For a bit of time travel, you don’t even need to leave Budapest's downtown. The moniker of this grungy, run-down neighborhood bar is tongue-in-cheek, because the wines they serve here are hardly the premium stuff from Villány, one of Hungary's top wine regions. But that's beside the point. Places like this will soon disappear and be likely replaced by swanky coffee shops, so take your chances before it’s too late. Inside, there's a juke box that looks like it’s been rented from a museum, atrocious wall panelings, and an amiable, non-pretentious crowd with a fondness for alcohol. Prices are rock-bottom: a bottle of beer and a small shot of Unicum will set you back by €2.5.
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