Három Holló

Like it or not, Budapest’s booming tourism has inspired many local business owners to profit off visitors. Overpriced restaurants hawking “authentic goulash” and dime a dozen “Irish pubs” are all too common in Budapest’s downtown. Három Holló bar, however, is the fruit of an entirely different philosophy.

Named after the favorite watering hole of Endre Ady, one of Hungary’s poet laureates from the early 20th century, Három Holló occupies a three-story space that fuses a bar with a concert venue and an exhibition space. On any given week, there might be a photography pop-up and a couple of contemporary jazz concerts. (See their packed event calendar; note that they shut down for the summer.)

Most of the patrons are musically-inclined, left-wing intellectuals from Budapest. Don’t be surprised, however, if Teutonic chatter fills the high-ceilinged space (one of the owners is a German expat). I only wish that they worked a bit more on the decor—softer lighting and denser furnishings would extract more charm from this historical interior.

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