Budapest’s 5 best cocktails bars: From time-travelling speakeasies to luxurious lounges, explore our top picks for a special night out in this enchanting city.
Budapest is a city of old-world glamour and mystery. An evening stroll along the golden-lit Danube River at night is a moment of pure, old-fashioned romance. But the city’s allure doesn’t end there. Tucked away within its wild party streets are the elusive cocktail bars —Budapest’s hidden gems. From decadent, art-deco lounges, to moody speakeasies and starlit rooftop bars, each bar is a window to a bygone era of charm and elegance. So, shine up those shoes or throw on that little black dress and let’s get ready for a classy night out at the 5 best cocktail bars in Budapest.
Look carefully or you just might miss this inconspicuous speakeasy. You won’t find a sign above the door – three pale swans are your only guides to the Black Swan. Step inside through plush red velvet curtains and take your seat at a candle-lit table. Darkness surrounds. Suddenly it’s 1920 and you’re feeling like the bee’s knees. “Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don’t be stingy, baby.” But these aren’t your average cocktails, doll — every drink on the menu is a work of art, complete with its own backstory.
Black Swan is a truly luxurious, time-travelling cocktail experience for the adventurous. Fair warning though for those with poor eyesight or shallow wallets. Reading the menu isn’t easy by candlelight and the fabulous monthly specials are 3000 Hungarian Ft or just under $10.
Click here for our detailed article about Black Swan Cocktails Bar.
Reserve your velvet seat at https://blackswanbar.hu
thursday 18:00 – 02:00
friday 18:00 – 02:00
saturday 18:00 – 02:00
sunday 18:00 – 00:00
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With custom-made cocktails and a no-nonsense vibe, Warmup is for the casual cocktail connoisseur. You won’t find uppity décor or suspenders and bowties here — or a standard menu. Simply find your seat and one of the friendly mixologists will ask you a few questions about your tastes. Sweet or sour? Fruity or dry? Vodka, rum or gin? Before you can say ‘please’, he’ll whip up the best cocktail you’ve ever had – leaving you plenty of stress-free time for chatting up your date.
While this relaxed approach makes ordering a breeze, it can get costly. Prepare to pay at least $9 a drink (2800 Hungarian Forints). You’ll also have to book ahead to get a table in this small bar.
Book a chic evening with friends at https://warmupbudapest.hu/
wednesday 19:00 – 01:00
thursday 19:00 – 18:00
friday 18:00 – 03:00
saturday 18:00 – 03:00
sunday 19:00 – 01:00
As the first of its kind in the city, Boutiq’Bar is the most famous on our list of the best cocktail bars in Budapest — and it knows how to serve a drink with style. Lush red chairs and opulent gold lamps set the scene for a theatrical performance. Order the Space Zombie to receive an alien drink as blue as Neptune, or the smoky Budapest BBQ to share a fiery marshmallow with your favorite Barbie girl. Boutiq’Bar offers a magical movie experience — you’ll love watching neighboring tables receive their drinks while snacking on a free bag of popcorn!
While the drinks are inventive, come ready to pay the old-fashioned way with cold hard cash. Cards aren’t accepted. Booking a table is also a must at this popular joint in Budapest.
Save your seat for the show at http://www.boutiqbar.com
friday 18:00 – 01:00
saturday 18:00 – 02:00
mo tu we su closed.
Whether you’re stumbling through a pub crawl or looking for a quick, classy stop in the 7th district, Bar Pharma is the place to be in the heart of Budapest’s party streets. This sleek and modern bar dressed in shiny chrome instantly feels exclusive — there’s just enough room for you and about eight of your friends. Hop on the barstool and enjoy a refreshing classic gin and tonic…or something a bit more special, like the cherry-licious Ugly Duckling. Whatever you choose, you’ll love the vintage medicinal bottles and the friendly bar staff.
This cozy bar fills up fast so be sure to book ahead or arrive early in the evening. Get your hangover cure at https://www.facebook.com/barPharma/
To visit the last of our top 5 cocktail bars in Budapest, we have to climb. This city is best viewed from a great height – it’s the only way to see the curve of the Danube River, the rolling hills of Buda or the towering dome of Parliament. So, act like a bird and fly up to High Note Sky Bar in Budapest’s swanky 5th district. Watch the sunset with a cool mimosa in hand or enjoy a mighty Drink of Destiny in the golden glow of St. Stephen’s Basilica.
Popular with both locals and visiting celebrities, it fills up quickly on breezy summer nights. Be sure to book a table and plan for an expensive tab — trust us though, it’s all worth it for the panoramic views. Soar to new heights at https://highnoteskybar.hu or, if you like the height, check out a few more places we’ve already covered in our article about rooftop bars.
tuesday 16:00 – 00:00
wednesday 16:00 – 00:00
thursday 16:00 – 00:00
friday 14:00 – 00:00
saturday 14:00 – 00:00
sunday 14:00 – 00:00
If you know where to look, the incredible cocktails bars of Budapest will make your time in this city all the more magical. And when the drinks kick in or you’re ready for something a little less classy, dive into our Ultimate guide to Budapest nightlife for tips on dark and dirty ruin pubs, dance clubs and underground bars to get the party started.
- Are there any good cocktail bars in Budapest?
- Budapest has a great selection of cocktail bars. Whether you’re looking for a cool, minimalist milieu, or that luxurious VIP-feeling, you’ll find the one that suits you most.
- What are the best cocktail bars in Budapest?
- There are a number of cocktail bars in Budapest that could be titled the city’s best. The competition is strong, but among the most popular choices are Black Swan, Boutiq Bar, and High Note – which also happens to be a sky bar.