It’s ‘Fröccs’ Season in Budapest

Comment Posted by: Roberta Gyori

Fröccs, red or white wine mixed with soda water, is a popular summer drink. Also known as wine spritzer, fröccs is light and refreshing on a hot summer's day. Both Hungarians and Austrians lay claim to the origin of the fröccs, but since soda water, one of its key ingredients, was invented by a Hungarian (Ányos Jedlik) we will side with the Hungarian story.

Based on the proportion of wine to soda water each fröccs is different and Hungarians have fondly given them funny names:

Nagyfröccs - large spritzer, also called Hajtás or 'rush' is 2 dl wine and 1 dl soda water
Kisfröccs - small spritzer, also called Rövidlépés or 'small step' is 1 dl wine and 1 dl soda water
Hosszúlépés - 'long step' is 1 dl wine and 2 dl soda water
Házmester - 'janitor' is 3 dl wine and 2 dl soda water
Viceházmester - 'assistant janitor' is 4 dl wine and 1 dl soda water
Kisházmester - 'little janitor' is 1 dl wine and 4 dl soda water
Polgármester - 'mayor' is 6 dl wine and 4 dl soda water
Alpolgármester - 'deputy mayor' is 4 dl wine and 6 dl soda water
Sóher fröccs - 'stingy' is 1 dl wine and 9 dl soda water

Here are some of the best places to enjoy a chilled fröccs in Budapest:

Fröccsterasz - probably the most relaxed outdoor place to enjoy a spritzer
Address: Erzsébet tér 13, Budapest, District 5
Open: Monday - Sunday: 2 pm to 3 am

Egykettő Wine Bistro - this place comes with a dedicated fröccs garden and serves many varieties of spritzer
Address: Károlyi Mihály utca 12, Budapest, District 5
Open: Monday - Saturday: noon to midnight

Drop Shop - one of the city's authentic wine bars, where the spritzer selection goes well beyond the table wines
Address: Balassi Bálint utca 27, Budapest, District 5
Open: Monday - Friday: 9 am to midnight, Saturday & Sunday: 11 am to midnight

Szimpla Kert - Budapest's oldest and most popular ruin pub serves refreshing wine spritzers all summer
Address: Kazinczy utca 14, Budapest, District 7
Open: Monday - Sunday: noon to 3 am

Sarki Fűszeres - grab a seat on the terrace, let the wait staff know what type of wine you like and enjoy a spritzer made with your favorite variety
Address: Pozsonyi út 53-55, Budapest, District 13
Open: Monday - Friday: 8 am to 10 pm, Saturday: 8 am to 3 pm, Sunday: closed

DiVino - a trendy wine bar to sample Hungarian wine where the rosé spritzer remains one of the best
Address: Szent István tér 3, Budapest, District 5
Open: Monday - Wednesday: 4 pm to midnight, Thursday - Saturday: 4 pm to 2 am, Sunday: 4 pm to midnight

Szatyor Bar - a casual and unpretentious place to have some good wine spritzer in Buda
Address: Bartók Béla út 36, Budapest, District 11
Open: Monday - Friday: noon to 1 am, Saturday - Sunday: 4 pm to 1 am

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