Bar review: Eleszto, Budapest

This tiny craft beer pub is a bit of a walk from the centre of town, but well worth it. The courtyard is filled with barrels, picnic benches, armchairs, chests of drawers and mirrors. It’s rather like a makeshift living room – an ideal place for a beer on a warm day.

Some of the more commonly found draft lager choices in Budapest leave a little to be desired for those who prefer something a little stronger, and this place is a great remedy for that. I started with the Dunakanyar IPA (6.5%), which was deliciously malty and full bodied with a hint of fruit.

Next up, I tried the Keseru Mez hopped lager (6%), which was smooth, bitter and full of flavour. There were around twelve beers to choose from, displayed on blackboards at the back wall in the cosy and dimly lit inside bar.

Because this place is in a local neighbourhood, the people watching potential is great. A couple of guys were sat alone with a pint reading a paper, presumably having just finished work. I’m envious – I’d be very happy if this place was my local.

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