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 Jewish Quarter. The tranquil, chess-playing and tea-sipping crowd in the afternoons is deceiving—come night-time, and Kisüzem fills to capacity so that earning a place at the bar can be a challenge. Local artists, Budapest's left-wing intelligentsia, and international students comprise the regular customers. There are wallet-friendly Hungarian wines and beer, and rum aficionados can pamper themselves with excellent top-shelf selections.
If you're hungry, go for the ham and eggs sandwich or the daily soup specials, both of them tastier than your average bar food. Keep an eye out for the rotating set of contemporary art pieces decorating the exposed brick walls. On Sunday evenings, Kisüzem hosts live music performances where a local band improvises background music to a silent film projected on the wall.