Szlovák Söröző

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

Four types of Czech and German lagers are available on draft, and dozens more by the bottle (priced €2-4). There's also an exhaustive food menu, but most patrons, for good reason, come here strictly for beers and banter. If you insist on eating, try the sztrapacska, a Slovakian dish of potato dumplings coated in sheep's cottage cheese and pork cracklings (€6). Unlike the dull interior and the stale food, which still evoke the communist era, Szlovák Söröző's prices have kept up with the present day.

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