Szimpla Kert Ruin Bar
Kazinczy utca, 14 – Budapest
GPS: 47.496911, 19.063365
The ruin bars of Budapest have become infamous and a draw to the city all on their own. A collection of bars in abandoned buildings with a seemingly infinite amount of graffiti, gorilla artwork installations, & random plants. These bars are built in Budapest’s old District VII neighborhood (the old Jewish quarter). Built into the ruins of abandoned buildings, stores, or lots.
This neighborhood was left to decay after World War II, so it was a perfect place to develop an underground bar scene. Though not so underground anymore.
Szimpla Kert was the original ruin bar. It opened in 2001, starting this trend. It’s one of the biggest ruin bars and still one of the most popular.
Once an abandoned factory, now there’s a large open courtyard, A top floor filled with eclectic furniture, cocktail bars, music. On the main floor you climb into an old communist car to enjoy your drink. All the rooms have a different theme.
They also sell pizza, which, after a few drinks, makes for the perfect walking-home snack.
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