BUDAPEST REOPENING - an overview on the awakening nightlife of Budapest-
Spring has finally arrived in Budapest and with it, the end of a lockdown. From the 1st of May theaters, circuses, gyms, zoos, spas and swimming pools, sports venues and hotels, restaurants and bars can reopen. For indoor areas you need a vaccination certificate, but terraces can be visited by all, so even if yours hasn't arrived yet you can enjoy the outside while sipping a drink in your favourite bar.
In this article we collected the best outdoor bars & restaurants in Budapest.
The highest rooftop in Budapest with a 360 degree view onto the city. Even just for a cocktail after work or a nice dinner,this bar is a great choice. Local tip: Some nights they have live music, make sure you check their event calendar not to miss it.
Tuesday to Sunday from 2 pm until curfew
Located on the banks of the Danube, Kabin provides relaxation, closeness to nature and big city entertainment at the same time. You can find there families with children playing at the Danube, dogs running around, couples watching the sunset from hammocks and friends having a drink or two. It’s located at Népsziget, which is an island only half an hour from the center of Budapest. They offer affordable drinks and street food as well, so get your friends and family and spend a sunny afternoon there. Local tip: Best to arrive with a bike. Even if you come from Buda or Pest, there’s a bike route all the way with a great view of the city.
Every day from May to October from noon to curfew
In the famous Kazinczy street, only a few steps away from Maverick City Lodge, can you find this colourful oasis. With being the garden of a great restaurant they offer meals for a nice dinner and a cheaper lunch menu as well. At night it's more like a ruin bar, but the vibe is more chill than in the neighbouring Szimpla. So if you plan on going out and actualing hearing your friends while enjoying a vodka soda, this is your place. Local tip: They have a lunch menu every weekday from 11:30 to 15:00. Two courses for 1900 HUF, three courses for 2400 HUF with a fröccs on the house.
From spring to the end of autumn, every day from 11 am to 11pm.
Garden restaurant in the heart of Buda, in the former pools of the Gellért Bath. With it’s unique location and great offers, this place is a must to visit. Local tip: As it’s a quite popular place for locals and tourists as well, better to book a table if you plan on arriving around dinner time.
Monday to Friday from noon, Saturday-Sunday from 11 am until curfew.
Areas with great bars and restaurants
Mikszáth square & Madách Square
Both squares are the typical hipster places, where everyone stands with a drink and cigarettes in front of the bars, being one mass crowd. If you desire a good coffee my little melbourne and Lumen are your places. After sunset Telep, Központ and Zappa Bistroare where the cool kids go.
A drink after work or a date? The area of the whale-looking exhibition center is full of options to go. It's right next to the Danube, having a great view on Gellért hill and the bridges. The most popular places are Esetleg bistro, Balna teraszand Pavilon.
Local tip: The Maverick Pub is only a 2 minute walk from there. It’s on the ground floor of our brand new Maverick Student Lodge with a friendly hostel vibe. Visit us and taste our own branded beers and handmade pizzas. When? Every day from 12 pm to 11 pm Where?Budapest, Lónyay u. 31, 1093
The City Park in Budapest is one of the most popular places for getting out to nature for a couple of hours even if we don’t want to leave downtown. Pántlika and Zöld Küllő are just one of the many that offer fröccs under the trees on a hot summer day.
As you can see most of the recommended places close at curfew which is, according to the restrictions by the government due to Covid-19, is at 11 pm at the moment.