#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#6: Tóth Kocsma  —  $$$$$

Visiting Tóth Kocsma, a good honest no-frills basement bar is the ultimate immersion into everyday Hungarian life.

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#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.

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