18 Jan Non-touristy bohemian cultural bars in Budapest
The lively cultural and nightlife of Budapest is not concentrated around only the famous and really touristy Jewish district (seventh district), but there are even a few clubs and bars hidden or a bit farther away, less known for foreigners, even for many of the locals, too. Have a look at three of our favourite non-touristy bohemian cultural bars.
Well-well, still the Jewish district, but Kisüzem is a must-mention bar. It’s only a couple of hundred meters from Fekete kutya, which is also a popular bar with locals. Minimal design, the bar and some of the tables are made of concrete, and the bar has the biggest selection of whiskys, rums and vodkas in the whole town.
Honestly, their whiskey and rum menu is impressive. And last we forget, the bar staff has a good knowledge about their bottle-shelves, in case you get confused what to drink, they will be happy to give you a hand, and you can rely on their recommendation. On some weekdays they have live music or literary events, but the most exciting programme is the “Silent-Movie-Music” on every Sunday, when they project old silent movies (or muzzled films) while experimental musicians improvise the background music.
Gólya (it means stork in Hungarian) is the first and pretty much the only “Communal House and Co-operative Presso”, as they call it. It is located next to Corvin cinema in the half-rehabilitated part of the eighth district. Even if the area looks a bit dodgy, this place worth a visit, this is a real community bar.
Gólya is run by a bunch of friendly people, who work equally on everything; organizing events, running the bar and the kitchen, even repairing and cleaning the place. It has a bit of socialist atmosphere with its old furniture and decoration. They have gigs, literary nights, movie nights (also in foreign languages), game nights, theatre workshops, handicraft workshops, social science workshops and many more. Prices are low, and they even do discount for the locals. If you feel like a bit of time travelling, give it a try.
If we stay at the eights district, just a few minutes’ walk from Blaha Square, at Auróra Street, there’s Auróra, another community space run by Marom Association, home of Jewish and urban life. It’s a four storey place with a small backyard and many small rooms and curves for hiding.
It offers so many different events from art festivals to movie nights, from techno parties to rock gigs, from social events to workshops. It even has a small and cosy Jewish prayer room in the building, where you can find religious programmes as well. It’s one of the most interesting and surprising place in town, check it out.