Cintányéros

Cintányéros isn’t so much an elaborate wine bar as a charming neighborhood wine tavern. In other words, this is where local residents come for banter and wallet-friendly house wine. The area, inside the once seedy outer District 8, is currently undergoing large-scale real estate development/gentrification, perfectly symbolized by Nokia’s new gleaming headquarters towering over the streets.

Cintányéros’s dimly-lit interior comes with small tables flanked by bentwood Thonet chairs and features plenty of nooks and crannies. No wonder that couples occupy many of them. They hosts live piano performances a couple of times a week (usually on Wednesday and Friday).

While the house wines are perfectly satisfying (€1.5 per glass), there are also bottles by well-known Hungarian winemakers like Ödön Nyári and Pósta. Local craft beers are also available. Food-wise, the standouts are the grilled sausage with pickled cabbage (€4) and the sausage studded molnárka roll (€3). Service can be a bit slow, but think of it as part of the charm of this family busines.