Gólya Presszó

Gólya is a popular bar and community center in Budapest best known for the healthy dose of anarchy that radiates through this high-ceilinged industrial space: You’ll find here left-leaning locals and foreign students who care deeply about things like gentrification, climate change, and identity politics. True to its spirit, Gólya is located a bit outside Budapest’s city center in a grittier section of District 8.

In the late afternoons, panel discussions tend to take place about social issues (they’re in Hungarian, but most people will also speak English). Even if you aren't in so high-minded a mood, there's reason to trek out here for the evening events, which include small but high-energy concerts featuring local Hungarian bands.

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