Budapest Ruin Bars for Summer Drinks

Pubs and bars are very popular in Budapest, not only with tourists but with the locals too. The outdoor bars and pubs thrives in the summer months. Budapest ruin bars burst from their winter slumber as temporary outdoor bars and pubs also open.

These bohemian-style hotspots with a festive ambiance have different names to different people but quite often feature the word “kert” (or garden) in their name giving you an idea of what to expect.

The ruin pubs or ruin bars or kerts usually have large open air terraces, where smoking is allowed. The terraces are often either enclosed within their building or are located in some of the city’s magnificent parks or térs. Not only do they offer some of the best Hungarian and International beers, during the day the pubs are family-friendly and offer reasonably priced food. Come sundown the bars are transformed into bohemian gathering spots with the latest summer songs playing until well after a sensible to be returning to your accommodation in Budapest.

Recommended Budapest Ruin Bars for Summer Drinks

Here are some recommendations for the best Budapest ruin bars and kert bars to enjoy a cool drink on a patio on a hot summer’s night or a respite from the Hungarian summer sun and some reasonably priced food in the day.


This is one of the newer outdoor gastro pubs in the city but already established with a great name in Budapest. Ötkert has a large terrace that is perfect for chilling out and drinking. Ötkert plays host to a number of great DJs and live bands throughout the summer and it has an open-air dance floor.


In the day time, this lovely city park oasis is a family friendly spot filled with little kids, people on bicycles and dogs where you can sit and sip lemonade and enjoy the sunshine. When the sun goes down, it is transformed into a truly cool and atmospheric pub that features live music performances under the stars.


Located on Margaret Island (Margaret Sziget) – and unfortunately temporarily closed due to the recent floods in Budapest – this restaurant, bar and art gallery has a great outdoor patio that comes alive after dark with a young and vibrant crowd. There will be plenty of dancing in the open air terrace to the great tunes. One of the most popular nights at Huldudvar is Friday, “Jazz Night” when you can sit back and sip cocktails while listening to the groovy sounds of jazz musicians.

Szimpla Kert

This is one of the oldest and most well-known Budapest ruin bars and you could get lost wandering through the many rooms and corridors of this old abandoned building. Within the crumbling maze of walls covered in graffiti, you will find quirky retro décor and plenty of laid back places to relax. The wow-inspiring atmosphere of this grungy and cool pub will make it evident why Lonely Planet named it the third coolest bar in the world.


Another quirky ruin bar in Budapest, Instant is one of the youngest in the city. It has a large dance floor and several rooms upstairs where you can hide away and chat with friends while sitting on quirky antique furniture and old sewing machine tables. Instant is also an art gallery and it serves food as well.


This interesting ruin bar is located on the top of the Corvin Plaza shopping centre in Budapest and it is one of the hottest venues of the Budapest underground music scene. It hosts a great range of music, from reggae to jazz. The views from the rooftop over Budapest are excellent for setting a chilled-out scene.

These are just a few of the coolest bars in Budapest for enjoying a drink on a terrace. What better way to relax when the weather in Budapest is warm?

You may also be interested in reading about the best bars near St Stephen’s Basilica.

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