Szimpla Kert: The best ruin bar in Budapest

Anyone coming to Budapest has heard something about their “ruin bars”. But what are these ruin bars, exactly? Picture those old buildings and factories destined to destruction. Every city has some of them, right? Well, in Budapest, instead of taking them down, they decided to revolutionise them and turn them into super cool bars!

szimpla kert ruin barMismatched furniture, funky design, contemporary art and weird objects come together to create the perfect party atmosphere! For the perfect ruin bar experience, Szimpla Kert is the place to go!

szimpla kert ruin bar budapestSzimpla Kert was the first ruin bar to open in Budapest, and it has remained the most popular one (at least in my book)!

While ruin bars are not your typical local hotspot, they definitely deserve a visit! The whole vibe is international and funky and there are so many different things you can do! Plus, a crowd with mixed tastes and different ages definitely adds to the experience!

You like shisha? Grab a chair, sit down and enjoy smoking shisha with your friends. You want a cigarette, head to the open-air smoking section! You want to dance? Head to the main room or go into the glass box!

szimpla kert budapestAnd while you’re at it, explore all of Szimpla Kert’s floors and rooms, each one has a cool funky design with different objects (also bikes and vintage cars) that you cannot miss!

szimpla kert budapestWalking into Szimpla Kert is just amazing. The whole vibe is funky, the drinks super cheap (yup, 2 EUR for a beer and 5 EUR cocktails) and lots of people from different countries!

szimpla kert budapestIt’s the perfect place for a crazy night with your friends in one of the most characteristic bars you will ever set foot in!

Address: Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday from 12pm – 4am / Sunday from 9am – 5am

Cocktail price: 1500 HUF / 5 EUR

Beer price: 350 HUF – 1000 HUF / 1.15 EUR – 3.30 EUR

Accepted credit cards: Cash Only



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  1. I’ve had the privilege of exploring the many ruin pubs there and absolutely agree: Szimpla is THE very best… and worth visiting both by day and by night. I have played the poor beat up piano there a hundred times. Anyway, thank you, Federica, for sharing this. It brought back many fond memories of connecting with people from all over the world there. Ciao.

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