Szatyor Bar

Szatyor Bar looks like a typical ruin bar: it's filled with eclectic furniture and there are even old vehicles hanging from the walls. But it's actually different from the ruin bars that swarm Budapest's party district on the other side of the Danube. This being Buda, instead of scruffy students sipping low-priced beers, Szatyor draws an over-25 crowd where shirts and skirts outnumber hoodies and backpacks. Duck confit and sous vide venison leg are rarely part of the ruin bar culinary repertoire, but here you will find them alongside pricey craft beers.

This updated take on the ruin bar concept is a function of Szatyor's location, which is on the fashionable Bartók Béla Boulevard in District 11. This is where middle-class Buda residents wind down in the evenings, and generally they're more discerning drinkers and eaters than the partygoers in Pest, who prefer quantity over quality.

Attached to Szatyor Bar is a classically-furnished café, Hadik, which has earned a place in Budapest's collective memory as a legendary hangout of bohemian writers and poets in the 1920s. It shuttered post-WWII, but was finally revived in 2010 after a long hiatus.