St. Andrea Wine & Skybar

Open year-round, St. Andrea Wine & Skybar is an upscale rooftop bar perched atop Budapest's downtown. St. Andrea is a Hungarian success story: starting as a small winery in northeastern Hungary's Eger wine region, they've become a nationally recognized wine label now also involved with a fine dining restaurant in Budapest and, since 2017, this posh rooftop bar towering over Vörösmarty Square.

Often the best strategy for a rooftop bar is to simply let the view do the talking while ensuring that drinks are on point. This is exactly what St. Andrea Wine Bar has done. Naturally, most of the wines served here come from their own winery and include both white and red options. I most enjoy their estate furmint (€7 per glass) and the Hangács Egri Bikavér (€10), a red blend. There are also international options and a range of pricey cocktails, too.

In the summer months, sit by the outdoor tables in the front or the back, both offering panoramic views of Budapest (though, in the rear, partially obstructed by the grim facade of the nearby Marriot Hotel).

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