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Szimpla Kert

Kazinczy utca 14, Budapest 1075, Hungary (Erzsébetváros)
+36 1 352 4198
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Ranked #1 of 85 Nightlife in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Activities: Drinking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: The oldest ruin pub in Budapest.
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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

I loved this club, we had so much fun there! We didn't arrive until about 12.30am, so there were already a lot of people there, but it wasn't rammed. The cheap wine really was nasty, but it was reflected in the price. The beer was better, and still good value. Didn't take long to get served and we went off... More

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

This 'Ruin' pub in the jewish quarter is a great little bar, it does seem to have been somewhat taken over by tourists (of which of course I am one) but this warren of different floors and hidden rooms is great for commandeering a little corner and enjoying the decent szimpla beer (not quite as cheap as other places nearby... More

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

We went to Budapest for 5 days and we visited this place the 2 of our 4 nights. The reason? It was perfect

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
7 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

This is a cool and alternative pub/bar in Budapest. But it is not the kind of posh bar like Buddha bar where you go there for people watching or to be seen. Somehow the atmosphere and vibe of this bar reminded me of the alternative trendy bar scenes in Berlin (east side). So if you like that kind of bar,... More

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Malmo, Sweden
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

The interior is obviously interesting, and the bar was crowded, but the bartenders weren't very nice and the music was really boring and dated. The place might look like it's aimed at an "alternative" audience but it really isn't. I'd stay for a beer and then leave.

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Rozelle, Australia
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Visited this place on a Friday night in shoulder season, was really busy, but as with other reviews, it mainly seemed to be backpackers and tourists rather than locals. The drinks were more expensive than other bars in Budapest but still really cheap by Australian/USA standards. The interior was very cool though so make sure you take a walk around... More

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brussels
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

The worst bar I have ever been to. The drinks were over-priced, the atmosphere was creepy, and the bartenders were extremely rude. I was physically assaulted by a bartender for no reason other than he thought I took the wrong drink. He grabbed me by the neck and tried to strangle me . The bouncers did nothing but try to... More

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Bologna, Italy
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

I've been in this place this summer, in August, in the meantime I went to Sziget Festival. One of my bestfriend bring me to this place because of she studied in Budapest and lot of erasmus students go there when they go out. I agree with her, It's a very nice place! Lot of place in Budapest are builded onto... More

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Kennewick, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

When I visited Szimpla in 2008 the place was a good mix of locals and tourists. Now in 2012, it appears to be about 90% tourists. While this in and of itself is not bad, it isn't exactly a local joint or hidden gem anymore. The building itself is really cool and totally worth visiting. Be sure to explore the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012 via mobile

A very cool bar with lots of different rooms to drink in. Laid back vibe, cheap drinks and lots of different people here. Loved it. Great place for a more alternative venue but be warned, the toilets are gross!

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