Bar Review – Szimpla Kert, Budapest

Wow. This place is just incredible.

The pioneer of ruin pubs of Budapest, Szimpla Kert has been going since 2001 and pleasing locals and tourists alike. Located on situated on Kazinczy utca, gaining access to the bar involves walking passed a seemingly deliberately arranged pile of rubble and a wheelbarrow. It’s a maze of colourful rooms filled with eclectic furniture and wall displays courtesy of contemporary artists. The drinks are cheap and the vibe remains somewhat relaxed, even on a busy Friday night while the dancing gets underway downstairs.

There’s a large patio and huge screens showing black and white films – an idea set up for open air cinema in the warm months. An understated staircase leads to a spacious upper floor. Here, the beauty of the building becomes apparent, it reminded me a lot of upstairs in Wiltons Music Hall.

Overall – great tunes, quirky decor, friendly people. This place has all the energy of a pop-up. A great place to lose track of time any night of the week, and so much cooler than it thinks it is. Shoreditch eat your heart out.

Photography by David Hand,