In the summertime Budapest’s nightlife extends to the many ‘kert’ pubs, temporary outdoor pubs and Bohemian-like bars, located in parks and courtyards. Summer in the city just isn't complete without a drink (or two) at one of these garden pubs ('kert') or patio bars ('udvar'):
Located in the city center, Ötkert is one of Budapest’s youngest outdoor gastropubs. Its terrace is ideal for drinking and chilling. Ötkert is also one of the hottest party places in the city with live performances, DJs and an open-air dance floor.
Address: Zrínyi utca 4, District 5
Open: Monday & Tuesday: noon to midnight, Wednesday & Thursday: noon to 4 am, Friday & Saturday noon to 5 am
Since its opening in 2001, Szimpla Kert has been a Budapest landmark and a trend setter for many ruin pubs to follow. Today, Szimpla is as popular as ever and remains a good place to party almost any night. Szimpla hosts concerts and movie nights. If you are looking for a challenge sign up for one of their backgammon tournaments.
Address: Kazinczy utca 14, District 7
Open: Daily, from noon to 3 am
Located in the heart of the city, Akvárium Klub is a great place to grab a drink and mingle with the locals. The huge terrace is a lively spot, guaranteed to be packed when the sun goes down. Akvárium’s got it all – there’s a club, live concerts, outdoor pub, and even a green-grass-spot.
Address: Erzsébet tér 14, District 5
Open: Monday-Wednesday: 6 pm to 2 am, Thursday-Saturday: 6 pm to 5 am, Sunday: 4 pm to 2 am
Kőleves Kert is located on an empty lot next to the charming Kőleves Restaurant. It occupies an expansive open space with plenty of chairs and tables to enjoy a pint and spend a lazy summer day or night.
Address: Kazinczy utca 37-39, District 7
Open: Daily, noon to 2 am
Located in City Park, Kertem is a garden within a garden. During the day it’s a kid-, bicycle- and pet-friendly place, ideal for a glass of house lemonade. At night it ‘transforms’ into a proper ruin pub with live concerts under the stars.
Address: Olof Palme Sétány 3, District 14
Open: Daily, from 11 am to 4 am (the kitchen closes at 1 am)
Dürer Kert is located in a former university-building-turned-ruin-pub right next to City Park. You’ll enjoy its large courtyard, friendly atmosphere and many free concerts. Fröccs (wine spritzer) is the drink of choice at Dürer Kert and it even hosts a fröccs and wine festival.
Address: Ajtósi Dürer sor 19-21, District 14
Open: Daily, from noon to 5 am
Spend a fun filled day outdoors on Margaret Island and stay for the party at Holdudvar when the sun goes down. This alfresco restaurant, bar and art gallery comes alive on summer nights with a young crowd dancing under the stars.
Address: Margitsziget, District 13
Open: Daily, from 11 am to 5 am, April to October