Szimpla Kert // A Walkthrough of Budapest’s Most Popular Ruin Bar

It’s nearly impossible to read anything about Budapest without the mention of ruin bars, and Szimpla Kert is reigning Queen of this popular nightlife trend. Located in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter, which was home to the Jewish Ghetto during WWII, Szimpla Kert was the first bar to set up shop within the abandoned ruins of a neighborhood which had been left to crumble. 

Szimpla Kert Ruin Bar
Budapest Ruin Bars

I didn’t expect to like Szimpla Kert as much as I did. I figured it would be too touristy for my liking but we still went. obviously, because when have we ever said no to drinks in weird places? 

When we entered the courtyard of the ruin bar on our first visit, I knew I was going to be wrong about this place. Its random, eclectic quirkiness out-charmed the fact that it was crawling with tourists, and I was in love.


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Szimpla Kert at Night

THE MANY BARS OF SZIMPLA KERT

Szimpla Kert used to be home to a stove factory and the interior is huge. It spans out over 2 colorful stories and there are about 8 different bars on the property.

Wine Bar

On the ground level you’ll find several bars scattered about, including a shisha bar, cocktail bar and wine bar. On the upper level you’ll find their restaurant, bio bar and craft beer bar. The craft beer bar is run by Mad Scientist brewery and is aptly designed as a laboratory, with beaker beer glasses and all.  

Kraft Beer Bar

With oddities tucked away in every corner, you could spend hours wandering around Szimpla Kert and keep discovering new things. 

Once you grab drink at your bar of choice, you can walk around or take a seat one of their many unique seating options such as the empty bathtub upstairs, an old car or even on top of a vintage television. 

Ruin Bar

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10 TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT TO SZIMPLA KERT 

SZIMPLA KERT IS FOR EVERYONE 

Sometimes trendy bars tend to cater to a certain demographic, and it makes people who don’t identify feel a little out of place. Not at Szimpla Kert. 

Szimpla Kert

I saw every type of person walk through the doors of this ruin bar. Tourists, locals, young, old, those there to party and others chilling out with a glass of wine. It was actually one of the most diverse bars I’ve ever been to so whatever age range, scene or vibe you’re into, you are welcome. 

In fact their website states that they are part of the Safe Space program, and they “believe nobody should be discriminated against for sexual orientation, gender identity or gender manifestation, skin color, religion, ethnicity, financial situation or any other characteristics” 

Ruin Bar in Budapest

WHEN TO VISIT

During the day the bar’s atmosphere is very mellow. There are tons of open tables and enough space to walk around and take photos. If you’re not a fan of crowds or if you just want to stop in and check it out, I recommend visiting before 6-7pm.

The Bar

The later in gets into the night (10pm-4am) the more it starts to feel like a club environment, with live music, large crowds and more of a party atmosphere. If you’re looking for a night out, you’ve come to the perfect place.

If you’re not interested in drinking at all, come by on Sundays when they host their weekly Farmer’s Market and local brunch buffet. 

FARMER’S MARKET SUNDAY

On Sunday mornings the bar transforms into a farmer’s market, with vendors selling local produce, cheese, meats, jam and spices. 

Budapest Ruin Bar

Upstairs, they serve an all you can eat Sunday brunch buffet made with ingredients from the Farmer’s Market vendors. Brunch costs 5000HUF ($17.50USD), children under 12 are half off, and under 6 eat free. 

Szimpla Sunday is open from 9am to 2pm 

GO UPSTAIRS 

It’s easy to get distracted with how much there is to see on the lower level but make sure to also head upstairs to explore the craft beer bar and urban garden. 

Ruin Bars

GET YOUR GLASS DEPOSIT BACK 

When you buy a drink your total will include a 500HUF ($1.75USD) glass deposit charge. Before you leave, return your glass to any of the bartenders to get your deposit back. 

VISIT EARLY DURING PEAK TIMES

Once the bar hits capacity, Szimpla Kert starts to limit entrance and you’ll have to wait in line.

The later it gets into the night the more crowded the bar becomes, especially during peak season and on weekends. When we stopped in on Friday night, it was packed and every seat in the place was filled. 

If you want a table, I recommend getting there early to skip the line and beat the crowds.

Downstairs Szimpla Kert
Don't throw your cigarettes on the floor, the cockroaches are getting cancer

SKIP THE LINE WITH SZIMPLA CARDS 

So this isn’t really the best deal, but it might be helpful to someone..

Szimpla Kert offers Szimpla Cards which are essentially gift cards that also grant you skip the line privileges. You can buy the cards in 10,000 HUF, 20,000HUF, 50,000HUF and 100,000HUF denominations.

Ruin Bar

The only catch is that you have to buy the card before 7PM and depending on which card you buy, they limit the number of wristbands

There is also the option to buy a wristband in advance, which includes 1 drink and also allows you to skip the line.

CHECK THE CALENDAR

From blood drives, film screenings and open jams, to music nights featuring just about every genre you can imagine, Szimpla Kert hosts a packed schedule of community events and live music throughout the week.

Make sure to check their calendar to see what’s happening during your stay. 

Upstairs Szimpla Kert

VISIT THE STREET FOOD ALLEY NEXT DOOR

If you walk out of Szimpla Kert and turn to the left, you’ll find a cute little alley filled with a dozen street food vendors. They’re serving up everything from goulash and langos to burgers and pizza. There is also a vegan booth at the very end of the alley.

It’s perfect for late night cravings before heading back to your hotel.

Budapest Ruin Bar

BRING CASH 

The wine bar and the shisha bar are cash only. Szimpla Kert has an ATM on site but there’s a 5 Euro fee to withdrawl, so bring cash with you to save a little money.

DRESS CODE

Extremely casual. Leave your heels at home. 

Overhead view at Szimpla Kert

VISITOR INFO

HOW TO GET TO SZIMPLA KERT 

ADDRESS Kazinczy utca 14.Budapest 1075, Hungary
METRO STOP  Astoria 
TRAM STOP Astoria 

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HOURS

Monday – Saturday: 12:00pm – 4am
Sunday: 9:00am – 4am

BAR HOURS

First Bar: Mon-Sat from 12pm  / Sun from 9am
Garden Bar: Mon-Sat from 3pm / Sun from 9am 
Kitchen: Mon-Fri from 12pm / Sat-Sun from 5pm
First Floor Bar: From 6pm daily. 
Beer Bar: From 6pm daily. 
Saloon Bar: Mon-Tues: closed / Thurs-Sun from 6pm
Wine Bar: From 7pm daily.
Bio Bar: Mon-Tues: closed / Thurs-Sun from 6pm 
Koktail Bar: From 8pm daily.

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Szimpla Kert Downstairs

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Have you been to Szimpla Kert? Have anything to add? Leave a comment! 


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