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, the Italian amaro, they’ll offer a Hanky Panky (gin, sweet vermouth, Fernet) without a moment’s hesitation, perhaps along with a complimentary shot of Fernet’s Menta line.

The bartenders are similarly well-versed in contemporary cocktails—my Penicillin was as good as those in New York City, the drink’s birthplace. At €8-10 per drink, Hotsy Totsy is slightly cheaper than other specialized cocktail bars in Budapest. The swanky leather banquettes and playful paintings on the walls—including a Mona Lisa with her breasts exposed—add an air of irreverence to the speakeasy vibes.

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