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Craft Beer Budapest: 14 Bars Serving Local Hungarian Beer

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On our very 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 track down had an impressive selection of local Hungarian brews.

However, on each return visit over the years we found the craft beer Budapest scene consistently evolving. Eager to sample the latest Hungarian craft beer creations, we discovered some of the best bars in Budapest serving local microbrews.   

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14 Craft Beer Bars in Budapest, Hungary

Beer taps at Rizmajer Sorhaz Microbrewery in Budapest, Hungary

Our list of places to drink craft beer in Budapest includes bars that are dedicated to Hungarian craft beer as well as Budapest Craft Breweries. Each establishment has it’s own unique vibe, but all cater to craft beer enthusiast. (like us!).

Find our complete Craft Beer Budapest Map at the end of the article!


#1 Jonas Craft Beer & Food

Jonas Craft Beer House outdoor beer garden in Budapest, Hungary

With an ideal location on the Danube riverside, just south of Liberty Bridge, Jonas Craft Beer House is a modern Budapest beer bar. Inside is an industrial space with 8 brews on tap; outside is one of the best beer gardens 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. If you go, please let us know what your think!


#2 Eleszto

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 on any given a day! With 20 craft beers on tap and an inviting location, we look forward to checking this gastropub out our next time visiting Budapest. Website


#3 Only Good Beer (Csakajosor Kft)

Taps at Only Good Beer Craft Beer shop and bar in Budapest, Hungary

What is better than a beer shop in Budapest? A craft beer shop in Budapest where you can buy heaps of Hungarian beer with a bar – and that is exactly what Only Good Beer Budapest offers. Open since 2008, the cozy shop sells some of the best beer in Budapest for on-site consumption or for take away. Website


#4 Wunder Beer Works

A Budapest basement bar stacked to the ceiling with craft beer? Yes, please! Wunder Beer also stocks an impressive array of whiskey along with other liquors. The bartenders are incredibly helpful and they aren’t shy about cranking rock and roll music to get you amped up! Facebook


#5 Kandallo Pub, Budapest

Craft Beer at Kandallo Kezmues Pub in Budapest, Hungary

With 14 rotating taps and an excellent selection of burgers, Kandallo Pub is one of the best beer bars in Budapest. The friendly staff, bar seating and stylish interior are also highly rated at Kandallo! Website


#6 Beer Point Budapest

Well-positioned on a busy corner along bustling Erzsébet krt, Beer Point Budapest not only offers a nice selection of craft beers, but keeps you entertained with games and live sports. This dog-friendly Budapest bar also gets rave reviews for the atmosphere and their food (including vegetarian options). Facebook


#7 Hopaholic

Beer at Hopaholic Craft Beer Bar in Budapest, Hungary

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 fantastic bar. Website


#8 Ruin Brew Budapest

Boasting an incredibly fun vibe and super craft beer choices, Ruin Brew is a must-visit for hop-heads on their trip to Budapest. Adding to the appeal is the delicious “LA Street Food” and daily brunch menu. If you’re craving craft beer in Budapest and tacos, this is your spot! Facebook


#9 First Craft Beer and BBQ

Beer at First Craft Beer and BBQ taproom in Budapest, Hungary

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 other Hungarian brew. We recommend trying the First IPA – a Budapest IPA that suited our hop-loving palates! Facebook


#10 Macska

Perhaps more of a café than a beer bar in Budapest, Macska has a bohemian vibe…and craft beer on tap and even more in cans. Get a beer, go upstairs (but watch your head!) and just chill. Facebook


#11 Hops Beer Bar Budapest

Hops Beer Bar in Budapest, Hungary

Hops Beer Bar is a great spot for local beer in Budapest. In the midst of Budapest’s always buzzing tourist district, Hops Beer Bar manages to exudes the charm of a neighborhood tavern. Facebook


#12 Beer Brothers Budapest

Featuring 18 rotating taps and loads of other options in bottles and cans, Beer Brothers Budapest is one of your best bets for craft beer Budapest in a central location. They also receive excellent reviews for their burgers and friendly staff. Facebook


#13 Rizmajer Sorhaz

Two beers at Rizmajer Sorhaz craft beer bar inBudapest, Hungary

Rizmajer is a popular Hungarian brewery – and Rizmajer Sorhaz is their intercity Budapest taproom. What we liked best about this craft beer bar in Budapest is that it seemed to attract mostly locals. Website


#14 Crafty Bar Budapest 

Just down the block from Eleszto (#2 on our Budapest craft beer list), Crafty Bar offers a hefty array of tasty brews from several Hungarian Craft Breweries. Coupled with fine cocktails and an amazing outdoor space, they have also started gypsy-brewing some of there own Budapest craft beer! Facebook

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Craft Beer Budapest Bar Map

Only Good Beer, Csak a jo sor, bar and beer shop in Budapest, Hungary

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More about Budapest Craft Beer

Hopaholic Craft Beer Bar in Budapest, Hungary

There is so much more to Budapest Craft Beer than drinking it at a bar! Check out these unique ways to experience craft beer in Budapest.


Craft Beer Cruise Budapest

Budape For an affordable Danube River cruise, we hopped on the inexpensive commuter boat. The 45 minute ride only cost $2.50 each!

Cruising down the Danube between the Buda and Pest sides of the city is one of the best experiences in Budapest. Now, they’ve made it even better by offering a Craft Beer Cruise Budapest. Guests are invited to enjoy the sights while sipping Budapest craft beer! You can book in advance on Viator.


Craft Beer Tour Budapest

Hops Beer Craft Beer Bar in Budapest, Hungary

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 Festivals

In our interconnected world we meet friends in Budapest Hungary

The Budapest Beer Festival 2023 is taking place from August 29th – September 3rd. You can get all the details on this website. Budapest Beer Week 2023 is from May 20th – 26th, and additional info is available on their official site.


Beer Bath Budapest

Following the latest trend in beer, a Thermal Beer Spa has opened at Budapest’s popular Szechenyi Spa. Soak in tubs full of Hungarian brew with a beer (unfortunately, not craft) in hand!


Budapest Ruins Pubs

Friends in Budapest: Shots of Palinka at Szimpla, a popular Ruins Pub

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 Hungarian lagers and cheap Palinka. However, some ruins pubs, like the insanely popular Szimpla Kert, have added some craft beer to their draft lineup.


How Much Does Beer in Budapest Cost?

First Craft Beer and BBQ microbrewry in Budapest, Hungary

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 corporate and independent breweries.

Cheap Budapest beer can cost as little as $1 USD, but the same doesn’t apply to craft beer in Hungary. The price of a craft beer pint in Budapest starts at about $5 USD. What money do they use in Hungary? Budapest Currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF) | Currency Converter


Top Tips for Your Trip to Budapest, Hungary

Budapest on a tight budget: Budapest Parliament Building - free to look at from the outside...and very impressive!

Now that you’re primed for your vacation to Budapest, we have a few more tips for your trip!


Budapest Sightseeing Tips

Budapest, Hungary Yellow Tram #2

  • The public transportation in Budapest keeps the city well-connected. You can find information and cost of BKV modes of transportation here; or catch a ride on the Big Bus Budapest, which makes stops at all the best Budapest tourist attractions (of which some are conveniently close to Budapest craft beer bars!).
  • If you are planning to visit the Top Budapest Sights by using public transport, a Budapest Card provides excellent discounts.


Where To Stay in Budapest

Using Airbnb in Budapest, Hungary bedroom

We once again relied on our go-to option of Airbnb to secure accommodations, which are plentiful and affordable in Budapest. 

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 the city center. Check out these top-rated Budapest hotels on (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

Train to Budapest: Watching the tracks as we traveled from Ljubljana to Budapest.

Budapest can be reached by plane, train, bus, river cruise or car. Uncharacteristically, we once 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

Chain Bridge Lion, Budapest, Hungary

  • 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 trail shoes by Merrell and casual shoes by Sanuk.
  • We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your holiday to Budapest. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for high quality photos. We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures and is a slim and lightweight budget camera).
  • It’s easy to get turned around in any foreign destination! Make sure to have a good city map and/or guidebook before arriving in Budapest.
  • 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.
  • If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your Budapest trip, consider traveling protected with World Nomads.

Start planning your trip to Hungary! 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!


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