If you've spent at least 5 minutes researching Budapest nightlife then you will already have come across Szimpla Kert, the iconic ruin bar of Budapest. Likely you're also familiar with the ruin bar (romkocsma) concept, but for those who remain unaware, a quick refresher: ruin bars are makeshift bars located inside dilapidated pre-war buildings, furnished with quirky furniture assembled from clearance sales, and all in all exuding a inexplicably cool atmosphere.
Today Budapest is flooded with ruin bars, but Szimpla Kert was a pioneer of the movement and is by far the best known internationally. Although Szimpla is no longer the offbeat bar it once was when it opened in 2004, it's worth a visit for the experience, even if you have to navigate your way through camera wielding tourists to approach the bar.
If you're curious about local craft beers, try the bar upstairs that looks like your high school chemistry class and is run by Mad Scientist, Hungary's leading craft beer producer. If daytime activities are more your speed, Szimpla hosts a weekly farmer’s market, Háztáji Piac, featuring local produce from suburban farmers every Sunday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.