Lámpás is an atmospheric below-ground bar in Budapest best known for its daily live music performances (mostly rock, jazz, and blues). Oddly, this gritty, and by no means mainstream bar is opposite Gozsdu Udvar, the tourist-heavy passage teeming with pricey restaurants and wine bars. Lámpás, where you can get a beer and a fröccs for €3, feels a world away—a little gem in the heart of it all. The crowd here is a good mix of local and foreign twentysomethings.

If things get too heated and cramped in the concert room, look for a table in the labyrinthine rear section of the space, which caters to conversations. Note that Lámpás scales back its operation during the summer months.

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