End of last week I was searching a bit online and stumbled upon an article or a review about the Bar Galaxia in Budapest. So far so good but the review was more than bad and reported about a typical Budapest Bar Scam around Vaci utca in Budapest.
Typical is that 2 good looking, young girls pretending to be students chat up some tourists on Vaci út. They pretend to not know any bars around but of course they know exactly where they are going. The bars you go to are super expensive and you will not go out there under 25.000 HUF per person for a few drinks. A good point to start with is the below collection of bars to avoid:
- Diamond Club
Budapest II district, Bimbó út 3.
Eden Night Club
Budapest VI district, Andrássy út. 54.
Galaxia étterem, bár
Budapest V district, Bécsi utca 3.
La Dolce Vita
Budapest V district, Október 6. utca 8.
Mercy Club and Lounge
Budapest VII district, Dohány utca 88.
Nirvana Night Club
Budapest V district, Szent István krt.13.
Pigalle Night Club
Budapest VIII district, Kiss József utca 1-3.
Városközpont (accessible by outside elevator)
Budapest V district, Váci utca 16.
A bar simply called PUB
on Vaci utca
These are the bars to avoid in Budapest according to the embassy of the United States of America. Of course there are more bars like this but that is a good start. If you search on Google for Bar Galaxia in Budapest you will find tons of articles about the scam. Here are some articles and forum posts I found which perfectly describe the scheme of the girls and and bars.
Forum post at Topix.com about Swindle in Budapest – Click
Article about Budapest bar Scam at johnnyjet.com – Click
List of bars/restaurants to avoid by the US Embassy – Click
And I also collected a list of especially table dance / strip bars in Budapest to avoid – Click
If you need reliable bars in Budapest check out my list of reviewed bars in Budapest where you can go to. If you want to go to a nightclub in Budapest please select one of the trusted. The most trusted and famous nightclub in Budapest among tourists is for sure the Marilyns night club at Baross utca. So you can go there, enjoy yourself but have a transparent pricing scheme.
So please, if you are up to catching girls here in Budapest go through the city with open eyes, read every menu before you order and don’t let them chat you up on tourist centers like Vaci street because there you for sure get ripped off. If you need recommendations or have any experience with Budapest Bar Scam please leave a comment or drop me a line by email.
This post is also available in: GermanLast updated on: Mar 6, 2014 First published on: Dec 8, 2008 Blog