Hotsy Totsy Bar
Hotsy Totsy is a dimly-lit, below-ground craft cocktail bar in Budapest's party district. Instead of a fixed menu, bartenders prepare bespoke drinks based on customers' taste preferences. For example, if you tell them you like Fernet-Branca, they’ll offer up a Hanky Panky (gin, sweet vermouth, Fernet) without a moment’s hesitation, along with a complementary shot of Fernet’s Menta line.
They’re similarly well-versed in contemporary cocktails—my Penicillin was as good as the ones I've had in New York City, the drink’s birthplace. Hotsy Totsy's drinks run €7-8, cheaper than most other specialized cocktail bars in Budapest. As for the decor, cushy leather banquettes and a couple of playful paintings on the walls—including a Mona Lisa with her breasts exposed—add an edgy irreverence to the speakeasy vibes.