The first city on my European artistic holiday was Budapest, a city also known for its Ruin Bars – pubs created in decaying post WW2 buildings. Clearly not found any where else in the world, my camera failed me for interior photos on my trip so these images are via other travelers. I love this quote from thefidgetyfoodie:
I remember the thought that flashed through my mind when I walked into my first ruin pub in Budapest.
This is an OH&S disaster, you would never see this in Sydney, or London, or possibly anywhere else for that matter!
That’s because ruin pubs, as the name suggests, lie within dilapidated shells of abandoned buildings. They predominantly sit in the old Jewish quarter which was left to decay after WWII. In any other city there would be a wrecking ball around the corner, but in Budapest some inspired drinkers decided they might be good for something and slowly they have turned into drinking and party meccas.
Ruin bars are all the rage in Budapest and have been around for 10 years since the founding of Szimpla Kert, the mecca of all ruin bars.
From outside, these bars look like normal homes. They don’t have large signs pointing the way, you don’t hear any loud noise, and there’s no line of people waiting to get in. But once you walk in and enter the inner courtyard, you find yourself in the middle of a hip, artsy, and funky bar bustling with crowds talking, dancing, and enjoying the laid-back atmosphere. (from nomadicmatt)
There are plenty of websites to track these bars down, bottom line is, they are cool, cheap, full of people and reasonably safe.
WeLoveBudapest: The ruin pub phenomenon has taken over Budapest’s nightlife a couple years ago to establish a far-reaching success formula. However, it’s not only the rickety furnishing, the psychedelic interiors, and the hipster crowd that make these ramshackle properties popular, but the dilapidated edifices also boast a distinct charm. Here we present some of the best Budapest ruin pubs, so now all you need to do is to make up your mind and head out to explore these hidden (or semi-hidden) hangouts around town.
Always the artist