Brewdog Bar Budapest

In 2018, Scottish craft beer giant, BrewDog, expanded to Budapest with a massive space inside the city's party district. The decor 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 tap beers available. BrewDog's own beers flow from ten of those, with the remainder coming from a rotating set of local—Mad Scientist and Horizont during my visits—and foreign breweries.

The good news is that the beer arrives fresh every week from Scotland; the not so good news is that price points are comparable to those in BrewDog's Western European branches: a glass of the signature Punk IPA runs €6, which, by Budapest standards, is very high, even for craft beer. Not to mention the €12 burgers. This explains why tourists, and Hungarian office workers donning a suit and tie, account for most of the customers.

BrewDog is a good option if you're looking for a reliable, highly curated drinking experience near downtown. Otherwise, go to one of the smaller craft beer bars that are more deeply anchored in Budapest and offer a more personal experience.