Paper marks in For sale pub Budapest.
Some of the many pieces of paper left on the walls of For Sale Pub

For Sale pub Budapest Hungary – the review of a very special restaurant in the inner city with photo

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For Sale pub Budapest – a bar that is unique of its kind, perhaps unrivaled in the world. In this article we have explored this special place.

Every tourist loves unique and awesome places like For sale pub in Budapest. You will surely remember this bar for its interior design. Its main feature, giving it a Western vibe, is the plethora of notes left by visiting tourists, writing messages for future visitors. What also makes this pub special is the live music you can hear in the evenings. Instead of the name pub for sale Budapest, names like “Message Haven,” “Sea of Paper,” or even “Little Elephant” might suit it better. Let’s delve into these name choices in more detail!

Front entrace of For sale pub Budapest
Front entrance of For Sale Pub
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Sea of Paper, aka For Sale pub Budapest, where the wall and the ceiling are not visible ‘cos of the notes

Upon entering the pub for sale, what stands out the most is the sheer amount of paper scraps covering the place. Visitors write, draw, and leave messages on these little papers, leaving a mark for other guests. It’s as if the tourists visiting have shaped the pub’s interior design in Budapest.

These notes are often in the tourists’ native languages, offering greetings, drawings, and thoughts about the place. It’s advisable to date these messages, place them prominently, and most importantly, take a photo as a pleasant memory, especially if visiting with friends. Looking back on these memories collected in good company can be quite rewarding. It’s another question who reads all these messages, as many are placed high up, even on the ceiling. How the pub for sale in Budapest’s owner manages these messages, whether they’re moved around, is unclear. Likely, none of the messages end up in the trash. When I was looking at the messages, I mostly noted the dates, the nationalities, the drawings, and the signatures. And, of course, I felt envious of the great groups that had been here.

View of the bar area in the For Sale Pub covered with paper notes and flyers left behind by customers
View of the bar area in the For Sale Pub covered with paper notes and flyers left behind by customers
Tons of paper messages in Pub for sale
Tons of paper messages in Pub for sale

If a secret agent left messages here, it’s likely that no one would notice.

Enjoy some quirky reading material at the For Sale Pub 

If you don’t have anything to advertise, then don’t worry, you can just enjoy everyone else’s notes. Customers don’t just leave notes advertising things they want to get rid of, but rather you can see it as a unique chronicle of its clientele over the years. 

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Western Bar, or Pub for Sale Budapest?

Western style floor at Pub for sale
Western style Pub for sale


Its exterior and first impression evoke a Western atmosphere. However, the iconic swinging doors from Western movies, the floor, and the straw on the floor could all be props from an old Western film. A few steps further in, you leave the Western feel behind, confronted by a sea of paper and a mix of retro styles.

Elephant pub, or Pub for Sale Budapest?

After the Western vibe and the sea of paper, the most striking feature is the abundance of peanuts. “Abundance” might not even be the right word; the bar is filled with peanuts, not just on every table but also in huge barrels on the floor. These peanuts are of the shell-on type, and after the guests shell them, the husks fall to the floor among the straw.

Peanuts shells are on the floor in Pub for sale
Peanuts shells are on the floor in Pub for sale

To me, all these peanuts suggested it was like a little elephant’s playroom, where it could snack on peanuts whenever it got hungry. The purpose of these peanuts might be unclear, but they definitely add to the uniqueness of the pub for sale in Budapest. Maybe it’s a way to appease guests if they have to wait for a table or if the food takes longer to prepare than expected. Or perhaps it’s just a marketing trick to make people drink more beer or soda after eating the peanuts.

Peanuts are everywhere in Pub for sale
Peanuts are everywhere in Pub for sale
Peanuts are everywhere in Pub for sale Budapest
Peanuts are everywhere in Pub for sale

Free Tables at the pub – food and ambience

I recommend every visiting tourist reserve a table. The bar is very popular, so people often wait at the door for a free table. When I visited, there was no reception at the door, so you can just go in and look around. You need to indicate at the bar how many people are in your group and what kind of table you’d like, then they’ll call you by name. Naturally, tables are given out in the order of arrival. The bar spans two levels, with a bar counter right next to the entrance and mostly smaller tables on the ground floor, as well as space for larger groups in the back corner. Upstairs, there are tables for 4-6 people. Once you get a table, you can order food and drinks. Remember that the food might take a while, so it’s probably not a good idea to arrive starving. If you’re just there for a drink, you can also have it at the bar.

Tables on second floor in pub for sale
Tables on second floor
Small Round table with messages in Pub for sale
Small Round table in Pub for sale
Small Round table in Pub for sale
Small Round table in Pub for sale

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Visitor info: Pub for Sale Budapest Menu with prices

Regarding prices, the food is about 50% more expensive than in similar category restaurants.

Dish Price (€)
FOR SALE ROASTED DUCK LIVER 44 €
FATTENED DUCK LIVER with duck fat, vegetables and bread 44 €
ROAST PORK KNUCKLE with mustard, horseradish, purple coleslaw, steak potatoes and bread 40 €
1 KG ROAST RIBS with mustard, horseradish, purple coleslaw, steak potatoes and bread 52 €
FOR SALE SIRLOIN STEW WITH DUCK LIVER 29 €

*As Roast pork knuckle and Roast ribs made in 20 minutes, you get one free optional mug of beer!

Pub for sale menu in western style
Pub for sale menu in western style

SOUPS (1l) for 2 people:

  1. Hungarian goulash soup (made with beef leg) – 19 EUR
  2. Bean soup with noodles in ‘Jókai” style (with pork meat) – 19 EUR
  3. Bean goulash (made with beef leg) – 19 EUR

MAIN DISHES:

  • 4pcs (half slice) bread/person – 2 EUR
  • Mozzarella fried in breadcrumbs with rice and cranberry jam or tartar sauce – 17 EUR
  • Smoked mozzarella fried in breadcrumbs with rice and cranberry jam or tartar sauce – 17 EUR
  • Camambert cheese fried in breadcrumbs with rice and cranberry jam – 17 EUR
  • Cheese Trappist fried in breadcrumbs with rice and tartar sauce – 17 EUR
  • Emmenthaler cheese fried in breadcrumbs with rice and tartar sauce – 17 EUR
  • Five kinds of cheese fried in breadcrumbs with rice and green peas and tartar sauce (camambert, Emmenthaler, mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, Trappist) – 18 EUR
  • Pancake in “Hortobágy” style (made with chicken) – 18 EUR
  • Cauliflower fried in breadcrumbs with French fries and tartar sauce – 15 EUR
  • Broccoli fried in breadcrumbs with rice and tartar sauce – 15 EUR

RIBS:

  1. Zucchini fried in breadcrumbs with rice and tartar sauce – 15 EUR
  2. Mixed vegetables fried in breadcrumbs with rice, French fries, and tartar sauce – 21 EUR
  3. Beefsteak in “Tatar” style (20dkg) – 26 EUR
  4. Pork medallion with creamy mushroom sauce with croquettes – 21 EUR
  5. Chicken leg with cream and mushroom sauce, rice and croquettes – 18 EUR
  6. Pork medallions fried in breadcrumbs with rice – 21 EUR
  7. Mix For Sale (liver, tenderloin, pork loin, medallion, ribs) – 42 EUR
  8. Pork tenderloin in “Parisian” style with rice and green peas – 21 EUR
  9. Grilled pork medallion with letcho potatoes – 21 EUR
  10. Grilled chicken leg with letcho potatoes – 19 EUR
  11. Chicken breast fried in breadcrumbs with french fries – 19 EUR
  12. Chicken leg fried in breadcrumbs with parsley potatoes – 19 EUR
  13. Chicken breast roasted with garlic, with mashed potatoes – 19 EUR
  14. Roasted chicken leg with garlic, with parsley potatoes – 19 EUR
  15. Roasted chicken leg with parsley potatoes – 19 EUR
  16. Roasted chicken leg with mixed fresh salad – 19 EUR
  17. Roasted chicken leg with oregano and mixed fresh salad – 19 EUR
  18. Pullet breast roasted in oregano, with mixed fresh salad – 19 EUR
  19. Pullet breast in “Parisian” style with cheese sauce and mashed potatoes – 18 EUR

The menu lists full portion prices, with ladies and children’s portions at 75% of the listed price. The bill is topped up with a 12% service charge, so the total amount increases by 12%. In such cases, I wouldn’t recommend leaving a tip.

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The rest room

The restroom is on the second floor and seems a bit small for so many people. For those who appreciate peculiarities, I recommend checking out the weight next to the door that helps it close.

Rest room Men in Pub for sale

Rest rooms entry  in Pub for sale

Rest room in Pub for sale

Rest room Men in Pub for sale

Rest room with speacial door in Pub for sale

Rest room n Pub for sale Budapest

Interesting facts about the For Sale pub Hungary

In Budapest, opening a bar was very fashionable in the 1990s. The pub for sale also opened during these years and has since been a favorite destination for tourists visiting. Currently, it has more than 11,000 reviews on Google, which I think is an impressive number.

Location and contact

Address and contact details of the pub: Budapest, Vámház krt. 2, 1053 Magyarország; Phone number: +36 70 653 1410

Ratings and reviews speak for themselves

People love this special pub! Just take a look at the reviews on tripadvisor, for example – you won’t find any negative reviews among the many praising ones. Just check the restaurant reviews if you don’t believe us!

Continue the pub crawl 

Budapest has an amazing bar scene, so it would be criminal to stop just at one pub. If you want more beer, maybe go on a beer tasting tour, or explore some of the nearby Budapest bars. Púder a nearby bar also with quirky décor is worth a visit, or just hop on the tram to Astoria to Csendes to keep up with the drinking in eccentric bars. Of course, you can also continue to the daddy of all quirky bars in Budapest, Szimpla Kert, if you want to make a night of it. 

One thing you can be sure of if you come to Budapest: You won’t go thirsty. 

This must-visit establishment offers an authentic Hungarian experience, featuring a lively indoor atmosphere that guests would definitely enjoy. Known for its Hungarian cuisine (like beef goulash soup), the pub is filled with feedback from visitors, with messages (pieces of paper) dangling even from ceiling, creating a unique and engaging environment. The floor is covered in hay, adding to the rustic charm, while small baskets of peanuts are available for snacking, enhancing the overall experience. Patrons not only indulge in the delicious food but also relish the atmosphere, making it an establishment where one can truly immerse themselves in Hungarian culture.

The staff at the For Sale pub are very friendly, the food is delicious and the portions are huge. A great atmosphere is guaranteed. Definitely worth a visit, even if it’s just for a drink – but when you’re done, don’t forget to leave a note for future visitors! We hope our detailed review above has caught your eye!

Q & A

Can I pay with card at For Sale Pub?
Yes you can:)
Is there an outside area at For Sale Pub?
Yes, but only for smoking.

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