People, rather than interior designers give soul to these unfussy Budapest bars — expect plenty of locals, wallet-friendly drinks, and an increasingly lively atmosphere as the night progresses. Most 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 Jewish Quarter. The tranquil, chess-playing and tea-sipping crowd in the afternoons is deceiving—come night-time, and Kisüzem fills to capacity so that earning a place at the bar can be a challenge. Local artists, Budapest's left-wing intelligentsia, and international students comprise the regular customers. There are wallet-friendly Hungarian wines and beer, and rum aficionados can pamper themselves with excellent top-shelf selections.