Palack Wine Bar

Across the Danube, just a few minutes away from the tourist-heavy streets of Pest, lies Palack, a popular neighborhood wine bar in Újbuda. Sure, there are other wine bars in Budapest with a more premium wine offering and more knowledgeable staff, but those places often end up being the playgrounds of wine snobs.

One of the benefits of Palack’s unabashadly middle-brow approach is that it brings together a cross-section of local residents. Price conscious customers can try entry-level Hungarian whites for €2 per glass, while those with more advanced palates sip on vinos made by the country’s leading winemakers including Szeleshát, Vylyan, and Kreinbacher. Palack carries a total of about 100 types of bottles, and you can also buy some to take home. If you get hungry, order a couple of the vegetable-based dips or the charcuterie and cheese platters (€8).

In terms of offerings, atmosphere, and prices, Palack is comparabe to Kadarka wine bar, located on the other side of the Danube.