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Budapest Ruin Bar Walk

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Of the many things that give Budapest its unique flavour, the ruin bars are one of our favourites. They make night-life in Budapest exciting, colourful (literally), and always unexpected. The ruin bar phenomenon began in Budapest in the early 2000s, concentrated in the seventh district, and has been evolving ever since. What is a ruin bar? Join us to find out, and to explore this special aspect of Budapest’s night-life scene. Learn (over a few drinks), the history that led to the development of these bars, the cultural and artistic significance of them, how they have influenced the city’s entire night-life/drinking scene, and how they have impacted the neighbourhood.
  • Discover Budapest’s ruin bars on a walking tour
  • Visit up to five top bars and learn about the ruin bar trend
  • Enjoy the arty vibe and decor, plus a drink and snacks at up to five bars
  • Upgrade for a small-group or a private tour with hotel transfers
What to Expect
Meet your guide in central Budapest or one of the area’s hotels if you’ve booked a private option. Next, head to the old Jewish Quarter to visit some of its popular ruin bars. Located in disused pre-war buildings, shops, and courtyards, these edgy hangouts are key to Budapest’s nightlife, and you’ll hear from your guide about about their role in the revitalization of neglected areas. You’ll soak up each bar’s atmosphere, and enjoy a drink and light bar food in up to five of them as you chat to your guide. You’ll visit semi-derelict warehouses and battered lots decorated with vintage furniture, and get tips from your guide about what to drink and what other bars to visit later. Your tour finishes in the area or, if you’ve upgraded to a private tour, with hotel drop-off.
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Departure Point
Budapest, Madách Imre tér, 1075 Hungary
Departure Time
6:00 PM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Jewish Quarter
  • Gratuities
  • Extra food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • 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 wight 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
  • Dietary Requirements: We try our very best to cater for dietary requirements but due to local food customs we cannot guarantee that this will be possible in all cases. Options for vegetarians, guests with allergies and religious dietary restrictions may be very limited
  • 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
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our arrival to Budapest was originally delayed by 2 hours. Since we were the only people on that tour the staff worked with us to start an hour later. Our arrival was further delayed and we had to cancel that night. The staff attempted to...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was a great guide, and we had really fun with other people from other countries. Noe free shot at evry place, and i cool nightclub at the end

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great tour with Lilla. She has so much information and history to share during our tour. We would have never found the 4 places she introduced us to and each was so different and unique. She even spent time introducing us to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank codon5
Reviewed 11 June 2019

Although we didn't book a private tour, it turned out to be just my daughter and I and Lilla, our tour guide. We went to Szimpla, of course, but Lilla also took us to several of the bars that locals frequent. She not only knew...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank V7994TJjeffs
Reviewed 5 May 2019

We took a Private Tour (2-7 guests). It turned out that my wife and I had the tour guide to ourselves. She was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The tour included local drinks at the various bars. The bars were very festive and lit up in...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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22 May 2018|
Response from Amy K | Reviewed this property |
It is plenty of food for your dinner. Do not eat beforehand. You would never know how to find these places and all the insider ways without the tour. Really, it’s a great time.
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