Clubs are obviously depending on your music taste but the below list of top 10 clubs contains many music types and also different events are held in these venues serving different tastes week by week. You can find the clubs in all genres on every corner of the city but which ones are the best clubs in Budapest, where to go? Below find my personal Top 10 Clubs in Budapest that I can recommend going to. If you have more to add please feel free to leave a comment or mail me.
My Top 10 Clubs in Budapest
When I first went to Holdudvar it was located in the backyard of Eötvös Loránd university near Astoria. Nowadays Holdudvar is on Margit Island which makes it not less attractive. The flair of the old Holdudvar is missing a bit but the new is fantastic as well. Holdudvar is an open air club so it is just open in summer.
Ürimuri is a fairly new club that popped up at the beginning of famous Andrássy ave, later moved to Sas utca and became more popular over the time. These days it is fairly mainstream but the music is great in case you enjoy decent house music. However Urimuri turned a bit snobbish so get ready to be watched at if you drink a simple beer and not some fancy longdrink or champagne mixture. Apart from that on weekends parties are really great at Urimuri.
Club Ötkert is one of the most popular clubs in Budapest at the moment and packed week by week so that it is hard to get in at all on weekends and nearly impossible without waiting time. After around 11 at night the entrance queue starts to get longer and longer while the party starts inside so you better be inside or bring some time for waiting. Music wise you find mostly the charts here but the crowd is looking for party so the music is not the primary reason why people come here.
Bar Minyon really turned out to be one of the hottest places in the city. During the evening Minyon is a fairly good restaurant with international cuisine but as of 11 o’clock it slowly turns into a massive party place. Waiters start to move away the tables, the front windows will be closed with a movable wall and the entrance is changing to the back door. When the DJ starts his, honestly not too good, sets the entire former restaurant tunrs into a massive club with gents and beautiful girls dancing all night long.
5. Szimpla Kert
Szimpla Kert in Budapest is half open air, half inside. Actually it is not a club to dance rather a bar or pub but its flair is unique. In between the old walls of an unused house in the middle of Pest you can hardly find this place. Once you are in there you don’t want to leave anymore.
Romkert is one of the open air clubs where you don´t want to leave even if daylight is coming up. Good music, awesome location and fair priced drinks make Romkert a perfect club to have a party. As usually in Budapest the girls there are fantastic as well so any Friday or Saturday night in Romkert is a big bang.
Similar to Ötkert on place 3 Trafiq became really popular and hard to get into these days. Maybe it is famous a longer time already but it has never been on my radar. Once I went there and had a good time that evening. The music was alright, the crowd was having fun and the drinks were in a fair price quality ratio. Consider yourself lucky when you are in because as I have written in the full review already you need to spend time waiting outside on weekends or come early. Once in you will have a great time.
The A38 (Artemovsk 38 – an old military boat) has even been elected the best club in the world by Lonely Planet readers in 2012 which shows that it is know across the borders of Budapest and Hungary. With a very rich and cultural program A38 offers many different genre nights, live acts and open air party possibilities. Inside the boat there is surprisingly much space for concerts and parties. Also A38 is a restaurant which is quite good but not ranging among my personal favorites but in that a bit away from the city center area a good choice for a dinner with good food and fair prices.
9. Jam Pub
Jam Pub is a bar in Mammut Shopping Center with a lot of Live Music and bands playing or just jamming. Over the years Jam Pub became more and more popular and does not only attract typical pub audience but also younger people. On weekends and also during the weeks you can party to great live performances which are changing every month.
Akvárium is the former Gödör Club located in the middle of the city with a large outside area placing chairs on the stairs leading down to the club. In Akvárium you have a monthly changing program of live performances, DJ sets and great music of all different times.