Ruin bars are a big thing in Budapest. No, it’s not somewhere where you get hammered (although some do); it’s a bar housed in an old and dilapidated building. Szimpla Kert was one of the first ruin bars in the city.
To avoid the worst stag parties in Budapest, you need to head to one of the culture bars, and steer clear of watering holes. Szimpla Kert is the perfect fit: housed in a rickety old building, with a busy programme of cultural events.
As well as great drinks and three meals a day, Szimpla Kert hosts live music concerts every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, as well as a free jam session on Sundays. Movie screenings also take place regularly, and Sunday mornings see an in-house farmers’ market. As well as inside seating, you’ll find an expansive garden. The clientele is international.
Situated on Kazinczy Street, Szimpla Kert is well-placed to absorb the buzz of the city. Kazinczy Street is always busy, and could be compared to Soho or Times Square. Its nickname is the “Street of Culture”.
The place is huge, spread out over three floors and with multiple bars inside. You’re talking hundreds of customers at peak times, so this isn’t the venue to go to if you hate crowds. You’ll even find a gin factory, as well as eccentric outsiders; one reviewer spotted a woman selling carrots…