People, rather than interior designers bring alive these unfussy Budapest bars. Expect plenty of locals, cheap drinks, and an increasingly raucous atmosphere as the night progresses. Most of the places are near one another in the Jewish Quarter and District 8, so nothing should stop you from bar-hopping until the wee hours. In the warmer months, check out Budapest's best casual outdoor bars, too.
Those looking to passionately debate Hungarian political history will find themselves at home in this bar, set along what used to be a quiet street in the bustling Jewish Quarter. Local artists, Budapest's left-wing intelligentsia, and international students from the Central European University comprise the regular customers. In addition to wallet-friendly Hungarian wines and beer, rum fans can indulge in excellent top-shelf selections.