster titled “Alcoholistic system
”, and our first shot came in a “medication bottle” – the whole experience felt elusive. They mixed together formulas that did not seem to match or looked too extreme. They take a fresh coconut out of the fridge, cut a hole in it, and prepare drinks in that, or they mix the alcohol with strong black coffee and serve it from a siphon. We might not exaggerate by saying that Pharma
is the most original place in Kazinczy Street
Cocktail prices: from 1600 Ft
We recommend: spending a whole night here
- Bar Pharma
- 1075 Budapest, Kazinczy utca 35.
TOKIO – The eastern
Photo: TOKIO 4 pictures
In the cool-looking TOKIO
, in addition to sushi and ramen, cocktails
are becoming increasingly important, and fit for people wanting to have fun in the downtown area, guests coming from the neighboring Gresham
business sector, and people who just love Japanese alcoholic beverages
. In addition to their exceptional Japanese whiskey selection, we can try Ryoma
rum here, as well. They are happy to coordinate the flavors to individual tastes, and try to introduce international trends, as well. We learned, for example, that after vodkas and gins, an era of rum is coming, is we can trust the foreign trends.
Cocktail prices: from 1500 Ft
We recommend: No Named Ice T, Agapito
- 1051 Budapest, Széchenyi Isván tér 7-8.
Buddha-Bar Lounge – The international
Photo: Buddha-Bar 4 pictures
The bar of Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace
is one of the most unique cocktail
places of the city. The brand is strongly bound to eastern downtempo, chill out tunes and an Asian
subdued, yet sophisticated atmosphere – this all is reflected in the bar, as well. When there is no musical event in the lounge area, it becomes an intimate place well fit into films – but during major parties, the bar becomes full of life and shows a different face. The drink selection
is one of the widest in the city, and we can find a number of curiosities in it that even real gourmets would appreciate. It is definitely worth a visit at least once.
Cocktail prices: from 1590 Ft
We recommend: Way of the Samurai, The Ultimate
Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace
Boutiq' Bar – The old-timer
Photo: Boutiq’ Bar 3 pictures
was one of the first pioneers of the cocktail revolution
in Budapest, which ended the era of tongue-tinting curaçaos and watered up vodka-oranges. Boutiq’ is officially one of the world’s 50 best cocktail bars
, and they define themselves as neo-speakeasy. The atmosphere is rather intimate because of the red, narrow interior, and the drink selection is unrivaled in Budapest. If you cannot find a cocktail here, it does not exist. This is where everything started.
Cocktail prices: from 1750 Ft
We recommend: drinks from both the classic and extreme categories
- 1061 Budapest, Paulay Ede utca 5.
KNRDY – The American
Photo: László Balkányi / WLB 3 pictures
is known for its steaks, exclusivity and contemporary interior design. They have a lot of American guests, both business people and normal tourists. As an American steakhouse, they focused on their cocktail
line from the restaurant’s opening. The drink menu has many classics and rethought drinks, as well. The restaurant
’s bar is worth visiting if we are looking for special whiskeys, rums, tequilas and cognacs.
Cocktail prices: from 1100 Ft
We recommend: Mint Julep, Moscow Mule
- 1051 Budapest, Október 6. utca 15.
Blue Fox The Bar – The casual chic
Photo: Blue Fox The Bar 5 pictures
We usually know professionalism when we see it, and these guys definitely know what they are doing. The bar
offers a very consistent and well thought-out selection, and while the place is at the bottom of Kempinski
, the atmosphere is not tense, the staff and the interior give off a relaxed feel, and the prices are not over the roof, either. Everything is given for Blue Fox
to be a good cocktail
bar, but the question is: how are the drinks? The bar offers both old classics and modern cocktails, all made from natural ingredients, most if which are homemade.
Cocktail prices: from 1280 Ft
We recommend: Chilled Emperor, 1862 Ft
Blue Fox The Bar
- Blue Fox The Bar
- 1051 Budapest, Erzsébet tér 7-8.
'Mericano Bar – The freshest
Photo: ‘Mericano Bar 4 pictures
is so fresh that we can only show you its visual plans, and naturally, we could not visit the place yet, either. But soon the bar will open, imitating a classic American cocktail place
, with a bit of an Italian
twist – regarding the flavors and mentality. ‘Mericano Bar would also like to introduce the concept of the rightly popular “apero bars” to Budapest
, and to become a place where drinking before five in the afternoon is not a sin. We can serve with further details after the bar’s opening, but if the plans really come true, ‘Mericano
can become a truly cool place with the charm of the 20-30’s and with a unique, American-Italian vibe.