Alterego is Budapest's best-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's claim to fame is the 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. Two spacious bars, and booths with seating cater to people who didn't bring their dancing shoes and prefer a lower-key setting and conversations.
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).