Beautiful Budapest is one fantastic place to visit, whether you’re on a stag do, a birthday weekend or a business trip, you can’t go far without coming across some of the most unique bars in all of eastern Europe. Ruin pubs are unusual, funky and the best drinkeries to while away a few hours, day or night.

The Creation

Ruin pubs and bars came about after the locals decided to make use of the many ruined courtyards across the city. Szimpla was the first, a small DIY-style bar, which became a classic for hipsters across the city. Falling down buildings don’t at first appear to be the best places to create drinking dens. However, once the Hungarians got their hands on them, adorned them with vintage furniture and stylish decor, there really was no other place to be for a spot of lunch or drinks with a few buddies into the early hours.


The Clientele

Students and hipsters have been the predominant visitors to Ruin bars, but in recent years, they have become more popular with stag and hen parties. The dance floors underneath the bars are now full of partygoers throughout the evenings, with DJs spinning grooves until the sun comes up. Singles go to check out local talent, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, there’s no loutish behaviour and no one bats an eyelid if you want to flaunt your sexy moves as the night progresses.

The Location

Across Budapest, you can find Ruin bars dotted about all over. They are ideal for a pub-crawl! Get the relevant information from your local tour guide and you can plan a brilliant crawl throughout the city. You can find them in the 6th, 7th and 8th districts, so your crawl can be as big or as small as you want it to be!

Ruin bar Budapest

The Prices

Here’s the best part. Not only can you stay all day, throughout the evening and into the early hours, you don’t have to pay a penny for entry. Nope. Not a sausage. On top of this marvellous phenomenon, the drinks are cheap. We mean so cheap, you’ll be giggling thinking that the bar staff have made a mistake when you buy a round of beers. Your money goes a lot further here than anywhere else in Europe.

The Ladies

Obviously, there are many locals who frequent the Ruin bars and that includes the delectable Hungarian honeys. Along with the casual students and dressed up hen parties, the girls here are second to none. You could sit all night and admire the gorgeous girls who love spending time here, just make sure you’ve got your best shirt on and practice your chat up lines. There are plenty of guys wanting their attention, so up your game if you want to get into a flirting situation with a beautiful babe from Budapest!

Make sure a visit to a Ruin pub is at the top of your ‘to-do’ list when visiting Budapest. You’ll have a cracking time and probably won’t want to leave. Ever.