Although many of the population call it a day at 10pm, cheap prices and an efficient transport system make the nightlife worth checking out. The Hungarian drinking scene hasnt changed much in forty years and consists mainly of borozo (wine cellars) and sorozo (beer halls). Many high quality wines are produced in the country with wines such as Bulls Blood and Tokaji well known in the west. Traditionally beer and lager are not nearly as popular as wine and spirits.
Czech brews have overshadowed Hungarian beer but its largely good quality. Prices vary to the extremes. The borozos are usually very cheap. In a beer hall a pint will cost Ft200-Ft300. But be warned Hungarians never clink beer glasses. New clubs and discos are opening all the time, and the rave scene is growing constantly. However beware of the many new western style clubs with costly covers and expensive beer. Look out for listings in the weekly Budapest Sun and the free Budapest Nightlife guide and Where Budapest, a free monthly guide available in many hotels.
Live music can be heard in Petofi Csarnok in the City Park. This is one of the top venues in the city and also has a good flea market at the weekends. Although the university is situated in Buda, many students go out in Pest as nearly all concert venues and late-night bars are located there. Between June and August, a whole host of temporary classical concert venues emerge in the city including the Matyas templom and the Parliament building. The Budapest Spring Festival, held in March or April, is a two-week festival of local and international performances.
V Nyári Pál útca 11, Budapest, Hungary
Open since 1927, Fat Mo's is one of Budapest's most famous live music venues. It can get stuffy on weekends but with 14 beers on draught, it's worth the visit.
Open Mon-Fri 12 noon to 2am/3am/4am, Sat & Sun 6pm-4am/2am.
V, Vaci utca 6., Budapest, Hungary
Situated downtown, this established bar has a good selection of beer, a relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff.
VI, Liszt Ferenc ter 10., Budapest, Hungary
A laid-back friendly bar on the pedestrianised Liszt Ferenc ter, with a popular terrace. Undergrass the cellar nightclub is underneath it.
V, Honved utca 40, Budapest, Hungary
This is a laid back, relaxed club with a cheerful atmosphere and cheap drink. Dancing continues until closing time.
VI, Vaci utca 1, Budapest, Hungary
This is one of Budapests better clubs and has some talented resident DJs and two dance floors. At weekends it is packed solid so get there early.
VII Dob utca 83, Budapest, Hungary
Simply called the club by the locals, this is a good meeting place with lively atmosphere and cheap prices. It is Ft150 for a Borsodi and there is booth seating at the back.
VII, Dohany utca 2, Budapest, Hungary
One of the latest additions to Budapests Jazz scene, this club has an intimate
atmosphere, good acts and there is no cover charge.
VII, Szovetseg utca. 33, Budapest, Hungary
This is Budapests largest gay bar with an interesting crowd. There is a disco for men and women on Friday and Sunday nights whilst Saturdays are reserved for men only.
VII, Akacfa utca. 13, Budapest, Hungary
For those who do not like techno this unpretentious pub is a good option. Located in an underground cellar it features live music early in the evening followed by a DJ well into the early hours.
V, Szent Istvan korut 15, Budapest, Hungary
Excellent Latin music and dancing just up from Nyugati Station.
Morrison's Music Pub, VI Révay útca 25, Budapest, Hungary
This nightclub's name may trigger thoughts of various tracks by The Doors blaring from the speakers but this isn't the case. Instead you're more likely to hear dance tunes banging away until the early hours. There's also a small dancefloor for you to bust a move.
Open nightly from 9pm-4am.