Brewdog Bar Budapest

In 2018, Scottish craft beer giant, BrewDog, opened a bar in Budapest too. The place looks as if it came straight out of a “trendy interior” design book: there are leather banquettes, reclaimed wood table tops, Edison bulbs, and a vintage sign board listing the 25 types of tap beers. Usually ten of those serve BrewDog's own beers, with the remainder coming from a rotating set of local (like Mad Scientist and Horizont) and other foreign breweries.

The bad news is that the prices here match those in BrewDog's Western European bars. A glass of the signature Punk IPA runs €6, which, by Budapest standards, is very high, even for a craft beer, not to mention the €12 burgers. This explains why tourists, and Hungarian office workers donning a suit and tie comprise most customers.

If you're looking for a reliable and curated craft beer experience close to downtown, then BrewDog can be a good option. Otherwise, I find that some of the smaller, local craft beer bars offer a more personable experience.