Ruin Bars of Budapest

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If you are heading to Budapest, then you might have heard about ruin bars but you might not know what they are. The ruin bars of Budapest are all the rage and extremely popular.

Since the first ruin bar, Szimpla Kert, was founded, they have grown in numbers and are now popular with all kinds of people. All of these bars can be found in the Old District VII neighbourhood and are located in abandoned building, stores and lots. Following World War II, this area of Budapest was left derelict but it then became the ideal place for an underground bar scene.

Each bar is unique and has its own character but they all follow the same basic principles. The first is for it to occupy an abandoned place before turning it into a bar and filling it with furniture from the flea market. Often, artists will go in and get creative on the ceilings and walls while strange antiques can be found around the place. These bars can move frequently depending on how the neighbours take to them springing up in the area. However, they are an exciting place to experience a real experience in Budapest when it comes to a night out.

Best Ruin Bars in Budapest

Szimpla Kert

This is was the founding bar in terms of ruin bars and it was the one that kicked it all off. It first opened in 2001 and began the trend, making it one of the largest ruin bars in the area. It was once an abandoned factory but it boasts a large courtyard and a top floor where you can find live music, cocktail bars, eclectic furniture and a lively atmosphere. Each room has its own theme while they also sell food which is ideal after sampling a few drinks there.


Located in an old apartment building, it is the biggest ruin bar in the whole of the city. There are more than twenty rooms to explore and it has more of a club feel to it. Each room has its own décor and unique furniture while some of the apartments have been joined to make larger rooms where DJs can play their records and people can dance. This is a very popular ruin bar and it is slightly more expensive than some of the other ruin bars in the area but the atmosphere is brilliant.

Fogas Ház

In comparison to some of the other ruin bars, this is a smaller and lesser-known ruin bar and so, you are likely to find fewer tourists here. This “House of Teeth" got its name from the old dentist sign that was found while they were building the bar. The bar has a real quirky feel to it with bicycles and glasses hanging from the ceiling while it has more of an arty feeling than other bars. The inner courtyard has small tables while the music is not so loud here making it easier to have a relaxing drink and a chat.


This is slightly different when compared to other ruin bars. It has a trendy vibe to it with a fancy décor and in some ways, it feels more like a normal bar. However, it does occupy an old building so it is classed as a ruin bar. There is a courtyard with a tree that has a red-eyed robot attached to it, proving just how different these bars really are. This bar has two main rooms known as the red room and the blue room and here there is dance music played, making it a very popular choice for many.

Corvin Teto

Amazingly, this can be found positioned on top of a supermarket. It has a massive rooftop terrace and that adds to its charm and helps to make it extremely popular. However, the views here of the hills of Buda and the buildings that fill the skyline will really impress you. Again this is another ruin bar that is based around dance music but it is a great place to go when you want to watch the sun go down with a drink in hand.

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