The Grand Boulevard (Nagykörút) doesn't only separate the city center from outer Pest, it's also a boundary between the polished and the gritty, the predictable and the mysterious. As a result, bars along here draw eclectic crowds from all walks of Budapest life. Krúdy Söröző, an unpretentious, all-welcoming, communist-era neighborhood bar, is one of them. Despite the wifi and flat screen TVs, the space feels distinctly 1980s, as do the prices.
The patrons? Penniless college students, construction workers, neighborhood thugs, and the occasional aging regular, weary from a decades-long, pálinka-infused stupor. These customers give the place soul, its most endearing quality.