Neither snow nor rain nor heat causes these crumbling-but-cool Budapest bars to close – they each have ample indoor and outdoor areas to hang out in all year, from spacious courtyards for sipping while soaking up sunshine to cavernous brick-walled chambers where live music heats up the scene no matter how cold it gets outside.
9 of Budapest’s best all-weather ruin pubs
Photo : Tamás Kőrösi/We Love Budapest
The minimalist courtyard of this welcoming hotspot features plenty of alfresco tables for shooting the breeze among diverse groups of friends, but this ruin pub also features indoor facilities like a dance floor, gallery, events space, and even an escape-room game.
Occupying the top floor of a semi-decrepit communist-era department store, this wild nightspot has a large indoor disco decorated with psychedelic scenery, while the sprawling rooftop patio is surrounded by a mind-blowingly beautiful panorama of Budapest’s skyline sights.
This hard-rocking complex near City Park has an outdoor stage for enjoying live music while lounging at terrace tables during the day or into the night, but the indoor concert venue is a regular Budapest haunt of world-famous death-metal groups and local up-and-coming bands.
Known for its exquisite selection of craft beers, this hidden gem of Budapest’s ruin-pub scene is a bit off the beaten path, but anyone who goes there can quaff quality brews amid the leafy courtyard in warm weather, or venture deep into the labyrinthine interior chambers.
Chill out with tasty tacos and “pinky” shots at this clandestine drinking destination found down an alleyway leading from Kazinczy Street, where a semi-covered courtyard welcomes party people all year long alongside a spacious interior section for billiards and concerts.
The recent merger of two mega-popular ruin pubs created an incomparable urban compound for all kinds of fun-seekers. Open-air zones include the Fogas courtyard and Liebling’s rooftop terrace, while the indoor Lärm techno club and Robot rock bar foster loud nightlife.
It’s easy to miss the long lane leading to this longtime concert destination located on Király Street, but once they’ve arrived, guests can unwind over cocktails in the slender courtyard or step inside to join the jumping crowds who pack the place for shows by big local bands.
As more of a semi-sophisticated restaurant than a rowdy ruin pub, this indoor-outdoor hospitality haven hosts cultural events and world-music concerts that are perfect for enjoying over dinner, while the illuminated garden area is an ideal spot for intimate conversations.
At this world-famous nightlife nexus, both the indoor and outdoor sections are decorated with unpredictable knickknacks that turn visits here into feasts for the eyes. Frequent community events like Sunday farmers’ markets make this a site for inside-out delight.