Hivatal bar, which opened in 2010, was an early bird on Madách tér, the entry point of Budapest’s party district. This pedestrian-only plaza is home to a number of wildly popular hipster bars like Központ and Telep, but Hivatal has remained a laid-back, unpretentious spot with friendly price points. Inside, communist-era slogans on the walls remind customers of the value of hard work ("hivatal" means "office" in Hungarian). Apart from drinks, there are also tasty grilled sandwiches here (brie!). During the warmer months, the night-time crowd often spills out onto the stairs of the neighboring office building, lending the area a block-party feel.
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