Accompanied by breathtaking views of Budapest landmarks, movie premiere screenings and appearances by top DJs, here are the best rooftop hangouts across the city. Some are located at top hotels, others above historic buildings in prestigious locations. There’s also a new spot in Buda scheduled to open at the end of June. If you’re looking to bookend a long day at work or hard afternoon’s sightseeing, here’s where to sip delicious cocktails and watch the sun go down.
360 Bar is one of the most popular terraces in Budapest. Located above beautiful Andrássy út, it makes best use of its prestigious location, created during the city’s golden era. Back then, an ice skating rink operated on top of the former Párisi Áruház department store. These days, winter guests can enjoy the view in heated igloos with trendy interiors while in summer, live DJ sets, great drinks and a spectacular panorama are all laid on. The superb vista includes the Basilica, Parliament and the Buda hills, as well the surrounding rooftops. DJ sets are scheduled from Wednesdays to Sundays, between 6pm and 11pm, with an occasional entrance fee of 1,000 HUF. The bar offers a wide selection of drinks, including classic cocktails, delicious bar food and Mediterranean dishes.
- 1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 39.
St. Andrea Wine & Skybar
St. Andrea opened its skybar above focal Vörösmarty tér in 2017 and since then it has been focusing on providing a high-class atmosphere. Delicious tipples from the region of Eger, an international wine selection, and exciting cocktails are all on offer. As in the restaurant below, on the open-air terrace you can sample sophisticated dishes created by chef Ádám Barna. The rooftop is divided into two sections, each with a spectacular panorama: the Basilica to one side, Gellért Hill to the other. The bar and restaurant has glass walls and a roof, so it welcomes guests all year round – in winter you can enjoy your cocktails with the city’s beautiful snow-covered rooftops in view.
- 1052 Budapest, Váci utca 1.
The concept of a rooftop bar was not even known in Hungary when the party crowd watched the sunrise after electronica gigs on the roof of Corvin Club on Blaha Lujza tér. It is a popular open-air terrace for relaxing with a beer in hand – you can see all the way to Keleti station and beyond. Untouched by the latest trends, the place does not provide brunch or house vegan markets, but its Budapest Rooftop Cinema offers screenings of classic movies and film premieres. When you see a long queue of people in the street nearby, you can be sure that they’re all waiting to watch a movie under the stars with some popcorn and wine spritzer. The club also shows live football on huge screens.
- 1085 Budapest, Blaha Lujza tér 1.
- Opening hours depend on the type of events.
High Note SkyBar
High Note SkyBar on top of Aria Hotel welcomes hotel guests and non-residents alike. Earning inclusion in a selection of the world’s best rooftop hotels by Condé Nast Traveler, it awaits guests all year round. Since the dome of the Basilica within eyesight, it is a popular backdrop for photo shoots, special events, even marriage proposals. On weekdays, they offer a lunch menu from noon, and cocktails are mixed every evening. You need to reserve online at least four hours before your arrival. On Fridays and Saturdays after 5pm, if there are more than six of you, there’s a group fee of 20,000 HUF/hr.
- 1051 Budapest, Hercegprímás utca 5.
Intermezzo Restaurant & Roof Terrace
Hotel President on Hold utca first attracted attention by accommodating a helicopter landing spot before getting a makeover. Since 2016, a rooftop bar has been operating here in summer, with an ice skating rink in winter. From the Intermezzo terrace, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Buda Castle, and the beautiful Zsolnay tiles of the nearby Hungarian State Treasury designed by renowned Hungarian architect, Ödön Lechner. You can drop by for a lemonade, a beer or wine, and sample grilled dishes during the evening. The cocktails even look on photographs.
- 1054 Budapest, Hold utca 3.
BRKLYN on Kazinczy utca has a pocket-sized rooftop bar, more than compensated by views of the ever-busy party quarter of District VII spread out before you. The tiny bar provides the same food and drink selection that you find downstairs, but the music on the terrace is often provided by DJs. Thanks to head chef Gábor Krausz, it also offers dining options besides great parties.
- 1075 Budapest, Kazinczy utca 48.
You may remember this old rooftop bar on Kecskeméti utca, a Budapest trendsetter. If you eyed a space to admire the sunset, you had to work for it: without a functioning lift it could be a bit of an uphill struggle. Since then, the building has reopened as a boutique hotel – a uniquely designed, modern space. A lift has been installed and TOPRUM launched on its rooftop. It started out as a brunch spot, welcoming guests on Saturdays and Sundays. But now, with the summer season in full swing, you can visit them from Thursday on, between noon and 11pm, allowing you a full panoramic sweep of Gellért Hill. The menu items are rather pricey, their cocktails are mainly classics, Bellini with brunch the way to go.
- 1053 Budapest, Királyi Pál utca 4.
The latest addition to the list of open-air terraces is LEO on Clark Ádám tér. It’s the first rooftop bar in Buda – these types of places have all been located in Pest until now. The new hangout at the Clark Hotel near Chain Bridge operates closely together with Beefbar in the building. Chef András Sipos is responsible for the food selection, with grilled and BBQ dishes on the terrace. As in the restaurant, a laid back bar atmosphere dominates on the roof, too, which you can reach by a separate lift. Planned opening is on June 20th.