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Budapest 3–Hour Ruin Bar Walk

Product ID: 112096
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Of the many things that give Budapest its unique flavor, the ruin bars are one of locals' favorites. They make nightlife in Budapest exciting, colorful, and always unexpected. Join this tour to find out, and to explore Budapest’s nightlife scene.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pick-up service

Meet at Madách Imre Tér, 1075, Budapest near the statue of the dancing lady. Your guide will be holding a Taste Hungary tote bag.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Drink like a local out for a night on the tow
  • Walk through the streets of Budapest to discover these hidden gems
  • Move through the seventh district’s ruin bars, and experience the phenomenon from a local perspective
  • Learn about what propelled the development of the ruin bars, and how things have changed in Budapest since then
Full description
Deep inside the dense history–filled Jewish quarter, and hidden within crumbling, pre–war buildings with battered bricks and graffiti, are some of Budapest’s most popular hangouts. From the outside they may look like squatters blocks, but inside are the ruin bars — filled with unexpected layers of detail  — which have become Budapest’s own brand of local cool. Abandoned buildings, old cellars and derelict spaces have been transformed into dozens of these wildly decked-out bars, with old bathtubs and broken–down cars turned into seating, and all manner of nostalgia stuffed into every nook.

Some have been around for more than a decade, while others disappear just as quickly as they pop up. They are not simply places to get a drink. Over the past decade, ruin bars have introduced a new wave of entertainment in Budapest and expanded beyond simply serving booze into cultural, artistic, and sometimes, gastronomic hotspots. Concentrated in the seventh district, they are at the edge of where the mainstream meets the contemporary underground art scene, and their success has been a catalyst for gentrification in this quarter. As the neighborhood continues to change, however, ruin pubs may be forced to change along with it.

Join the tour to experience a handful of ruin bars in different styles. Look at many of them, and stop for drinks at four or five places. Discuss what was happening in Budapest in the early part of this century to encourage these types of bars to proliferate, and why they continue to thrive, even though every year there are articles forecasting the death of the ruin bar. How have they changed the fabric of the neighborhood, and how are they still evolving? 
Includes
  • Visits to 5 or 6 bars
  • Drinks at 4 venues
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
Know before you go
• 3–hour tour, generally from 6:00pm to 9:00pm unless otherwise requested
• Begins and ends at a central location in Pest
• Small-group tour for 2 to 8 guests
• For larger groups please choose the Large Group Tour option when booking
• For a customizable private tour, please choose the Private Tour option when booking
• Though there will be plenty of breaks, be prepared to cover a lot of ground on your feet during this tour
• Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible
• Minimum of 2 participants apply. If there are not enough passengers to meet requirements, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
• Please be prepared to arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before departure, and contact the supplier in case of late arrival
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Taste Hungary

Product ID: 112096