By Stephen Allen of steontour.com
A trip to Budapest would not be complete without a visit to the ruin bars. After a busy day exploring the local landmarks, what better to do than dive into a vibrant ruin bar and soak up the local culture?
Budapest ruin bars are popular with both younger and older people in the afternoon and evening. Szimpla Kert is the mecca of all Budapest ruin bars and many similar bars have popped up over the years as more tourists hit Budapest.
The majority of ruin bars are located in Budapest’s old district V11 neighbourhood, otherwise known as the Jewish quarter. They are built in the ruins of abandoned buildings, stores or lots. The bars are often rustic, hip and funky places to get a cheap local beer in a unique and laid-back atmosphere.
Due to the variety of properties that are converted into the ruin bars, each building boasts its own unique character and ambience, with variety of decorations and space to match. All of the ruin bars have hip and arty decor with unique and relaxed ambience to suit any mood you may be in after a day of exploration.
Budapest ruin bars contain multiple rooms that act like secret pockets where you can sit and enjoy your drinks, as well as boasting open private courtyard spaces. Exposed brick walls, jungle-like vines, hanging items such as bicycles, and seating made from bath-tubs are just some of the things you might find in these unique bars. Each bar has a different style varying from more modern concepts to ones that have a more rustic appeal, so there is something for everyone.