Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, has become more and more famous for its amazing nightlife and pub culture. The ruin bar phenomenon is well-known, however, there is a special form of pubs emerging from the nightlife scene, the rooftop bars. These open air bars provide you with an amazing view while drinking your favourite beverages.
The A38 boat used to be a Soviet stone-carrier ship, now a cultural centre, is located on the Buda side of the Danube river at the Southern part of the city center. It might seem to be far from the centre, but it can easily be reached by trams nr. 4 or 6, that run 24 hours. Voted the best bar in the world by Lonely Planet in 2011, the boat clearly keeps up with the expectations. Its main area can host up to 600 visitors and has had world-famous acts performed upon its stage. The other areas include a restaurant and two bars upon the deck and the roof. From the rooftop terrace, you can get a beautiful view of both the Buda and the Pest side of the city, including the Citadel, the National Theatre, and the Palace of Arts.
The prices of draught beers range between 2 and 3 Euros, wines can be bought by the bottle or in glasses, costing 1-2 Euros/dl.
Transformed from the top floors of a shopping mall into one of the most frequented bars of Budapest. Located in the city centre at Blaha Lujza square it is easily reachable. The place has a main hall, a bistro, a smaller hall, and a rooftop terrace. The rooftop terrace accommodates 250 people, and has a smaller bar as well as a 4 metre tall tower that provides a beautiful view of the city centre, making the roof the combination of an open air ruin bar and a view tower. Half a litre of draught beer is around 1,5 Euros, which is quite a decent price compared to some of the other central venues of the city. The main hall hosts both gigs and DJs, you can easily dance the night away here and walk home with the rising sun.
The 360 Bar is located at 39 Andrássy Avenue, between the Opera House and Oktogon Square. It is the highest rooftop of Budapest, with a 360 degree view of the amazing landscape. They serve quite a range of cocktails priced between 4 and 7 Euros, draught beer costs 2-3 Euros, and you can get your hands on some mouthwatering foods as well. Be aware that the 360 Bar is open until 3 am Thursdays to Saturdays, however, Sundays to Wednesdays it is open only until Midnight.
The bar is located in the buzzing Gozsdu Courtyard, in the middle of the Jewish district near Deák Square, and is famous for its nightlife and bar scene. This is probably the newest and trendiest place of Budapest at the moment, from the terrace you can get a glimpse of the beautiful rooftops of the area and the dome of the Saint Stephen's Basilica, grab a drink here and enjoy the sunset, then stay for a great party.
Located at the foot of the Chain Bridge, Raqpart is definitely a place with an amazing view. You can see the Buda side in its nighttime glory, with the Citadel, the Buda Castle, and the Chain Bridge lit up. Raqpart will reopen for the summer on the 1st of May, with an amazing array of wines (1,3-2 Euros/dl) and pálinkas (3-8 Euros/4cl) on its menu as well as some of the most tasty foods priced between 3 and 7 Euros.
The rooftop bar can host up to 100 visitors, and entertains them with the coolest nu disco and deephouse tunes. Tip Top Bar, at 4 Királyi Pál Street, is a bit tricky to get to, you need to take the elevator from Publikus café located between Kálvin Square and Egyetem Square, or you can take the stairs if you wish to. Open from Wednesdays to Sundays between 4 pm and Midnight, order a fröccs (wine and soda), and enjoy the summer evenings.