Anker't is a ruin bar on a charming Budapest backstreet just a stone’s throw away from both the grand Andrassy Avenue and the gritty Jewish Quarter. As soon as you enter, you will recognize a ruin bar before you: the scaffolded, crumbling facade of the almost 200-year-old building—it was built in 1833—hides thick, skeletal brick and limestone walls.

The courtyard serves as the centerpiece of the large space, which also features an indoor hall, a total of four bars, a dance floor, and two food stalls, one of them slinging burgers, the other vegan pizzas. The crowd is mainly international, and slightly older—mid-20s and 30s—than at other ruin bars.

Note that Anker’t is a gay-friendly bar (one of the few of the mainstream Budapest bars, so kudos to the owners), with regular gay-friendly parties on Friday evenings.

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