Guided tour

Budapest: 3-Hour Ruin Bar Walk

Budapest: 3-Hour Ruin Bar Walk

From US$ 71 per person

Discover what makes Budapest’s nightlife so unique by exploring the evolving ruin pubs, and learning how they developed and transformed a neighborhood. Set off on a bar walk through the seventh district.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Drink like a local out for a night on the tow
  • Walk through the streets of Budapest to discover these hidden gems
  • Move through the seventh district’s ruin bars, and experience the phenomenon from a local perspective
  • Learn about what propelled the development of the ruin bars, and how things have changed in Budapest since then
Full description

Deep inside the dense history-filled Jewish quarter, and hidden within crumbling, pre-war buildings with battered bricks and graffiti, are some of Budapest’s most popular hangouts. From the outside they may look like squatters blocks, but inside are the ruin bars – filled with unexpected layers of detail  – which have become Budapest’s own brand of local cool. Abandoned buildings, old cellars and derelict spaces have been transformed into dozens of these wildly decked-out bars, with old bathtubs and broken-down cars turned into seating, and all manner of nostalgia stuffed into every nook. Some have been around for more than a decade, while others disappear just as quickly as they pop up. They are not simply places to get a drink. Over the past decade, ruin bars have introduced a new wave of entertainment in Budapest and expanded beyond simply serving booze into cultural, artistic, and sometimes, gastronomic hotspots. Concentrated in the seventh district, they are at the edge of where the mainstream meets the contemporary underground art scene, and their success has been a catalyst for gentrification in this quarter. As the neighborhood continues to change, however, ruin pubs may be forced to change along with it. Join the tour to experience a handful of ruin bars in different styles. Look at many of them, and stop for drinks at four or five places. Discuss what was happening in Budapest in the early part of this century to encourage these types of bars to proliferate, and why they continue to thrive, even though every year there are articles forecasting the death of the ruin bar. How have they changed the fabric of the neighborhood, and how are they still evolving? 

Includes
  • Visits to 5 or 6 bars
  • Drinks at 4 venues
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at Madách Imre Tér (1075 Budapest) near the statue of Sisi. Your guide will be holding a tote bag with the local operators logo on it. The closest metro is either Deak Tér (M1, M2, and M3 lines) or Astoria (M2 line) or tram 47 or 49.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • The tour includes visits to 5 or 6 bars with a drink included at 4 of the venues visited
  • Additional drinks can be purchased
  • Tips are not included
  • The tour begins and ends at a central location in Budapest
  • Small-group tour for 2 to 8 guests
  • Though there will be plenty of breaks, be prepared to cover a lot of ground on your feet during this tour
  • Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum of 2 participants apply. If there are not enough participants to meet requirements, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
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A wonderful way to spend an evening in Budapest. Our guide, Daniel, had a wealth of knowledge to share about the city, the area, and its fascinating history. Very highly recommended.

November 1, 2019

David was our Ruin Bar guide and he was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and super friendly! I would highly recommend him to anyone!

October 9, 2021

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