The Glass is Half Full: Top Wine Bars Budapest

So when it came to deciding on where to go on holidays this year, there were a few places in the mix, but we LOVED Budapest so much the last time we were there we decided to go back again. Myself and my partner Shane were there last March and as beautiful as it was, it is a completely different city in the summer. Every footpath, square and vacant piece of land are turned into outdoor bars and seating areas, the atmosphere is amazing.

Being lovers of wine, we decided to go on a bit of wine bar hunt one of the days and here is what we found…….

Doblo Wine & Bar

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This beautiful wine bar is located on Dob Utca in district VII and boasts a large selection of Hungarian and European wines. The interior is very simple but at the same time amazing. The ceiling is vaulted and it is constructed entirely out of red brick. They have added mismatched furniture and quirky lighting which contrasts brilliantly with the original brick work.

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Their wines are served by the glass or by the bottle and a glass starts at around €2.50. Yeah, its that cheap. They also do great cheese and meat boards, which are super tasty and really compliment the wine. The only negative I have about Doblo’s is that they do not have an outdoor area, so it can get quite hot there in summer as the temperatures sore to 40+ degrees.

DiVino Wine Bar

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You will find DiVino Wine Bar just beside the Basilica in central Budapest. With an amazing view of the Basilica, there is an outdoor area with high tables and stools, which I sat at on more than one occasion during our holidays. 🙂 They also have a serving area outside, so you don’t have to go very far for a top up. 🙂 While the outdoor seating area is gorgeous, especially if you like people watching, the interior is what really caught my eye.

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As you enter through the front door, there is a large wine display on the left hand side, where you can purchase and take away. The bar itself extends right down to a large seating area made up of palette style tables, simple stools and leather banquet seating. The interior is very simple, but it has been designed so thoughtfully using a lot of raw materials, concrete, wood and leather. This is place not be missed if you are planning a trip to Budapest.

Kadarka Wine Bar

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We found Kadarka wine bar while we were strolling around District VII. It is on Kiraly Utca and really differs to that of the other two wine bars we visited. Again there is a seating area, but it is right on the footpath outside the bar, as many outdoor seating areas are in Budapest. We were greeted by the owner, who gave us a run down on all the wines, and recommended some delicious ones. While we were sipping over a glass, we were brought a basket of yummy cheese scones, (on the house) a really nice touch I thought.

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The interior is more colourful and playful than the previous wine bars, but it works really well here. It is located in a very up and coming area of Budapest, with lots of cool and trendy bars around, so it fits in really well with the surroundings. We returned here a few times during the week and after our second visit, it felt like we were regulars. 🙂

I have no doubt that I will return to Budapest, with so much design inspiration, amazing friendly people and fantastic food and wine, its a no brainer.

If you haven’t read my earlier blog post on cool ruin bars in Budapest, you can check it out here.

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks post, and I’d love to here if you have been anywhere cool and interesting lately.

Be Creative….

Joanne & the Think Contemporary team.

Oh and if you have any questions, or would just like some advice you can contact me at [email protected]


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