Hivatal, which opened in 2010, was an early bird on Madách tér, the entry point of Budapest’s party district. This area is home to many hipster bars (Központ and Telep, for example), 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 toasted sandwiches. During the warmer months, the crowd spills out to the stairs of the neighboring office building, lending the area a block-party feel.
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