Kadarka Wine Bar
Kadarka, whose moniker refers to the aromatic red grape varietal native to Hungary, is a lively wine bar in Budapest's Jewish Quarter. Despite the tourist-heavy area, Kadarka has somehow remained a mainly local haunt, especially for 30-plus Hungarians. Perhaps this is because prices haven’t shot through the roof and the service is kind and attentive.
Kadarka serves more than a hundred kinds of wines, all of them Hungarian and covering many of the country's 22 wine regions. If unsure, try Kolonics's juhfark (€5 per glass), a mineral-rich white varietal from the Somló region in northwestern Hungary, or Tüske Pincészet's kadarka (€3), which is similar to a pinot noir. Wines are also available by the bottle, and also for purchase. There's a full-service kitchen, but you're best off sticking to the vegetable (€9) or meat platters (€12) if you want some food to accompany your wine. Note that Kadarka usually gets mobbed by people in the evenings, so reservations are a must.