St. Andrea Wine & Skybar

St. Andrea Wine & Skybar is an upscale, year-round 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, St. Andrea Wine & Gourmet Bar, 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 come from their own winery and include both white and red varietals. I most enjoy their estate furmint (€7 per glass) and the Hangács Egri Bikavér (€10), a red blend, and you can also rely on the servers' recommendations. There are international options and a range of pricey cocktails, too.

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