Alterego is Budapest's most well-known gay club. This below-ground venue, which is open only on Fridays and Saturdays, hides in a side street not far from the city center in District 6. Alterego is best known for its midnight drag shows, available on both days, skillfully moderated by Lady Dömper, a fixture of the Budapest gay scene. The one-hour event features a stand-up, dance performances, and lip syncs by a number of drag queens. After the show, a DJ takes over the packed dance floor and plays an array of classic beats until the wee hours. There are also two spacious bars that cater to people who didn't bring their dancing shoes, preferring a lower-key setting and conversations instead.
Alterego attracts a motley crew of gay men, including both young and old, chic and unfashionable, moneyed and less so. Admission is €7 (or €5 before midnight).