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On our first trip to Budapest in the spring of 2015, the craft beer revolution was just taking hold. It wasn’t easy finding craft beer bars in Budapest, but those we did find had an impressive selection of local brews. Fast forward to a return trip – two-and-a-half years later – and we found the craft beer Budapest scene booming. Eager to sample the latest Hungarian beer creations, we discovered some of the best bars in Budapest serving local microbrews.
Find a link to our Craft Beer Budapest District Map at the end of the article.
Best Craft Beer Bars in Budapest, Hungary
Our list of places to drink craft beer in Budapest includes bars that are dedicated to Hungarian craft beer. Each bar has a unique vibe, but all cater to the craft beer enthusiast.
#1 Jonas Craft Beer & Food
With an ideal location on the Danube riverside, just south of Liberty Bridge, Jonas Craft Beer House Budapest is a modern Budapest beer bar. Inside is an industrial space with 8 brews on tap; outside is the best beer garden in Budapest. Facebook
UPDATE: Jonas has relocated to a new site outside of the Budapest city center and we have yet to visit the new location.
Sadly, we did not make it to Eleszto, a bar which helped pioneer the craft beer Budapest scene. There are only so many beers we can consume in a day. We look forward to checking this bar out our next time visiting Budapest! Website
#3 Only Good Beer (Csak a jo sor)
What is better than a beer shop in Budapest? A craft beer shop in Budapest where you can buy Hungarian beer with a bar – and that is exactly what Only Good Beer Budapest offers. The homey shop sells some of the best beer in Budapest for on-site consumption or for take away. Website
#4 Kandallo Artisanal Pub Budapest
With 16 rotating taps and an excellent selection of burgers, Kandallo Pub Budapest is one of the best beer bars in Budapest. The friendly staff, bar seating and stylish interior are also highly rated at Kandallo! Website
#5 Hopaholic: In Hop We Trust
Hopaholic is one of the best pubs in Budapest for craft beer and a good time! Featuring local beers from breweries in Budapest and knowledgeable bar staff, beer-lovers could easily lose track of time in this bar. Website
#6 First Craft Beer and BBQ
First Craft Beer Company Budapest is one of the breweries in Budapest that has opened a tap room featuring their beers on draft – as well as a wide selection of competitor’s brew. We recommend trying the First IPA – a Budapest IPA that suited our hop-loving palates! Facebook
Perhaps more of a café than a beer bar in Budapest, Cat has a bohemian vibe…and craft beer on tap. Get a beer, go upstairs, kick off your shoes (but watch your head!) and chill. Facebook
#8 Hops Beer Bar
Hops Beer Bar Budapest – just around the corner from Start Craft Beer Bar – is a great spot for local beer in Budapest. In the midst of Budapest’s tourist district, Hops Beer Bar exudes the charm of a neighborhood tavern. Facebook
#9 Rizmajer Sorhaz
Rizmajer is a brewery in Budapest – and Rizmajer Sorhaz is their intercity taproom. What we liked best about this craft beer bar in Budapest is that it seemed to attract a more local clientele, rather than tourists. Website
Plan Your Complete Budapest Itinerary!
Craft Beer Budapest Bar Map
Use this Link to Google Maps to route you to the Best Craft Beer In Budapest!
More about Budapest Craft Beer
There is so much more to Budapest Craft Beer than drinking it at a bar! Check out more ways to experience craft beer in Budapest.
Craft Beer Cruise Budapest
Cruising down the Danube between the Buda and Pest sides of the city is one of the best experiences in the city. Now, they’ve made it even better by offering a Craft Beer Cruise Budapest. Guests are invited to enjoy the Budapest sights while sipping Budapest craft beer! You can book in advance on Viator.
Craft Beer Tour Budapest
Join a Budapest Craft Beer Tour to get a taste of beer from Hungary with the help of a local guide. You can book a Budapest brewery tour in advance on Viator.
Budapest Beer Festival
Budapest Beer Week is taking place in 2022 from September 5-11. You can get all the details on the BPBW official website.
Beer Bath Budapest
Following the latest trend in beer, a Thermal Beer Spa has been opened at the city’s popular Szechenyi Spa. Soak in tubs of brew with a beer (unfortunately, not craft!) in hand!
Hungarian Ruins Pubs
These must-see bars in Budapest are a feast for the senses – although taste isn’t the one they are focusing on, as they mostly serve mass-produced lagers and cheap Palinka. However, some pubs, like Szimpla Kert, have added at least one craft beer to their draft lineup.
How Much Does Beer in Budapest Cost?
Budapest has a reputation of being an inexpensive city where partiers can drink the night away. The price of beer in Budapest, however, varies drastically between large and independent breweries. Mass-produced Budapest beer can cost as little as $1 USD, but the same doesn’t apply to craft beer in Hungary. The price of a pint in Budapest – of craft beer – is about $5 USD.
Our Top Tips for Your Trip to Budapest, Hungary
Budapest Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF) | Currency Converter
Budapest Sightseeing Tips
- The public transportation in Budapest keeps the city well-connected. Click here for information and cost of BKV modes of transportation; or catch a ride on the Big Bus Budapest, which makes stops at all the top tourist sights!
- If you are planning to visit the top Budapest sights and using public transportation, a Budapest Card provides Budapest excellent discounts.
Where To Stay in Budapest
We once again relied on our go-to option of Airbnb to secure accommodations, which are plentiful and affordable in Budapest. (Use this link to join Airbnb and save money on your first stay!)
The best place to stay in Budapest is in the heart of the city within walking distance to sights – and there are many cheap apartments in Budapest city centre. We have found that staying in apartments is often less expensive than hotel rooms – with the added benefit of a kitchen and, usually, more space.
However, for those who prefer staying in traditional accommodations, there are many Budapest Hotels to choose from in – or close to – the city center. Check out these top-rated hotels on Booking.com (based on guest reviews!) for your upcoming trip: Hotel Moments Budapest, Callas House and Aria Hotel Budapest.
Budapest Budget travelers can search for Budapest Hostels – like Georges, Metropolis Hostel and Flow Hostel.
Getting to Budapest
Budapest can be reached by plane, train, bus, river cruise or car. Uncharacteristically, we arrived by train (Ljubljana to Budapest) and departed via bus to Krakow, Poland.
Typically our preferred method of travel is by flying (we are JetSettingFools, after all!). When we need to purchase plane tickets, we start our search for the best deals on airline tickets on Skyscanner.
Before You Go to Budapest
- Budapest is a walkable city…but only if you have the right travel shoes! Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes for your trip. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia, Skechers and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
- We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos (that can later be beautifully compiled into a travel photo book). We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures, is slim and lightweight).
- It’s easy to get turned around in any foreign city! Make sure to have a good city map and/or guidebook before arriving.
- Whether you travel with a backpack or a suitcase, you will certainly want a great day bag to organize all of your essential, everyday travel items.
- We think travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip to Hungary, travel protected with World Nomads.
Start planning your trip to Budapest! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing! Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!
We want to know: What are your favorite craft beer Budapest bars? Which ones would you add to our list? Give us your best tips in the comments below!
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