Opened in 2004, Vittula comes closest to delivering a dive-bar experience in Budapest. With an adorably grungy and labyrinthine layout, the space is actually cooler than your average dive bar. Graffiti and witty scribbles blanket the walls of this below-ground space, and, although it would be a stretch to call Vittula cozy, there are snug corners to hide away here.
Expect a hipster-leaning, below-25 crowd heavy on international students (the cool cats often congregate outside the nondescript entrance). 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 fills up with a high-energy crowd. Prices are rock-bottom — a beer costs just over €1.
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