It's only been a decade since the craft cocktail movement was set in motion in Budapest, yet dark cocktail dens with speakeasy vibes and bow tie-wearing bartenders seem to be all the rage across town. Discerning drinkers can sip both expertly prepared classics and contemporary concoctions, some of them made with local Hungarian liquors. The only bad news is that the price points aren't exactly wallet-friendly.
If you're serious about your drinks, head over to Boutiq Bar. This upscale cocktail den, which opened in 2008 and is hiding on a quiet side street near the city center, pioneered Budapest's craft cocktail movement under the helm of energetic owner Zoltán Nagy. With maroon-colored walls and dim lighting, speakeasy vibes fill the snug two-story space. Each of the bartenders go through a rigorous training process before being permitted behind the bar; they serve the drinks with a laser-like focus and a bit of theatrics.