Drop Shop

Drop Shop is a boutique wine bar doubling as a wine store. Not far from the Hungarian Parliament Building, it hides in an elite part of downtown Budapest. Unlike most wine bars in the city that stack only local bottles, Drop Shop specializes in carefully curated international wines ranging everywhere from Austria to Australia, from natural to orange wines. There's also an ample selection of Hungarian vinos that are somewhat pricier and more premium than elsewhere.

As often is the case in wine bars, the customers are generally 35-plus professionals. Note that the cheese (€8) and charcuterie (€12) plates are excellent, and even the ham and cheese panini (€3) is among the best I've had. I only wish that Drop Shop's interior was a little homier - less bright lights, some background music, and more comfortable chairs would extract more charm from it.