Szimpla Kert
Szimpla Kert
4.5
12:00 - 04:00
Monday
12:00 - 04:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 04:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 04:00
Thursday
12:00 - 04:00
Friday
10:00 - 04:00
Saturday
12:00 - 04:00
Sunday
09:00 - 05:00
About
Located on the lively Kazinczy street in the heart of Budapest’s Jewish Quarter, Szimpla Kert is the first and one of the most popular “ruin bars” in the Hungarian capital. Here, you'll find a unique atmosphere with multiple bars scattered over two floors, great Kosher street food, an avant-garde art gallery, and an open-air theater. Drop by in the afternoon to hunt for knickknacks at its flea markets or later in the evening for live music and cocktails. There's also a weekly farmers' market, where you can find local produce like cheese, jam, fruit, and more. Book a pub crawl tour around the city’s ruin bars to dive into this one-of-a-kind Budapest phenomenon. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: District VII / Jewish Quarter
District VII is the very heart of Budapest and houses the city’s Jewish Quarter. Its streets are lively and colorful, its buildings narrate different histories in an assortment of architectural styles, and its cafes and bars are frequented and loved by the enthusiastic crowds. Grand and magnificent, the striking star of the district is the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Distinctly Moorish in style, crowned by the twin onion shaped domes, the Synagogue is the very emblem of District VII and one of the main attractions in the capital.
How to get there
  • Astoria • 5 min walk
  • Blaha Lujza tér • 7 min walk
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  • FedeUnderwood
    Paris, France1,088 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing spot
    Even if very touristy, the place keeps expectations as it's so unique and interesting. It's like a labyrinth made of different rooms and ambiances, two floors, both open air and indoors areas, nice vibe even if very very crowded. You can order drinks at different counters and a beer costed 1.800 Huf (expensive for Budapest) but worth it. Definitely a must do if you're in the city, if you want to avoid the queue though, better during the week and not too late.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Vesper35
    Bucharest, Romania148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive
    Impressive place. You could stay there for hours and still find something to surprise you. The idea of changing a ruined building was a gold mine. We went by day, on Sunday it was a small farmers’ market, very nice vibe, but I bet it gets really different at night, wish we could also went there for a party
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 June 2023
  • onthegojl
    162 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Different kind of Cool
    Located in the Jewish Quarter, we checked out the best ruin bar in Budapest - Szimpla Kert. There's hip, and then there's Szimpla. Decorated with graffiti and random objects, it exudes a very different kind of ambiance that feels both communal and cozy. A great gathering place to hangout and relax with a beer. Who would've thought an abandoned building can be repurposed and bring such a friendly vibe to locals and tourists alike?!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 June 2023
  • bcwave
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    End Times "Happening" Spot
    What a wonderful experience. It's like a party at the end of the world. As much fun to wander the multi-level abandoned property and see the decor, most of which must have come from dumpsters, as it is to sit and people watch with a cold beer in hand! So happy to have put this notch on my travel belt!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Matthew
    London, United Kingdom52 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cool looking bar
    A very cool ruin bar - loads of individual rooms with random decor and DJs. A must visit - but very busy and commercial. Every bar has a different menu of cocktails and drinks. Would of loved to have seen it years ago.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2023
  • mariegleerup
    Los Angeles, California116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You have to see it to believe it
    What a unique experience! This ruin bar, the first, is impossible to describe -- the decor is everything strewn everywhere. We went early on a weeknight (7pm), so it wasn't too crowded and no cover charge (consider doing that). Families, tourists, retirees, and locals all enjoyed live music, reasonable drinks and wild and wacky sights and colors!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Bob
    London, United Kingdom156 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pinnacle of ‘bar as tourist trap’
    This is a cool place. It has been a cool place for decades. It has a really great vibe - sprawling over multiple floors and areas, teeming with people from all over. We went at 3pm or so, and there were lots of groups of younger travellers, drinking and talking - but also a fair number of older couples, with children, even with a pram, walking around videoing, like the tourists visiting a local landmark that they were. We had a couple of drinks and imbibed the atmosphere. Of course, the ‘ruin bar’ theme extends to some pretty rank toilets, and the graffiti-everywhere schtick was matched by broken glass on the floor and a general sense of insalubrity, plus the drinks were overpriced, which knocks this to a 4*.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Tour646053
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The eclectic bar at Budapest
    A very eclectic and interest place. A must to visit ans soend a couple of hours!!! Proces ok. Bar tenders simply terrible. Bas attitude. Hope they can get a job they like!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Sharron
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A taste of Budapest’s bohemian charm
    Szimpla Kert in Budapest is a unique and vibrant ruin bar that captures the essence of the city’s nightlife and artistic spirit. The bar’s location in a converted factory creates an eclectic and inviting atmosphere. The interior is a maze of quirky rooms adorned with eclectic decor, graffiti art, and vintage finds. Each corner has its own character and surprises. The bar offers an impressive selection of craft beers, cocktails, and local wines. The live music performances and DJ sets make every night here special. Szimpla Kert’s dedication to supporting local artists and promoting cultural events is commendable. Whether you’re a nightlife enthusiast or simply seeking a taste of Budapest’s bohemian charm, Szimpla Kert is a must-visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Chris S
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting place with something for everyone to see and do
    This is a very interesting place to visit with plenty to see and brilliant transport systems in place to help you do this. If you like history then this is the place to visit. You can see castles, palaces, bars in ruined buildings, synagogues, churches, breathtaking spas. It has struggled, that is very evident with its faded beauty. It didn’t always feel we were welcomed by the locals who at times treated us with utter disregard but this didn’t put us off at all. It’s just their way. Loved the synagogue and Jewish quarter and learning the history. Personally, I’m not a big meat eater so the food didn’t do a lot for me. We were able to find what we needed in numerous cafes and supermarkets. I’ve come home wanting to learn more about the politics and history of the country. Do visit the Gellert Spa. It’s amazing 😊
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 September 2023
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Ktstllr
131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Brilliant experience, really quirky place with a different vibe in different rooms. Lots of entertainment. Very cheap beer. We loved it here, very enjoyable experience. Would recommend.
Written 10 April 2024
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Jessica T
Cardiff, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
WOW WOW WOW !! What an amazing bar. The whole vibe is fantastic. The drinks are reasonably priced and music is brilliant. This is a must visit when in Budapest.
Written 24 March 2024
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smashin99uk
Scotland513 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Popped in as it had been recommended by lots of people, unfortunately it was not for us, glad we stopped, however the drinks were not the best and for us it just felt dirty.
Written 16 March 2024
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Odyssey54022599718
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Watch your drinks, I was spiked here last night and ended up having what I can only describe as a psychotic episode. My boyfriend had left to use bathroom on a couple of occasions and whilst he was gone staff came to collect empty glasses (I’m a slower drinker so would still have some in my glass) not sure was it slight of hand by staff or passer-by’s but I had been looking at my phone and obviously didn’t realise what had happened. My boyfriend had left to go downstairs and within minutes I became extremely intoxicated and upset, couldn’t speak properly, huge paranoia and anxiety, ended up locking myself in a bathroom stall and my boyfriend had no idea where I had gone, I was so convinced I was unsafe to go to him. He described my behaviour after he managed to find me and bring me back to the apartment we were staying in as nothing short of crazy, screaming wailing crying not understanding what he was saying just ranting and raving screaming. I had 4 drinks. I have never in my life behaved or felt as badly as I did last night. I am feeling completely violated and traumatised. I was in no control of my mind or body. Please be so vigilant if drinking here, I wouldn’t wish this feeling on anyone ever.
Written 7 March 2024
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Zara
Luton, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We visited in the late afternoon and it was quiet, which is what we wanted for chilled drinks. Good selection of drinks sand spritzers, and interesting vibe with colour and neon everywhere. Highly recommend getting food from upstairs. Good live DJ too.
Written 25 February 2024
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Nano
Portsmouth, UK254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We went twice. Once in the day and once at night. So much fun. Very cool place with a lot going on. Drinks are ok and very good idea serving drunk food
Written 24 February 2024
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Demy’s Experience
Larnaca, Cyprus114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
A place you should definitely visit! Pretty good selection of beers and great music!!
Now as for a table and chairs if you are lucky and find one!😁
Written 22 February 2024
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Katie C
United Kingdom33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It was a cool place to visit and get a drink, we thought it was very well priced considering its a very touristy place. We had a beer and flautas' upstairs which was tasty and then we ventured downstairs to the wine bar which was great.
The toilets are very grim! Thankfully we carry hand sanitizer everywhere we go so wasn't too bad.
I am surprised to read the reviews about so many people getting robbed, maybe we were just oblivious to it, but we felt safe and didn't experience anything like that, although that's not to say it wasn't happening. We are quite used to be travelling European cities and aware of the petty crime (Looking at you Rome!) and so keep belongings light and a keen eye on our things just in case as we know these things do happen in city centres.
Written 20 February 2024
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Amy H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Absolutely loved this place! Great atmosphere and vibes, surprisingly lots of places to sit in different nooks to get a cosy vibe. Very good prices (£2-3 for a pint!). A must see even if walk through without getting a drink.
Written 19 February 2024
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Carmen X
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The bar is interesting to see, and to enjoy the vibe. Some bartenders are the rudest thing i have ever come across...disgusted!
Written 17 February 2024
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