Vittula comes closest to delivering a dive-bar experience in Budapest. With an adorably grungy subterranean interior and labyrinthine layout, the space is actually cooler than your average dive bar. The well-worn walls are blanketed in graffiti and witty scribbles. It would be a stretch to characterize Vittula as cozy, but if you enjoy bohemian vibes, you will like its grimy nooks and crannies. A Finnish expat opened Vittula in 2004 (suffice it to say that the place’s moniker was inspired by the female genitalia).
Expect a hipster-leaning, below-25 crowd that’s heavy on international students (the cool cats like to congregate outside the nondescript entry). The music changes throughout the week: Tuesdays tend to be jazz nights, and then they gradually turn up the heat as the weekend approaches. Although mainly a bar, it’s not unusual that the pocket-sized dance floor in front of the DJ booth fills up with a raucous, sweaty crowd. Prices are rock-bottom (a beer runs just over €1).