Nappali Kávéház

Budapest's bars generally fall into two categories: on the one hand are myriad ruin bars offering an informal atmosphere and cheap drinks inside run-down premises, with posh cocktail bars on the other, where bartenders with chiseled jawline mix pricey cocktails of ingredients you've never heard of. The in-between territory is noticeably thin. You know, a laid-back bar to pop into after a long day’s of work for a well-deserved highball of scotch and soda. And this is where Nappali ("living room") comes into play.

This snug space has all the components of a cozy living room—bookshelves, dense carpeting, leather armchairs, plus the obligatory Thonet chairs that no self-respecting Central European household can escape. But here's the twist: there are also a ceiling-high shelves jam-packed with premium bottles of spirits, mostly whisky. Think aged single malts like Oban, Lagavulin, and Glenmorangie, but also Japanese (Nikka, Hibiki), and other rare labels. An additional perk of Nappali is that it's not overrun by tourists thanks to a perfectly hidden location, despite being inside Budapest's party district.