Even if you aren't the type who waxes poetic about silky tannins, chalky soils, and lingering finishes, you will likely enjoy these lively Budapest wine bars. They serve up local wine from most of Hungary's 22 wine regions, including the famous Tokaj, a favorite of emperors and president. Keep a special eye out for grape varietals indigenous to Hungary, including kadarka and kékfrankos (red), and furmint, hárslevelű, and juhfark (white).
Kadarka, whose moniker refers to the aromatic, pinot noir-like red grape varietal 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 haunt, especially for 30-plus Hungarians. Perhaps this is because prices haven’t shot through the roof and the service is attentive.