Szimpla Kert
Szimpla Kert
4.5
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Monday
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
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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The area
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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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  • ChrisandVix
    Worcester, United Kingdom130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Weird but brilliant night time drinks
    This is a must visit place close to the centre. Although there was quite a queue, we were soon inside. The decor in these ruin bars is super, very strange and totally different to anything I've seen in European Capital cities before. The drinks were reasonable, for a 0.5l local beer it was around £3-£4 (this is standard for this area of Budapest). The music was good and numerous different areas to explore.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 March 2023
  • ClaireCarys
    Maidstone, United Kingdom19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quirky and fun
    We went on a Monday and didn't have to que to get in (also didn't que too long for drinks). Decor is really fun, so individual. Would have loved some music - but unsure if DJs/ bands maybe play there on weekends/ in Summer. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Pam R
    Dublin, Ireland20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feast for the senses
    A must-do if your in Budapest! We (family with 3 adult daughters) enjoyed a fabulous afternoon break from walking round the various sites in Budapest. This is a quirky, feast for the senses. We highly recommend a day time visit as well as a night-time visit. Daytime included market stalls, a cafe and a couple of bars, a wide variety of seating areas and places to chill. Evenings feel very different, love music, bars, dancing and a hive of activity. Well worth a double visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
  • Oona
    15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    Visited here twice, on Wednesday and on Friday. Amazing ruin bar with nice atmosphere and many nice rooms and funny small details. Wednesday was more peaceful so we had opportunity to stroll around and look at the place. Friday it was crowded.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 April 2023
  • FedeUnderwood
    Paris, France1,080 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
    156 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
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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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Becky J
Stoke-on-Trent, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Loved this bar. Must visit if you're in Budapest. Fascinating and great atmosphere early evening. It does get very busy later and is a magnet for a younger crowd, so if you're a bit older (like me!) visit early doors to get a good look round it.
Written 15 February 2024
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TravellingGlaswegian
Glasgow, UK814 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Went to visit this famous ruin bar, the decor is a bit wacky. Loved exploring the different rooms but we only stayed for one drink.
Written 13 February 2024
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Tahr19
Province of Leinster, Ireland36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Over priced, dirty, tourist trap. €5 for a local beer and €11 for a watered down cocktail. We also had a pulled pork wrap from upstairs which was not pleasant for €9. Overall avoid and head to ‘Rimon Bar’ down the street which serve €4 cocktails with pleasant service
Written 1 February 2024
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DayTrip25451728591
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We visited this place in January because we saw lots of good reviews however, one of my friends got robbed here and the staff was not helpful at all. Terrible place.

Police said that the staff is hand in hand with local mafia so I don't recommend visiting it.
Written 1 February 2024
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