Szlovák Söröző

Szlovák Söröző ("Slovak beer hall") is an old-school bar located on a gray 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 over 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 at €2-4 per pint glass). Szlovák Söröző also has an exhaustive food menu, but most patrons, for good reason, come here strictly for beers and banter. If you insist on eating, go for the sztrapacska, a Slovakian dish of potato dumplings coated in sheep's cottage cheese and pork cracklings (€6). Unlike the drab interior and the stale food, which still evoke the communist era, Szlovák Söröző's prices have kept up with the present day.