#1: Bambi Eszpresszó — $$$$$
If you're looking to immerse yourself in an old school, lively, communist-era neighborhood bar in Buda, Bambi Eszpresszó should be high on the list.
#2: Wichmann — $$$$$
Wichmann is a must-see. This dimly lit, grungy bar has been around since 1987, way before Kazinczy Street and District 7 became popular.
#3: Ibolya Espresso — $$$$$
Ibolya, a relic from the socialist era, is a popular stopover among locals for watching soccer and fueling up on toasted ham and cheese sandwiches smothered by ketchup.
#4: Villányi Borozó — $$$$$
The “villányi” in the name is tongue-in-cheek, since the wine they serve in this socialist-era neighborhood bar is hardly the premium stuff from the Villány region.
#5: Grinzingi Borozó — $$$$$
The formula for success at Grinzingi, an unpretentious wine bar, is simple: serve cheap drinks in the center of a city otherwise crowded with tourist traps.
#6: Tóth Kocsma — $$$$$
Visiting Tóth Kocsma, a good honest no-frills basement bar is the ultimate immersion into everyday Hungarian life.
#7: Krúdy Söröző — $$$$$
The patrons of Krúdy bar? Penniless college students, construction workers, and the occasional aging regular, weary from a decades-long, pálinka-infused stupor.