Those looking to passionately debate Hungarian political history will find themselves at home in this bar, set along what used to be a quiet street in the bustling Jewish Quarter. Local artists, Budapest's left-wing intelligentsia, and international students from the Central European University comprise the regular customers. In addition to wallet-friendly Hungarian wines and beer, rum fans can indulge in excellent top-shelf selections.
A rotating set of contemporary art pieces decorate Kisüzem's exposed brick walls, which receive plenty of light through the oversized windows. The quiet, chess-playing-tea-sipping crowd in the afternoons is deceiving—come night-time, and Kisüzem fills to capacity (earning a place at the bar can be a challenge). If you're hungry, go for the ham and eggs sandwich or the daily specials, both of them prepared better than your average bar food.
On Sunday evenings, Kisüzem hosts live music performances where a local band improvises background music to a silent film projected on the wall.