Borpatika (“Wine pharmacy”) is an iconic neighborhood watering hole in Újbuda. Not much has changed in the inside here since Borpatika opened in 1986, which is, of course, part of its charm. Customers are a blend of students from the nearby Budapest University of Technology and downtrodden neighborhood regulars who come here for spirit-lifting liquors and friendly banter.

Besides cheap drinks, the low-key, all-welcoming atmosphere, and array of food options draw many people to Borpatika. Wallet-friendly sandwiches, meatballs, and delicious, freshly-made savory scones are stacked behind the glass case. Descend to the lower level to find some seating.