Gdansk Bookstore Café
Eastern European, bohemian-intellectual vibes ooze from Gdansk Bookstore Café, located on Bartók Béla Boulevard on the Buda side of the city. This dimly lit and densely furnished bar features cheap vodka selections, Polish and Hungarian craft beers, and bookshelves stacked with Polish books. The place is the brainchild of a Polish native from Gdansk, a port city on the Baltic coast, and her Hungarian husband.
Besides the laid-back vibes and the drinks, you're also here for the pickled herring, delivered straight from the Baltic Sea and served with onions and rye bread (€6). Note that empty tables are rare, closing times flexible, and the prices wallet-friendly.