Why Not Cafe and Bar

Why Not is a gay-friendly bar in downtown Budapest with panoramic vistas, overlooking the Danube, the Liberty Bridge, and the historic Gellért Hotel. During the day, there isn't much of interest here apart from the sweeping views from the outdoor tables; it's in the evenings when Why Not comes into its own.

There's drink specials every night — think €3 for a double shot of Jäger — and lively activities like bingo and karaoke. Tuesday and Friday evenings tend to be the liveliest, when a colorful cast of volunteers, some with an obvious musical background, lift the mood with memorable karaoke performances (from 10 p.m. onward). Although open until 5 a.m. every day of the week, try to arrive at a reasonable hour on Fridays because many of the customers move on to see the midnight show at Alterego, Budapest's iconic gay club.

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