Outdoor Drinking in Budapest
Introduction: Summer outdoor drinking in Budapest
As spring and summer arrive, you’ll find huge crowds of people enjoying life outside, chilling, spending time in parks, usually with a drink in their hands. This is probably one of the best times of the year to be in the city. There are several great spots for outdoor drinking in Budapest, so let me tell you some of them.
Deák Square, Akvárium
There is a huge green area in the city center where the Deák and Elizabeth Squares meet. It is full of benches, people walking their dogs and youngsters laying on the grass. Someone playing guitar badly with beads in their hair, smoking some shisha and drinking some fröccs (that’s a typical Hungarian drink: white or rosé wine mixed with some sparkling water). It is such a great place, next to a great bar, called Akvárium, which is literally an underground bar/restaurant/club, located under a small artificial lake, so when you are in there you feel like a fish in an aquarium (or a little poo looking up out of the toilet bowl), hence the name of the place.
The City Park is at the top end of Andrássy Boulevard and behind Heroes’ Square. It’s the second biggest green park in Budapest. The area itself is full of recreational amenities, such as the Széchenyi Spa, the State Circus, the Zoo, and much more. During spring and summer, you can enjoy the beauty of the artificial boating lake. In fact you’ll find plenty of green spots where you can enjoy some drinks. Also at the lake, there is a café with a great terrace offering a pretty view of Vajdahunyad Castle. The park itself is also famous among fitness freaks and there are various jogging routes around it.
Probably the best spot for some summer outdoor drinking is Margaret Island. It’s the largest green area/park in the city, located literally on the Danube, between the Margaret and Árpád bridges. It’s a huge area, a place for hotels, swimming pools, joggers, sportsmen, weird people in sandals with socks and picnickers. You can just bring your blanket, a picnic bag, bottles of drinks, lemonade and enjoy the sun. There are several catering facilities where you can also eat lángos (the famous Hungarian dish…you’ll need to make use of the jogging path after one of these). You can also rent bikes on the island and cruise around. There is a pretty garden of roses and a Japanese garden with a little zoo, as well.
So if you are planning to visit these parks with a bike, don’t hesitate and come into Yellow Zebra Bikes & Segways (16 Lázár street, 1065, Budapest) to get a yellow “zebra” for yourself and your friends. But don’t forget: don’t drink and drive!