Fueled in part by tourism, Budapest is quickly transforming into a cosmopolitan city while rapidly shedding its communist past. The bars below are some of the last vestiges of communist Hungary—go visit these time warps before they vanish. And, please, don't complain about the quality of wines, that's beside the point here.
If you're looking to immerse yourself in a deeply local, communist-era neighborhood bar that doubles as a breakfast joint, I can't think of a better place than Bambi Eszpresszó on the Buda side. What makes Bambi the real deal? It isn’t trying to show off an artificial (retro), unremembered past—it’s a genuine throwback.