There’s so much to-do when visiting Budapest: checking out the historic buildings, taking in the unforgettable views of the city’s skyline (which has appeared in so many Hollywood films these days), and, most likely, exploring the colorful and crazy nightlife scene. Why not check all of these boxes at once by grabbing a drink (or two) at one of Budapest’s buzzing rooftop bars?
In a city where the often underground and quirky ruin bars have grabbed the spotlight, high-rise watering holes are relatively new and stylish additions. Taking full advantage of the many historical structures and the fair summer weather, elevated bars add a touch of glamour and exclusivity, not to mention a front-row seat to sweeping big city views that can change dramatically from day to night. And now there’s a Budapest rooftop for every taste: ritzy or relaxed? Elegant or edgy? Buda or Pest? Here are our favorite venues in the city where you can get a taste of the high life, paired with vibrant atmosphere, heady drinks, and exceptional views.
Andrássy út 39, Budapest 1061
+36 70 259 5153
Perched atop the elegantly renovated Parisian Department Store on leafy Andrássy Út, 360 Bar is a cut above the rooftop bar set in both style and substance. Here, you’ll find a wooden-decked terrace with plush lounges, smooth music, and swish drinks, not to mention the wraparound views of the city that gave this place its name. For a classy night of inebriation take your date or out-of-town guest and treat them to a glass of fine Hungarian wine or one of the many cocktails on offer. On weekends, the brunch is a good reason to lay back and enjoy this lofty hangout.
Blaha Lujza tér 1-2, Budapest 1085
+36 20 772 2980
A cross between a rooftop hangout and a ruin bar, Corvintető was one of the first establishments to take advantage of not only a uninhabited building (a Communist-era shopping mall) but also its split-level rooftop terrace. Its central location on Blaha Lujza tér means crowds are always expected and the views of the city are admittedly narrowed to the surrounding rooftops, but the lively atmosphere and moody night-time lighting make a for a memorable evening away from the hustle of the streets below. Hipsters, students and random urban dwellers boogey here to nightly DJs or enjoy the outdoor film screenings under a canopy of lights, all while nursing a pint of beer or a fruity cocktail.
Design Terminal Terrace
Erzsébet tér 13, Budapest 1051
The effortlessly stylish Design Terminal—a functional geometric structure formerly used as the city’s main bus terminal—is a key part of Budapest’s creative fabric, hosting a series of cultural and design events throughout the year. Come summertime, the rooftop terrace becomes a hub of activity as tourists and locals congregate to sip speciality cocktails and show off new fashion trends.
Gozsdu Sky Terrace
Holló utca 6, Budapest 1075
Its unbeatable location right in the center of Budapest’s buzzing Jewish District bar scene already sets the tone for what to expect, and visitors are rarely disappointed. The entrance of this sky-high hangout is hidden off a side alley within the maze of restaurants and shops that make up the expansive Gozsdu Udvar. But once you find the your way up to this sleek spot, you are rewarded with sweeping views of inner-city Pest and a bit of the Buda hills. It’s an ideal vantage point for watching summer sunsets while lingering over a fröccs or a tall mojito. This wooden-decked terrace has a spacious feel and a cool vibe that comes from the mix of hip electro beats, live musical acts, and a steady crowd of well-heeled urbanites. The drink list is quite extensive, with a special focus on domestic and international beer and a good selection of pub grub and some wood-fired pizza.
Rudas Restaurant & Bar
Döbrentei tér 9, Budapest 1013
+36 20 538 2903
The comprehensive renovation of the Rudas Bath in recent years has turned the Turkish-era thermal spot into a real hotspot. The addition of a ritzy restaurant and bar next door, with an extended terrace overlooking the Danube riverfront, has launched it into a whole new zone: sizzling sanctuary. After soaking up the curative effects of the hot waters, head over to this classy deck for well-crafted drinks and a symphony of Hungarian-international tastes dreamt up by kitchen maestro Zoltán Blasko.