Vittula comes closest to delivering a dive-bar experience in Budapest. With an adorably grungy below-ground 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 divy vibes, you will like its squalid nooks and crannies. A Finnish expat opened Vittula in 2004, using the female genitalia as an inspiration for the place’s moniker.
Expect a hipster-leaning, below-25 crowd heavy on international students (the cool cats 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 before the DJ booth fills up with a high-energy crowd. Prices are rock-bottom (a beer runs just over €1).