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Budapest Ruin Bar Walk

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Experience the best of Budapest’s vibrant nightlife scene with a small-group 'ruin bar' walking tour. Follow a guide through Budapest’s historic Jewish quarter and visit ruin bars among the disused warehouses and decaying factories. Enjoy drinks at the diverse bars along the way, and learn of the role they play in Budapest’s artistic and cultural offerings. Upgrade to a private tour for an evening pickup at your Budapest hotel, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour — limited to eight people.
  • Explore Budapest’s Jewish quarter — home to the city’s buzzing ruin bars — with a guide
  • Visit as many as five different venues and experience a unique night on the town
  • Learn of the artistic and cultural roles the bars are playing in gentrifying Budapest
  • Upgrade to a private tour to include pickup at your Budapest hotel
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English-speaking local guide who is specialized in food and drinks
Tour includes visits to several ruin bars
Many stops for photos, questions and the occasional shopping
Alcoholic Beverages
Extra food and drinks
Madách Imre tér , Budapest, Madách Imre tér, Hungary

Meet by the statue of Sisi. Your guide will be holding a Taste Hungary tote bag.

6:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide in central Budapest, or upgrade to a private tour and enjoy an evening pickup at your centrally located Budapest hotel. Then, head into the historic Jewish quarter — where crumbling, pre-war buildings house the city’s vibrant ruin bars among the battered bricks and graffiti.

During your walking tour, visit up to five local bars where vintage bathtubs and abandoned cars provide the setting for an unforgettable night on the town. Visit old cellars and once-derelict warehouses, and enjoy drinks and snacks in up to five of them.

As you explore with your guide, learn of the role the ruin bars play in gentrifying otherwise forgotten corners of Budapest. Gain insight into their artistic, cultural, and gastronomic influence, and learn how the bars became so popular.
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Taste Hungary
Deep inside the dense history-filled Jewish quarter, and hidden within crumbling, pre-war buildings with battered bricks and graffiti, are some of Budapest’s most popular hangouts. From the outside they may look like squatters blocks, but inside are the ruin bars—filled with unexpected layers of detail—which have become Budapest’s own brand of local cool. Abandoned buildings, old cellars and derelict spaces have been transformed into dozens of these wildly decked-out bars—think old bathtubs and broken-down cars turned into seating, ladies walking around selling carrots, and all manner of nostalgia stuffed into every nook. Some have been around for more than a decade, while others disappear just as quickly as they pop up. They are not simply places to get a drink. Over the past decade, ruin bars have introduced a new wave of entertainment in Budapest and expanded beyond simply serving booze into cultural, artistic, and sometimes, gastronomic hotspots. Concentrated in the seventh district, they are at the edge of where the mainstream meets the contemporary underground art scene, and their success has been a catalyst for gentrification in this quarter. As the neighbourhood continues to change, however, ruin pubs may be forced to change along with it. Join our tour to experience a handful of ruin bars in different styles. We’ll look at many of them, and stop for drinks at four or five places. We’ll discuss what was happening in Budapest in the early part of this century to encourage these types of bars to proliferate, and why they continue to thrive. How have they changed the fabric of the neighbourhood, and how are they still evolving? Join us to find out! Learn—Learn about what propelled the development of the ruin bars, and how things have changed in Budapest since then. We’ll delve even deeper into the history of the seventh district, and look back at what happened during World War Two to change the fabric of this neighbourhood, which is now known as ruin bar central. We’ll also talk about the drinks, and discuss Hungarian wine, spirits, and beer. Experience—Be guided through the seventh district’s ruin bars, and experience the phenomenon from a local perspective. We’ll take you to a range of places which have different styles, and attract different types of crowds. Taste—Drink like a local out for a night on the town! You’ll have four or five drinks, which could range from local wine or fröccs (spritzer), to beer or spirits (such as the local favourites, Unicum and pálinka). Walk— We will be getting from bar to bar on foot, so be prepared for a bit walking. However, the places are fairly close to each other and most of the tour will be spent at the bars (where we can sit)!
Stop At:  
Jewish Quarter
Discover the Jewish Quarter while getting familiar with the Ruin Bar culture
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Three-hour tour, generally from 6pm-9pm (unless otherwise requested)
  • This is a small group tour (which means minimum of two guests and maximum of eight guests)
  • For larger groups please choose the "Group Tour (min. 8 pers.)" option when booking
  • If you would rather have a private tour (which can be customized), please choose the "Private Tour" option when booking
  • We will be getting from bar to bar on foot, so be prepared for some walking, even though most of the tour will be spent at the bars
  • Drinking age is 18 in Hungary
  • Minimum numbers of 2 apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Taste Hungary
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Budapest Ruin Bar Walk?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Budapest Ruin Bar Walk?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Budapest Ruin Bar Walk.
What is the social distancing policy during Budapest Ruin Bar Walk?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Budapest Ruin Bar Walk?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Great private tour
, Dec 2019
We were the only couple on the tour and David did a great job showing us the ruin bars and pointing out places to eat and drink afterwards
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you for your nice review. We are glad you got to experience this very unique scene of our city with David! Evi Faiola Reservation Manager
This was an interesting experience...
, Jul 2018
This was an interesting experience and the Ruin Bars are quite amazing. I didn't love the drinks that were offered as complementary at a couple of the places on this tour, but regardless we enjoyed this!
Didn't really know what to expect...
, Jun 2018
Didn't really know what to expect but it wasn't what I imagined. Some reviews said go hungry but we only ate at one bar and it was 2 small tacos. Definitely not filling enough. There was only one other person on the tour so lacking in the fun factor also.
Really enjoyed this trip. A fabulous...
Colette G
, Apr 2018
Really enjoyed this trip. A fabulous way to see and learn about the city. Our tour guide Daniel was very knowledgable and made this tour extremely interesting.
This was a fun addition to my trip...
Bethany N
, Mar 2018
This was a fun addition to my trip to Budapest. Our guide, Ferenc, was great. He shared a lot of information about the Jewish district as went along. There is so much history behind the district where the Ruin Bars are, which makes this experience a unique one in that you are learning a bit about the history while going from bar to bar. I would highly recommend this tour!
I did not get to go on this tour, my...
, Dec 2017
I did not get to go on this tour, my plane was delayed I tried to call the tour people to let them know I was stuck in Finland and could not make the tour, the first time I got thru they hung up on me the second time I got their answering machine, the third try I spoke to a man who told me I might be able to take the tour the next day and that they would call me back shortly. I also emailed them thru their outnumbered web address that was provided on my receipt. I called them again later that day to confirm but no one answered, nor did they return any of my calls. So I got stuck in an airport due to weather, then got no response from the tour people After they said they would call me back and I was out the money I prepaid for 2 people.
Friendly, fun, knowledgeable, flexible...
, Oct 2017
Friendly, fun, knowledgeable, flexible tour guide!
If you enjoy seeing the nightlife of...
, Oct 2017
If you enjoy seeing the nightlife of the city, meet new friends, and throw back some palinka, this is ideal. I can't say more positive things about this tour or the tour guide, Ferenc. I'd post some pictures, but I was having too much fun. I'll have my wife post a few on Twitter. Ferenc partied with us through the ruin bars and stayed out with us after the tour ended. Crazy fun. Met some amazing people from Australia on the tour. Hard to select a favorite bar, but Pharma was excellent... they make you a customized cocktail. How could you want anything more. Fantastic tour.
This is a brilliant tour Thomas was...
, Oct 2017
This is a brilliant tour Thomas was fantastic lots of fun we were a group of 12, he got just the right combination of history and alcohol. Definitely 5 for us
Way better than just bar food. Don't...
Linda S
, Oct 2017
Way better than just bar food. Don't eat beforehand. Guide was superknowledgeable!

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