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76 /100 DOHANY UTCA 20
“Visited for a couple of hours on the afternoon of Friday 08/06/18. Located over two floors with two different loft spaces up top, this venue carried a nice vibe and I liked the intimate loft spaces one of which our group of 15 or so filled up nicely. 10 taps and 50 to 60 bottles, largely HU craft and covering a good range of styles ... throw in the bottles and this venue had the best choice of beer I came across on my 7 venue visit to Budapest. Not so many other customers but a dozen or so youngish folk occupying the other loft space and a few tables downstairs. Service was friendly enough. Some of our group had fries covered in various sauces poutine stylee which looked good. Less than a 10 minute walk from Neked Csak. Well worth a visit.“
Theydon_Bois 3 days ago
100 /100 WESSELENYI STREET 13
“Best place in Budapest for beer fanatics!“
Jeronimusz 5 days ago
62 /100 ERKEL UTCA, 14
“Visited on the afternoon of Friday 8th June 2018. We were actually headed to another venue which was closed so jumped in here, added it to RB, and came out with half a dozen or so ticks. Basic back street bar with a decent sized room (may also have been a downstairs?). Beers were all from the Czech Primátor range, about half a dozen on tap and about the same in bottles.There were only a handful of other punters during our 5pm visit hence service was decent. No go to destination but if you're in the neighbourhood you may well pick up a few ticks here that you won't come across elsewhere in town.“
Theydon_Bois 7 days ago
76 /100 FOVAM SQUARE 11-12 / FŐVÁM TÉR 11-12
“Visited on a hot Friday evening, June 8th 2018, from approx 1830 to 2130. Great location served by trams on the banks of the Danube. Think of a party zone with decent beer. We were in a big group (not a stag I hasten to add) of 20 or so and we got one big table on the outdoor patio seating a good dozen or more of us. Bar or table service ... the former probably quicker in most cases but if you're not in a rush relax! Outside and inside bars are different ... outside was about 8 taps plus a few cans from First, inside was a more varied choice in terms of brewers. Inside was akin to a modern barn and rather dark but there was plenty of space compared to outside. Overall a good time bar ... ideal for large groups etc ... not a beer purists venue but I don't always travel with tickers so this provided a great middle ground and the atmosphere was really good.“
Theydon_Bois 7 days ago
58 /100
Kézműves Csemege (Beer Store)
RÁDAY U. 7
“Visited on the afternoon of Friday 8th June 2018. About 30 or so bottles avaialble here ... largely Hungarian micros, a few non HU stuff that was of no interest to me and some of what I suspect were larger regional HU brewers buying into the craft bandwagon. Service was ok. I expected more from the #1 rated bottle store in Budapest and if this hadn't been over the street from my hotel (Ibis centrum - highly recommended for cost, location and transport links), I'd have been pissed off making an effort to come out here for this amount of beers on offer. I didn't get to another bottle shop during my day in Budapest so have nothing to comapre with.“
Theydon_Bois 10 days ago
82 /100 RÁKÓCZI ÚT 29
“Visited just after opening on Friday June 8th 2018. About a 5 min walk from the nearest Metro station (red line) There were already half a dozen or more punters on our arrival. Long narrow room inside akin to a modern beer hall. Large patio area outside that probably seats 50 or so folks where we retired for some rates. 30 or so taps with 3 of their own beers ... quite trad stylewise (Dunkelweizen, lager and amber), 4 Wild Beer co from the UK then a 40/60 split between Polish and Hungarian micros. Good range of styles offered across the board and pours were 0.2 or 0.4L. Service was really good. I also had an excellent burger here, in brioche, soaking up its own gravy. An excellent place to kick off my pub crawl in Budapest.“
Theydon_Bois 10 days ago
74 /100 RÁKÓCZI ÚT 29
“One of the largest draught selections in town, with over 30. No flights, smallest pours are 0.2L, but staff are happy to give free samples. Lots of the draught was Polish stuff from Stu Mostow. Service is friendly, prices are a bit steep. Place itself is quite expansive and modern-feeling. Worth a stop.“
mcberko 13 days ago
50 /100 KOSSUTH LAJOS U. 20
“Very central and close to many other areas. Taplist was so-so, with only a few interesting things. No flights or small pours, so that is a detergent. Not one of my favourite places in town, but could be worth popping your head in to see what they have.“
mcberko 13 days ago
60 /100 DOHANY UTCA 20
“One of the better spots in town and very centrally located. 10 beers on draft, but the menu is written very poorly: without brewery names and staff don’t really know much, so it’s a pain to figure out what you’re ordering / drinking. Flights of 5 available for 1000 HUF, a bit steep for this country. Decent bottle selection of Hungarian locals as well. Comfortable place and good for some ticks. Worth a stop.“
mcberko 13 days ago
58 /100 WESSELENYI STREET 13
“Nice small place with a modern feel. Decent taplist, mostly non-Hungarian stuff. No small pours, everything in 0.33L pours, which isn’t cool - please provide some size options. At least they’ll do free samples. A few bottles as well that seemed decent. Friendly service. Worth a stop.“
mcberko 14 days ago
28 /100 KAZINCZY U. 20
“Not a very interesting place. They had a couple FIRST beers on tap and a couple other more generic ones. Busy and quite douchey in the evening. Don’t bother.“
mcberko 14 days ago
60 /100 AKÁCFA U. 38
“Almost directly adjacent to Hopaholic, this place had 10 taps that were soon Hungarian. Not the best list, but I found a new local IIPA that I was happy about. No flights, smallest pours is 0.2L for 450-700 HUF. Very friendly service. The place was completely dead between 8 and 11 on a Friday night, so I wonder how the business is doing. Not a top place, but if you’re next door, may as well pop in to see what they have.“
mcberko 14 days ago
84 /100 AKACFA U. 38.
“I think this gets my vote for best craft beer bar in Budapest. 10 amazingly well-curated taps with no fillers. Only 1 was Hungarian, but given the others were things like Brewdog Abstrakt 22 and 23, a Lervig imperial stout and a couple from Põhjala, this is forgiven. Lots of the beers were available in 0.1L pours. Bartenders are happy to give free samples. Extensive bottle list as well. Excellent place - mandatory stop.“
mcberko 14 days ago
66 /100 KERTÉSZ UTCA 33.
“Right across the street from Csak a Jó Sör and very much worth visiting. Solid taplist of mostly Hungarian beers and mostly hoppy stuff. No flights or small pours, just 0.2L and 0.4L pours. Staff are happy to give free samples and are very friendly and helpful. Place itself is kind of impersonal and is basically a burger joint. Prices are higher than other places. Worth a stop.“
mcberko 14 days ago
62 /100 KERTESZ UTCA 42.
“Very small taplist, but it’s a well-curated one. Just 2 of the 6 were Hungarian. No small pours, but the bartender did give samples. Had an incredible berliner on tap, and samples an armando_otchoa beer that wasn’t to my tastes. Good bottle selection too, mostly imports. I don’t get how this is the #1 rated bar in Budapest, but it’s certainly worth a stop.“
mcberko 14 days ago
66 /100 FOVAM SQUARE 11-12 / FŐVÁM TÉR 11-12
“Beautifully located right on the Danube, this place has a strange layout. There’s a big outside patio with FIRST beers on tap, then inside you have mostly Reketye beers. No flights or small pours, except for a couple beers that did come in 0.2L pours. Reasonable prices. One of the beers I sampled tasted like they hadn’t cleaned the lines; so I notified the staff, and, much to their integrity, they took the keg off and replaced it with something else, and comp’d me a can of beer of my choosing. Now that’s some grade A service. Fun place to chill out over a beer.“
mcberko 14 days ago
46 /100
Kézműves Csemege (Beer Store)
RÁDAY U. 7
“Very close to MONYO, so I decided to have a look. Tiny shop with a few dozen Hungarian locals, and maybe a few non-local beers. Service wasn’t engaging. Nothing special, but probably a good spot for Hungarian beers.“
mcberko 14 days ago
72 /100 MAGLODI UT 47.
“Fairly centrally located and a pretty cool place on a very main road. 10 taps, 6 being house taps. 0.2L and 0.4L pours available; the bartender is happy to give samples and is very friendly. Prices were reasonable. House beer quality ranges from solid to not great. Big bottle list too that I didn’t indulge, but it had some of the better rated MONYO beers. Recommended visit.“
mcberko 14 days ago
74 /100 DOB UTCA 3
“Cool place in the central hubbub of Pest. 20 taps, 14 of which were flowing and 8 of which were house beers. Beers were available in 0.1L pours, which was hugely appreciated and good for ticking of course. Very chill and friendly service. Super reasonable prices. House beer quality ranged from solid to bad. Worth a stop for sure.“
mcberko 14 days ago
36 /100
Pater Marcus (Restaurant)
APOR PÉTER UTCA 1
“Very close to Buda castle and not a bad stop if you’re looking for a Belgian beer, but you won’t find any Hungarian beer here. A few unique beers on tap made specially by Van Steenburge for the place, so it may be worth a quick stop for those. A bit pricey and they tacked on a 5% surcharge to the bill without stipulating it - not cool. Not recommended.“
mcberko 14 days ago
28 /100
Belga Sörök Háza (Beer Store)
HALASZ U. 2.
“Just down the street from the Belgian beer bar, this shop has a pretty generic Belgian beer selection. Nothing interesting or rare, with almost no lambics. No point coming here.“
mcberko 14 days ago
36 /100 BEM RAKPART 12.
“Very close to Buda castle, this is not a bad place to get some pretty generic Belgian beers on tap, and somewhat more interesting bottles. But for Hungarian beer, you’re out of luck. Not a very interesting place - I don’t know why this is rated so high. Wouldn’t recommend it.“
mcberko 14 days ago
78 /100 KAZINCZY U. 20
“Good spot, friendly service. Good bottle selection“
borre_m 14 days ago
70 /100 HOLLÓ UTCA 12-14. (GOZSDU UDVAR)
“Centrally located and close to many other bars, this place had 4 Csuhar beers on tap when I visited - available in 0.2L, 0.3L and 0.5L pours. Prices maybe a tad high, but the beers were very good quality, especially the RIS. One of the managers was there and gifted us a couple of free bottles to go - super nice of him. Cash only, which can be annoying, since the closest ATMs all charge exorbitant withdrawal fees. Definitely worth a visit.“
mcberko 15 days ago
64 /100 IZABELLA U. 37.
“Old-style feel, down the stairs and smelling a bit antique-like. 10 taps, 7 of which had something pouring. They had a tap takeover from a Portuguese brewery when I visited, so not much local beer available. Generally, 0.25L is the smallest pours they do, but the bartender was kind enough to do 0.1L pours for me. Pleasant place.“
mcberko 15 days ago
72 /100 HUNYADI TÉR 11.
“Cool spot downstairs, with an old-style, intimate feel to the place. 10 taps, with 0.2L pours available - all prices are under $2 for that size. The bartender was extremely friendly and offered help on all the beers. Some good bottles as well. Definitely worth a stop.“
mcberko 15 days ago
76 /100 RÁKÓCZI ÚT 29
“The outdoor area is a very enjoyable in the evening. There is a good verity of local beers on tap, in 200ml and 400ml sizes. The food is also nice.“
rayaron 17 days ago
62 /100 ERZSEBET KRT 30.
“Medium-sized bar in a lively neighbourhood. Looks modern and minimalistic, apart from some chairs outside it only has long high tables with stools. Out of the maybe 20 taps, a few are occupied by Leffe et al., half of them are not in use and the rest is Hungarian micros of which the brewery name is for whatever reason not always displayed. Beers can be ordered in 0.2 l and the prices are generally okay, a bit higher than elsewhere though. Loud house and black music was played during my visit on a Sunday afternoon, quieter than in the evening but still very unusual for such a beer bar, I must, however, admit I didn't dislike it at all at that time. Staff behind the bar was very friendly and quick, nothing to complain about. Not sure I would come back with so many better choices in the area though.“
Zlotta 25 days ago
64 /100 BARTÓK BÉLA ÚT 59
“Another shop with a growler station and a fridge, also open on Sundays by the way. Overall maybe 30 different beers available, more or less all of them Hungarian micros. Prices are decent, staff is friendly. Nothing I would go out of my way for but maybe worth a visit if you happen to around.“
Zlotta 25 days ago
48 /100
The British Store (Grocery Store)
TÁTRA STR. 36
“Extremely small store for British food and other stuff, looks a little messy. About thirty bottles maybe, most of them classic English Ales but there are some beers from BrewDog etc. available as well. Beers are stored on shelves and I guess some of them may sit there for a long time. Prices are relatively high, and I bought a box of crackers instead of beer which says it all. Okay if you're desperate to find beers from the mentioned category while in Budapest, but hardly worth a visit.“
Zlotta 25 days ago
66 /100
Beers & Books (Beer Store)
PANNÓNIA UTCA 46/B
“Small store which is divided into a book and a beer store, pretty rare concept. Most of the beers are stored on shelves but there is a small fridge as well. The selection ranges from Hungarian micros to German standards, Belgians macros and a few international craft beers. Good variation, not overly exciting though. Staff was friendly but very quiet, prices are decent. Interesting.“
Zlotta 25 days ago
70 /100 HEGEDűS GYULA UTCA 32
“Small bottle shop with a few shelves and one fridge for beer. Selection is heavily on classic Czech Lagers and Belgian Ales, accompanied by some German macros and fortunately Hungarian as well as international micros. Overall not overly interesting, especially for people coming from abroad, but, however, I managed to find a handful of Polotmavýs, and I was very happy about that. Staff is friendly and discreet, prices are okay. Worth a stop if in the area.“
Zlotta 25 days ago
66 /100
Gogol Csapház (Beer Store)
GOGOL UTCA 40.
“Very small beer shop with a growler station and maybe a dozen taps, more or less all of them Hungarian micros. About a dozen bottles from a fridge are available as well, all for decent prices. Staff was talkative and friendly. Overall an interesting option if you happen to be in the area, otherwise not worth a detour.“
Zlotta 25 days ago
76 /100 DOB UTCA 3
“Medium-sized bar located in a vibrant area. Fancy, modern, slightly industrial design with the beers written on a large chalk board behind the counter. About 20 taps with beers from FIRST and To Øl (because of a tap takeover) for reasonable prices, served in 0.2 l even if 0.1 l was offered as well I believe. Wasn't overly impressed by the quality of their own beers, but the lively atmosphere and the amount of choice made the visit worthwhile.“
Zlotta 25 days ago
78 /100
Kuzin Bar (Bar)
DOHÁNY UTCA 7
“Small bar located on a main road with so many other places in the area to visit. Modern interior and feel with large opened windows for natural air condition. Not much to say about the selection as there was a tap takeover by Garden from Croatia that evening. Flights of four beers with about 0.15 l pours are available for a reasonable price. Staff was friendly and talkative and offered small samples even before serving the flight. Nice place for a short stop at least.“
Zlotta 25 days ago
78 /100 DOHANY UTCA 20
“Smallish bar stretched over two floors in a vibrant neighbourhood. Somewhat narrow, probably due to the fact that it was pretty crowded on a Friday evening. Atmosphere was lively and relaxed. Solid tap list with a focus on Hungarian micros, and a large bottle list full of Hungarian goodies for good prices. Self-service, staff behind the bar was quick and friendly. Good place for hunting Hungarian micros.“
Zlotta 25 days ago
70 /100 RÁKÓCZI ÚT 29
“Large bar located in an area with many other places which are worth a visit. Pretty modern and minimalistic with a patio and a small second floor. Large tap list with three house beers, Hungarian micros and a wide range of Amager and Wild Beer brews during my visit. Beers can be ordered in 0.2 l. Apart from the house beers which are rather cheap, the prices are relatively high for Budapest. Despite not being completely crowded and having a large staff (who were taking several breaks regularly), it took quite a while before I could order, and also paying the bill took about ten minutes. Other than that, the staff was friendly, the beers were in good condition and the atmosphere was good. Apart from minus points for the service, this is a recommended stop.“
Zlotta 25 days ago
66 /100 RÁKÓCZI ÚT 11.
“Smallish place on the main drag just past Neked. Large serving bar and a few restaurant tables. Very friendly staff. Eight or so Czech beers on offer, tasty and cheap, including one polotmavy. Interesting overtly sexist beer ads on the wall from Postrizinske brewery, I was hoping those were getting less common but maybe not. I should return for the food, but not the ads“
Travlr 26 days ago
42 /100
Spar Károly körút (Grocery Store)
BUDAPEST, KAROLY KRT. 22, 1052
“They apparently have added a few more local and international beers recently, but not enough to make a visit worthwhile.“
Travlr 26 days ago
30 /100 MÁRTÍROK ÚTJA 281.
“Larger store but a lower beer selection even than Aldi, I would not have thought it possible. Prices on a par with Aldi and Spar. Oh well.“
Travlr 26 days ago
38 /100
Aldi (Budapest) (Grocery Store)
VARIOUS LOCATIONS
“Selection here was worse than in Spar and not quite as well organized. Prices were similar.“
Travlr 26 days ago
42 /100
Interspar (Grocery Store)
VARIOUS LOCATIONS
“Visited a big one and a small one, both in or near the Jewish quarter. Essentially the same Hungarian selection at both, with a few extra foreign beers at the larger stores. Not enough of either to make a visit worthwhile.“
Travlr 26 days ago
32 /100 BP. VII. KAZINCZY U. 14.
“Huge place, multiple bars inside and outside on multiple levels in various nooks and crannies. Very photogenic, as evidenced by the throng of tourists wandering around taking pictures. No interesting beer on offer and no craft beer at all, but you can do shots of palinka with the other teenagers. Staff are indifferent and dislike returning your change, so give them exact change or tip them involuntarily. Since the only appeal of this place is visual, just wander in and take some pictures like everyone else.“
Travlr 26 days ago
48 /100 ERZSEBET KRT 30.
“You must choose between ultra loud thump thump music inside or cigarette smoke outside. you will be happy to know, however, that he music is pumped into the restrooms at even higher volume where it echoes off the tile walls. Just one house beer, a decent enough APA. Nine of the 20 taps were empty, no brewery names on the rest. At least they offer 0.2l pours. The beers are not cheap, though, by Hungarian standards, about 40-50% more than other places I visited. They have food, but the bartender is the cook so expect delays. Wifi non-functional. Death spiral?“
Travlr 26 days ago