If you're curious about Hungarian craft beers and what Budapest looks like a bit outside the city center, be sure to head to Élesztő. From a total of two hundred Hungarian craft beers, Élesztő has a rotating set of 25 on tap, including everything from light crowd-pleasers to sour IPAs. Hoppy-beer fans should go for Hara'Punk's tellingly named "Son of a Bitch," an imperial IPA with a hearty 8.5% ABV and an astringent finish.
Its location, inside a former glass manufacturing plant, makes Élesztő the perfect spot for a craft beer bar: the century-old brick walls and exposed fermentation tanks exude a sense of artisanship and give the (false) impression that an actual brewery is on the premises. The spacious courtyard patio lined with communal tables is ideal for larger groups. Butcher's Kitchen, a food stall across the courtyard, serves excellent barbecued pastrami (€7) and pulled pork (€6) sandwiches to help slow down the rise in your blood alcohol level. Both places are cash only!
And a little trivia: Trafó, the building adjacent to Élesztő toward the street corner, is home to Budapest's leading contemporary arts center with regular dance, music, and English-language theater performances.