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The 7 Best Wine Bars in Budapest

You don't need to know about silky tannins, chalky soils, and lingering finishes - anyone curious about local Hungarian wines can enjoy these casual Budapest wine bars. The wine offerings cover most of Hungary's 22 wine regions, including the famous Tokaj, a favorite of Emperors and Presidents. Keep an eye out for grape varieties indigenous to Hungary like Kadarka (red), Furmint, Hárslevelű, and Juhfark (white).

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#1 Kadarka Wine Bar

Kadarka, whose moniker refers to the red grape variety indigenous to Hungary, is a lively wine bar in Budapest's Jewish Quarter. Despite the tourist-heavy area, Kadarka has somehow remained a mainly local hangout, especially for 40-plus Hungarians. Perhaps this is because prices haven’t shot through the roof and the service is very attentive. .
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#2 St. Andrea Wine & Skybar

St. Andrea Wine & Skybar is an upscale, year-round rooftop bar in Budapest's downtown. St. Andrea is a Hungarian success story: from a small winery in northeastern Hungary's Eger wine region, they have grown into a nationally recognized wine label.
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#3 Drop Shop

Drop Shop is a boutique wine bar doubling as a wine store. Not far from the Hungarian Parliament Building, it hides in an elite part of downtown Budapest. Unlike most wine bars in the city that stack only local bottles, Drop Shop specializes in carefully curated international wines ranging everywhere from Austria to Australia, from natural to orange wines. There's also an ample selection of Hungarian vinos that are somewhat pricier and more premium than elsewhere.
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#4 Palack Wine Bar

Across the Danube, just a few minutes away from the tourist-heavy streets of Pest, lies Palack, a popular neighborhood wine bar in Újbuda. Sure, there are other wine bars in Budapest with a more premium wine offering and more knowledgeable staff, but those places often end up being the playgrounds of wine snobs..
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#5 Dobló Wine Bar

Dobló, which opened in 2010, was one of the first wine bars in Budapest. Being in the center of the Jewish Quarter (aka party district) means that more than half of the patrons are usually tourists, but here you don't need to worry about a rowdy stag party spoiling your fun. In fact, with a dimly lit, cozy interior and live music most evenings, Dobló is one of the more atmospheric wine bars in Budapest that also works well for a date night. .
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#6 Cintányéros

Cintányéros isn’t so much an elaborate wine bar as a charming neighborhood wine tavern. In other words, this is where local residents come for banter and wallet-friendly house wine. The area, inside the once seedy outer District 8, is currently undergoing large-scale real estate development/gentrification, perfectly symbolized by Nokia’s new gleaming headquarters towering over the streets. .
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#7 DiVino Wine Bar

DiVino is a trendy wine bar situated in the heart of Budapest's downtown. You can sip a glass of Hungarian red or white here while enjoying the picture-postcard view of the St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest's biggest church. Touristy it may be, still, it’s a sight to behold.
Rankings are based on a combination of food/drink, atmosphere, service, and price. The author visits all restaurants incognito.