Brody Studios

Brody Studios is a members-only bar and club in Budapest, run by two Englishmen, and favored by the city's expat community. From the outside, Brody, which is located a bit outside the city center in a sleepy part of District 6, looks like just another delapidated pre-war building, needing a serious refurbishment. But the inside is a different story: every inch of the three-story space has been meticulously designed, and it's rare to see a chic, contemporary interior mix so well with fading grandeur.

Inside, there are several dining rooms, full-service bars, and a lively dance floor that tends to get packed on Friday and Saturday evenings. During the week, they host almost daily events including stand-ups and artists' workshops. The members comprise expats, international film crews who're stationed in Budapest, and local scene-chasers eager to rub shoulders with the famous and well-heeled crowd.

Although a unique place in Budapest, Brody Studios isn't where you will get a taste of the city. In fact, Brody is where well-traveled foreigners find refuge from Budapest. Where the Hendrick's & tonic is made the exact same way as in London's and Los Angeles's best bars (for comparable prices). Where global citizens weary from their strenuous travels find comfort, company, and a temporary sense of home, be it in Berlin, Barcelona, or Budapest.

If you're thinking about visiting Brody, you will most likely be able to get in even without a membership if you give them a heads-up by phone or email. Alternatively, they automatically admit guests who are staying in their boutique hotel (Brody House) in downtown Budapest.