Luxury bars in Budapest: the best places to visit

(CNN) – In recent years, the craft cocktail movement in Budapest has seen new bars and clubs spread like wildfire across the city, making it much more difficult to choose the best of the many.

While the bars in the ruins of the Hungarian capital offer a unique experience, the luxury bars here are second to none.

Whether you’re looking for hand-crafted cocktails or the finest wines from Tokaya, there are plenty of glamorous bars to choose from, staffed by stylishly dressed staff and/or top-notch bartenders.

From High Note Skybar to Blue Fox The Bar at Kempinski, here is a list of the best luxury bars in Budapest.

KOLLÁZS – Brasserie & Bar

KOLLÁZS - Brasserie & Bar, Four Seasons Budapest

Kollázs Brasserie & Bar is located on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest.

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KOLLÁZS – Brasserie & Bar, located at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace, offers perhaps the most luxurious setting in the entire city.

Offering everything from Tokaj wines to bespoke cocktails, its standout drinks include smoky woods and invisible Hungarian, crystal clear Negroni White, crafted with Hungarian gin and a hint of bergamot for citrus complexity.

There is also a delicious a la carte menu prepared by Chef Árpád Györffy, one of the finalists of the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition in Hungary.

Black Swan

Black Swan Budapest

Black Swan is one of the most stylish bars in town.

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Situated in the heart of the Jewish Quarter, this Art Deco bar has been gaining momentum since it opened in 2017.

Creative Manager András Odor’s menu reflects true Hungarian culture and gastronomy, offering a range of bespoke cocktails and bar specialties.

The Echo cocktail – a delicious blend of Rosolio di Bergamotto, Tio Pepe sherry, coconut water, lime juice and cucumber salt solution – is one of its highlights.

Black Swan, Budapest, Klauzál utca 32, 1072; +36 30 663 5270

Boutique’Bar

Boutique bar, Budapest

Boutiq’Bar was previously voted one of the top 50 cocktail bars in the world.

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Boutiq’Bar is one of the best places to order signature cocktails in a luxurious old school setting.

He was co-founded by former Soho House executive Zoltan Nagy and there is a strong London feel to everything.

All the classics are available, as well as many specially blended drinks and expensive bottles of Cognac.

We recommend Space Zombie, a powerful blend of Bulleit Bourbon whiskey, spices and grapefruit juice.

Boutique ‘Bar, Budapest, Paulay Ede u. 5, 1061; +36 30 554 2323

Blue Fox Bar at Kempinski

Blue Fox Bar at Kempinski

Blue Fox The Bar is located in the Kempinski Hotel in the center of Budapest.

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Located right in the heart of the popular Fifth Arrondissement, Blue Fox The Bar at the Kempinski serves some of the city’s most unique cocktails.

There are some real treats on the Elysium bar menu, from the delicious Oblivion and Liquid Soul to the whimsical and daring Taste of Electricity.

On Fridays and Saturdays, the nightlife lounge with music sommelier and live music takes center stage.

You can also order a snack from the hotel’s own Nobu branch and order it to your table.

St. Andrea Vino and Skybar

St.  Andrea Vino and Skybar

St. Andrea Wine & Skybar serves cocktails as well as Irish coffee.

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St. The Andrea Wine & Skybar offers panoramic views of Budapest’s breathtaking skyline.

Located on Vörösmarty Square, it has outdoor terraces for the summer months and an indoor bar for chilly nights.

The bar’s highly trained staff prepares a variety of signature cocktails, including Black Sheep, a citrus blend of whiskey and amaro liqueur.

Visitors also have the opportunity to feast on excellent gourmet bar snacks that can be prepared in no time.

Light wine Budapest

Light wine Budapest

This trendy bar offers around 100 wines on tap.

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Just a stone’s throw from the Hungarian Parliament building, Easy Wine offers a unique wine tasting experience in a chic and lively bar atmosphere.

The bar has special self-service machines that allow guests to taste wines before choosing a glass.

You can even take home a bottle of your favorite drink at the end of the evening – Cruxx Gemina Sour Cherry Wine is worth a try.

Easy Wine also has one of the best chefs in the city, who prepares a decadent à la carte menu with delicious desserts.

light wine, Budapest, Hold utca 23, 1054; +36 70 336 7717

High Note Skybar

High Note Skybar, Aria Hotel Budapest

The High Note Skybar offers fantastic views of Budapest.

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Based in the five-star Aria Hotel overlooking St. Stephen’s Basilica, the High Note Skybar offers a unique cocktail menu with matching décor.

A change of theme twice a year, complete with signature drinks referring to all things mystical – try the non-alcoholic cocktail “Philosopher’s Stone” or “Fountain of Youth” with non-alcoholic spirit from the miraculous leaf, water kefir and seasonal fruits.

Dome Bar at the Ritz-Carlton

Dome Bar at the Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton’s Dome Bar offers a menu of local wines and creative cocktails.

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Decorated with majestic pillars and huge windows, The Domes Bar at the Ritz-Carlton offers a wide selection of cocktails and bar treats to order.

The glamorous establishment is located in the heart of the 5th arrondissement, making it ideal for those who want to have a drink while shopping on the nearby Fashion Street.

The cocktails available range from Moscow Mules to the finest Kir Royale champagne, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, the bartender will make it for you.

360 bar

Bar 360, Budapest

The impressive rooftop terrace of Bar 360 is filled with igloos.

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As the name suggests, Bar 360 offers an impressive 360-degree view of Budapest from a rooftop terrace made up of heated igloos.

Accessed through a secret door on Andrássy Avenue, this popular spot is busy throughout the year, especially during the summer months.

The menu here is filled with handcrafted cocktails as well as delicious bar snacks.

The Tokyo iced teas are highly recommended, as are the delicious beef burgers.

360 bar, Budapest, Andrassy street, 39, 1061; +36 30 356 3047

Cafe and brasserie Paris Passage

Cafe and brasserie Paris Passage

This beautifully designed place is both a sophisticated restaurant and a stylish bar.

Cafe and brasserie Paris Passage

The beautifully decorated Párisi Passage Café and Brasserie is located in the Parisian courtyard of the Párisi Udvar Hotel, located in a restored Art Nouveau shopping arcade.

Guests can enjoy international cuisine as well as bespoke cocktails such as Midnight in Budapest.

A delightful combination of Martell VSOP cognac and five year old Márton és Lányai apple brandy – Martell representing France and brandy representing Hungary – is the perfect cocktail.

Minute Lounge Bar

Luxury bars in Budapest - Minute Lounge & Bar

The Minute Lounge Bar features impressive Art Deco décor.

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Minute Lounge Bar, located on Andrássy Avenue, offers a gourmet menu of bespoke cocktails in an Art Deco setting.

From the delicious Quintessential, made with bourbon, pumpkin spice, cream, egg white, citrus, orange blossom and soda, to the bold Pho’Eva, made with tequila, Fino sherry, pho, lime and chili, some unique alcohol combinations are on display here.

The luxurious bar’s attentive, well-informed staff and its delicious menu of food, especially hummus and duck liver tarte flambé, only add to its charm.

twenty six budapest

Luxury bars in Budapest - Twentysix Budapest

Twentysix Budapest, surrounded by about 34 plant species, is called the urban jungle.

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Located in the heart of the capital’s party district, Twentysix Hotel Budapest is a unique garden bar set in a glass-domed courtyard.

This urban jungle, divided into four zones: home, garden, studio and shop, is ideal for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The garden serves a wide selection of food and drinks, as well as wine, cocktails and a palinka bar filled with the best Hungarian blends.

The mixology menu features an extensive selection of cocktails, including all the classics with a special twist.