Hops Beer Bar

Hops Beer Bar is a divey-looking craft beer bar in the heart of Budapest's party district. The moment you realize this isn't your average dive bar is when you get a glimpse of the more than 200 types of bottled craft beers stacked in the fridge. It's this extensive beer selection, and the witty, loud-mouthed, and charismatic owner-operator, which make Hops Beer Bar a pilgrimage-site for craft beer fans in Budapest.

Most beers come from high-end international breweries like Denmark's Mikkeller, but there are also bottles from small craft producers in Scotland, Belgium, and the U.S. Of the nine taps, one is usually reserved for Punk IPA, made by BrewDog, the Scottish craft beer giant. The Hungarian beers are limited to what the owners believe can stand up to international comparison ("only very few for now"). Try Mad Scientist's Jam 72, a balanced IPA with piney hops and notes of malt, or GreyJoy, a double IPA with an earl grey flavor, made by Balkezes.

Hops Beer Bar doesn't serve food, but the area is swarming with food vendors (Bendő Burger, a bare-bones burger joint is across the street from Hops and stays open late).