03 Jul Best rooftop bars in Budapest
A summer hits the city, the crowds make a bee-line for the city’s outdoor spaces. Beyond the kerts and the outdoor terraces, the only place to go is up – up to the rooftops. For a drink with a view, head up to Budapest’s best rooftops for a fröccs overlooking the sunset or the cityscape to cool down and get away from the dusty, city streets. From riverside views to a birdseye view over the rooftops of the city and it’s landmarks, here are the top 5 rooftop bars to check out next time you’re in Budapest.
Located on the rooftop of the former Paris Department Store, there is a reason why this bar gets the name 360. From all angles, you can see pretty much every important landmark from a bird’s eye view. Whether it’s St. Stephen’s Basilica or the Parliament, to the Opera or the Grand Synagogue or beyond to the Buda Hills and City Park, sip a cocktail or a glass of wine and watch the city from above, whether it’s in the late afternoon, sundown or after dark.
Location: 360 Bar, VI district, Andrássy street 39.
Corvin Terrace may not have the glamorous feel of 360 Bar, but its grungy aesthetic will appeal to the crowd who prefer to go somewhere with a little edge. Set on top of a former Social Realist supermarket, this second-generation ruin bar is a great place to cool off in the summer. From rooftop cinemas to parties, Corvin Terrace hosts a number of events that keep the party above ground through the summer months.
Location: Corvin Terrace, VIII district, Blaha Lujza square 1-2.
You’ll find Liebling’s terrace just under the iconic lips of Fogas Ház ruin bar. While Fogas Ház and Kert, with the newly incorporated Instant, Liebling offers a cosier experience within the formal dental laboratory. Taking over the rooftop of the building, this bar may lie on a hidden terrace with limited views of the Klauzál Market Hall on Akácfa street, it’s still worth it for the cocktails and the friendly, yet classy atmosphere.
Location: Liebling, VI district, Akácfa street 51.
High Note Sky Bar
Set on top of the Aria Hotel, the High Note SkyBar also boasts 360 degree views of the city, with its most notable landmark being the dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica. It’s an elegant locale where you can dine al fresco under the summer sun, or sip cocktails at sundown when you’re in the mood for somewhere classy with a view.
Location: High Note SkyBar, V district, Hercegprímás street 5.
While it’s not technically a rooftop, you can still enjoy panoramic views from Danube level on this former stone-carrying Ukrainian ship. A38 is now an alternative cultural hub that’s been permanently moored along the Danube banks in Buda, next to Petőfi Bridge. The concert hall may be tucked underground, or underwater rather, the bar on the deck is breezy, cool and comes with a view over the water to the city in the distance. Definitely one of the most unique terraces in the city for a summer drink.
Location: A38, XI district, Petőfi bridge