Szimpla Kert
9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Monday
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
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Dive deep in Budapest’s unique nightlife, go to Kazinczy Street! It is not an accident that it’s also called the Street of Culture, Kazinczy street offers the greatest variety of touristic highlights, the most famous ruinbar, fine dining and the highest quality Kosher restaurants, the most colorful streetfood in Budapest. Under 14. Kazinczy street you can find the pioneer of all; the first ruinbar: Szimpla Kert. Here you will find an uncomparable atmosphere, fine food and drinks, cultural events like movie projections, live music concerts every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, a free jam session on Sundays, farmers’ market on Sunday mornings and many more. Szimpla Kert welcomes you all day with breakfast, lunch and dinner offers, beautiful garden, interesting objects and people. It’s always full of life, especially in the evening, it turns into an international meeting point.
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Neighborhood: District VII / Jewish Quarter
District VII is the very heart of Budapest and houses the city’s Jewish Quarter. Its streets are lively and colorful, its buildings narrate different histories in an assortment of architectural styles, and its cafes and bars are frequented and loved by the enthusiastic crowds. Grand and magnificent, the striking star of the district is the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Distinctly Moorish in style, crowned by the twin onion shaped domes, the Synagogue is the very emblem of District VII and one of the main attractions in the capital.
How to get there
  • Astoria • 5 min walk
  • Blaha Lujza tér • 7 min walk
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Mina Eaves
Kewstoke, UK43 contributions
Oct 2022
Dark, cavernous and full of interesting people and artefacts, this is a must-visit. There are many bars within the building so take time to wander through to the back where there is an outdoor type area and more bohemian rooms upstairs. The expensive Hungarian red wine from the Wine Bar area was disappointing. Next door is a vibrant open air food court (Karavan)- nicer, cheaper wines (half the price) and loads of good food even a great vegan fast food outlet.
Written October 31, 2022
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thomas095
Birmingham, United Kingdom111 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
One of the coolest, if not the coolest, bars I’ve ever been to. This ruins bar was highly recommended to us and I’m really glad we went. There was quite a big queue when we got there but it went down very quickly and we were in within about 10/15 mins. Once in it is a maze of places to sit and drink and different bars to go to. There’s also a huge outdoor section. Wish we’d have gone back in the day as apparently there’s an indoor market. Certainly one of the must visits for Budapest!
Written November 6, 2022
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Pink
Doncaster, UK718 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Visited here twice during our 5 night stay. The first occasion alone on a Sunday evening. The bar was very busy and I felt a little intimidated by the loud groups initially, but after settling with my slightly overpriced drink in the outdoor area I absorbed the atmosphere a little & decided that it'd be better to return with my friend and during daylight hours so that I can appreciate the decor. Unfortunately I needed to visit the loo which was utterly disgusting. Smelly, covered in blood and failing to flush.

On the second occasion it was far better. The bar was were quiet, the decor could be appreciated fully, no queues at the bars, each room could be explored without feeling intimidated & the staff had the time to advise me that the initial drink may seem overpriced, but this is because you pay a deposit for the plastic cup which will be exchanged for a fresh one when you get your next drink. When you take your cup to the bar the last time, request either a token for your next visit or a deposit refund.
I wish that I had been informed of this the previous time! I'm sure that someone else appreciated picking up the cup I'd paid for & left on the table & claiming the deposit as a result.

The bar itself is technically a ruin which has been broken up into a series of themed rooms around a Central internal courtyard & external garden. There are toilets on each of the two floors, but they are pretty grim. Even during the day they smell awful & could be cleaner so do be aware of this beforehand.

It's a mixture of beauty, curiousity & culture here that you'll either love or hate. Top tip: turn left as you leave and a few doors up you'll find a lovely street food market too.
Written April 8, 2022
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AlpineTrails.co.uk
London, UK205 contributions
Apr 2022
Very unique and interesting place. Liked the vibe and the music. Some of the comments here would concern me if I were the owner. I did not experience any of the mentioned.

While it is a cool place, it also feels a bit like a tourist trap. Prices are ridiculous and a beer is almost twice as much as in a high end restaurant. Most of the customers were tourists.
Written May 1, 2022
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Mrs R
Banbridge, UK88 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We were recommended the ruin bars, in central Budapest and they did not disappoint. Such an amazing place with so much to ponder. Really unusual setting, culture and atmosphere. The place is buzzing at night with various types of music played throughout the warehouse. After 8pm it gets busy. Our favourite bar was the wine bar. Our first visit was during the day so we got to fully see the character and then on our return we waited until dark and thats when the bars came to life. Its a must see when visiting Budapest x
Written November 25, 2022
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cheeseygip
Liverpool, UK39 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
Yes the drinks are expensive but you're paying for the experience. This is a really interesting place and I'm so pleased I visited twice. They have free live music in the back room in the evenings. I went in the day time and early evening as I heard it gets very busy later. Also you need the daylight to see all the interesting features! A fest for the eyes
Written April 6, 2022
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PAWCarol
Rainham, UK53 contributions
Jul 2022
This is one Ruins bar that you really must visit. Never have I seen such a mis-match of tables, chairs and decor - yet it all works. There must be about 8 different bars inside this building, all serving local brews and wines, with an extra wine only bar. They do serve food, but I'm not sure when. Stays open until about 4am most nights. Pub crawl without walking to a different pub each time .
Written August 11, 2022
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Dr. F
Nottingham, UK919 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
If there is an activity which is symbol of Budapest nightlife, its the Ruin Bars. In a nutshell, these are Bars with multiple counters under one roof built in post World War abandoned old buildings in Jewish Quarter of Budapest. Known locally as romkocsma, the worn down look is accelerated with wall graffiti, flea market style furniture and scattered lighting, all contributing to a distinctive personality of these Bars.

Szimpla Kert is the pioneer of all Ruin Bars and most famous. Its the best place to start exploration of these bars. The place is usually very busy and there is always a huge queue to enter. Inside theres a large space which is usually so packed, theres hardly space to stand. There are people dancing and having fun, all giving vibes of a jolly and tumultuous atmosphere. At the top floor, the area is split into multiple rooms, most of them having their own bar.

I visited late night and I was alone. I don't suggest this place for socializing. Better to go as couple or as part of a group. I observed mostly 2 types of visitors in jam packed crowd; First,Tourists like me who visited for the recommendation and curiosity. If you are not solo, you will enjoy more. Second type of visitors and who seem to having more fun are the locals. They know each other and other local visitors and familiarly enjoy the whole party atmosphere of the area.

If overcrowded places don't bother you and you don't mind getting in long lines for your drink, then this is really a place to spend some time. Drinks and Shisha are reasonably charged though you have to be quick to order. The whole Ruin Pub idea is interesting, I recommend at least visiting to explore the culture, even if you can't or don't stay much.
Written March 7, 2020
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DaisySpencer
York, UK127 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
My husband and I, as slightly ‘older’, weren’t keen on coming here in the evening when it turns into a club apparently, so we came one lunchtime. It was amazing- never seen anything like it, you are encouraged to write on the walls. Wouldn’t pass UK health and safety with the rickety furniture 😂. The bar lady that served us was nice, and we sat in the half mini car downstairs, but afterwards had a walk around the different rooms. There was a little market going on when we were there too.
Written July 1, 2022
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Belle Y
19 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We knew we wanted to experience a ruin bar in Budapest and this seemed to be the most recommended one - we were very glad we went when we did (around 8/8:30pm) as we noticed a very long queue when we left! Put simply, if the Lost Boys from Peter Pan were to create a bar, this would be the result. It’s very trendy, perhaps hipster, but there’s a very cool vibe here. There are quite a few bars within to explore, we chose one selling mulled wine as we needed the warmth but we found a seat in the corner and people watched to our hearts content! It’s bustling and busy, full of youth and life so definitely visit if you love to be somewhere lively! We did hear some live music somewhere in the midst of all this, which was great too. Would absolutely return now we know what to expect.
Written November 15, 2021
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  • Sun - Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
  • Mon - Thu 12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
  • Sat - Sat 12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
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