Piccolo Sörbár

Since its opening in 1997, Piccolo has been the go-to watering hole for many left-wing artists in Újlipótváros. For an outsider, Piccolo may feel intimidating at first as everyone seems to know one another, but don't despair—patrons are easy-going and often amusing, and it's easy to bond with them over low-priced Unicum (a signature Hungarian liqueur) and beer here.

Piccolo is especially enjoyable during the warmer months from its outdoor terrace overlooking the busy Pozsony Road (it's perfect for people-watching). Next to the entrance is a glass-enclosed bulletin board where they display art made by Piccolo's regular customers.

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