Borpatika (“Wine pharmacy”) is a low-priced neighborhood watering hole in Újbuda on the Buda side. Not much has changed here since the place opened in 1986, which is part of the 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. Apart from the all-welcoming atmosphere, it's the array of food options that draw people to Borpatika: sandwiches, meatballs, and delicious, freshly made pogácsa (savory biscuits) are stacked behind the glass case. Descend to the lower level to find some seating.

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