Szlovák Söröző

Szlovák Söröző ("Slovak beer hall") is an old-school bar located on a grey side street near Budapest's Nyugati Railway Terminal. The main appeal of this unfashionable place, which is decked out with weathered wooden booths, is its longevity - the place has been drawing throngs of beer-loving local men of all ages for over four decades. When I say men, I mean it: on some nights, not one woman is in sight, save for the waitress.

Although most patrons come here for beers and banter, Szlovák Söröző also has an exhaustive food menu that comprises underhwelming traditional Hungarian dishes. If you insist on eating, go for the sztrapacska, which is a Slovakian dish of potato dumplings coated in sheep's cottage cheese and pork cracklings (€6). Four types of Czech and German lagers are available on draft, and dozens more by the bottle (most of them are priced in the €2-4 range). Unlike the drab interior and the stale food, which still evoke the communist era, the prices at Szlovák Söröző have kept up with the present day.