Compared with major U.S. and Western European cities, Budapest's LGBTQ scene has a long way to go (2019 was the first pride parade in the city when attendees could march without a security cordon). Accordingly, gay, and especially lesbian bars are still few and far between. But apart from the listed places below, keep an eye out for Budapest's LGBTQ pop-up parties that often turn out to be the most fun.
Every Friday, Ankert ruin bar is home to the Oops queer party series, drawing local and foreign twentysomethings. A slightly older crowd frequents two of the longest-running, monthly gay festivities, one hosted by Garçons, the other by Vibe. Hip locals flock to Hello's queer pop nights at Toldi club. WOW (Women-on-Women) throws the best lesbian dance parties. And if you enjoy dark techno, check out OMOH's events.