Brody Studios

Brody Studios is a members-only, private bar and club in Budapest run by two Englishmen. The place is located a bit outside the city center in a sleepy part of District 6. From the outside, Brody Studios 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 place has been meticulously designed, and it's rare to see a shabby-chic contemporary design mix so well with the fading grandeur of a building.

Inside, you will find several dining rooms, full service bars, and a lively dance floor Friday and Saturday evenings. During the week, they host events including stand-ups and artists' workshops.

Most of Brody's patrons consist of well-to-do expatriates, international film crews stationed in Budapest, and local scene-chasers who're looking to rub shoulders with the famous and well-heeled crowd. Although the interior design and the well-curated events may make a visit to Brody worthwhile, this isn't where you will get a taste of Budapest.

In fact, Brody is where well-traveled foreigners find refuge from Budapest. Where the Hendrick's & tonic is made the same way as in London and Los Angeles (for almost the same price). Where the English-speaking crowd isn't anchored to the city. Where weary travelers can find comfort and a temporary sense of home.

As for admission, you will most likely be able to get in without a membership, if you give them a heads-up by phone or email. Or, they automatically let in guests who you're staying in the boutique hotel (Brody House) run by the same owners.