Top 7 Amazing Ruin Bars in Budapest

Visiting one of the famous ruin bars in Budapest is definitely one of the must do’s in town. Ruin Bars were actually created out of necessity. Just with a little budget but with lots of creativity, dilapidated houses and ruin buildings were renovated by young students. Furniture that usually ends up in bulky waste is now the hip interior of these trash bars. Instead of pretty wallpaper, colorful graffiti and art decorate the walls. Over the years, the popularity of ruin bars and ruin pubs in Budapest has grown steadily. Today they are an important part of the vibrant nightlife in town. But where are the best ruin bars in Budapest?

In this travel guide we have summarized the most famous locations and the absolute best ruin bars of Budapest.


Szimpla Kert

Szimpla Kert is one of the oldest ruin bars in Budapest. Also, this ruin bar is probably the most famous one and actually also the most extraordinary ruin pub in the city. Here is an absolute overload of odds and ends. Sure you will be amazed by all the colorful details: With a drink in your hand you can stroll through various rooms, all of them decorated in a very special and individual way. No table, no bench or chair is like the other, and every room has a different, colorful theme and decoration. The whole ambiance at Szimpla Kert is simply overwhelming! That’s why this cool ruin bar was voted one of the coolest bars in the world by travel magazines.

The audience in the Szimpla Kertist is very mixed, from alternative locals to older couples to bachelor party groups and tourists. So if you are looking for an extra cool ruin bar in Budapest, you should definitely visit the Szimpla Kert! This bar is like no other.

Address: Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary

Tip: There are some really cool party hostels nearby, such as The Hive, where people celebrate around the clock!


The Anker’t is one of the more subtle bars among the ruin bars in Budapest. In comparison to the colorfully and chaotic ruin pubs like e.g. the Szimpla Kert, the Anker’t doesn’t focus on crazy decoration and exaggerated frills. Also the audience is not that alternative and more casual. Nevertheless, there is a completely relaxed and chillaxed atmosphere at Anker’t. Here people are in a good mood and also the music guaranties great vibes. And the party will go on for long…

Address: Budapest, 1061, Paulay Ede u. 33, 1061 Hungary

Mazel Tov

The Mazel Tov is currently the absolute place-to-be in Budapest. This famous ruin bar is considered being one of the best restaurants at Jewish quarter. It feels like the entire hipster scene is dining out here. The whole ambience is stunningly beautiful: decorated with green hanging plants, live music in the background and delicious food, this restaurant guarantees an unforgettable dinner experience. Unfortunately, the Mazel Tov is already so famous that you have to book a table for the evening in advance.

Address: Budapest, Akácfa u. 47, 1072 Hungary

Ellátó Kert

The Ellato Kert is another bar highlight of the city. This ruin bar is located in the 7th district and is one of the coolest locations in the Jewish Quarter. The bar is really colorful and inspires with a Latin flair and an alternative atmosphere. The audience is a good mix of students, locals and tourists. Also fantastic is that you have a large outdoor area. The prices here are quite cheap, so you can expect lower prices compared to other bars. In case you are getting hungry, we can recommend to try some of the delicious Mexican snacks. Also here you can pre-book a table for the evening.

Address: Budapest, Kazinczy u. 48, 1075 Hungary

Csendes Létterem

When it comes to ruin bars in Budapest, the Csendes Letterem is one of the absolute insider tips. This really chic trash bar is located in the 5th district and delights its guests with hundreds of small details. Here you feel right at home, probably because in Csendes it is much more comfortable compared to other bars. During daytime it is run as a café, in the evening it turns into a pleasantly quiet bar. Also the prices are really cheap here. In case you get hungry, don`t miss to check out the menu at Csendes Letterem. Highly recommended here is the goulash soup and the extremely delicious burger selection!

Address: Ferenczy István u. 5, 1053 Hungary


The Grandio is a ruin bar and a party-hostel at the same time. Here the party addicted traveler scene meets up to have cool drinks and to enjoy the cozy garden. Especially popular for young travelers, the Grandio is the perfect place for celebrating and drinking. Regular pub crawls (pub crawls) and alcohol Olympiads are organized. If you are looking for a party hostel in Budapest, you should definitely stay here. But if you prefer to party more nicely, there might be better places.

Address: Budapest, Nagy Diófa u. 8, 1072 Hungary

Instant & Fogas Ház

The Instant & Fogas Ház is one of the biggest ruin bars in Budapest and actually a great place for party. This club has a kind of tunnel system where with many rooms and different types of music (pop, techno, rock, hip-hop, etc.). At Instag Fogaz it is more likely to meet up with the locals, but certainly also tourists are part of the party crowd. If you are looking for a long night out, you should definitely choose this ruin bar. Although it is also open during the day, the party starts quite late.

Address: Budapest, Akácfa u. 49-51, 1073 Hungary

Budapest Bar Tours

A bar tour with a local guide will introduce you to the nightlife of Budapest and you will discover some of the best bars in the city. Perfect for a fun and sociable evening in the Hungarian capital. These pub tours as well as other exciting city tours can be booked online at GetyourGuide.


Places to stay next to the best Ruin Bars:

The coolest ruin bars of Budapest are located at Jewish quarter, the 7th district. In addition to these legendary bars, there are also plenty of fantastic restaurants and cafes to find. The whole district is hip and due to its central location, it is also an ideal starting point to explore Budapest. If you also want to stay in this area, then we can recommend the following accommodations:

  • Hotel: The Barceló Budapest is one of the best hotels in this trendy district. Even the location is super central, and the beautiful rooms offer a lot of peace. Also, the breakfast is really delicious!
  • Apartment: If you rather fancy a holiday apartment near the Ruinenbars, then we can recommend the ingenious and beautifully furnished Colours Apartments Budapest.
  • Hostel: As a cheap alternative you should have a look the Hostel Maverick City Lodge. From here you will soon be at the best sights and ruin bars of Budapest. The hip hostel offers both dormitory and twin rooms.


Conclusion: The ruin bars in Budapest are crazy, hip, iconic, fun and each one is a unique masterpiece. No matter if you want a nice coffee, a delicious cocktail, to smoke a shisha or an exuberant party – these bars are a real enrichment of Budapest’s nightlife!

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