Several sophisticated wine bars are located around Budapest where you’re sure to find a new favorite wine be it a local Hungarian wine or something international. Sip on a glass of red or white as you nibble on a cheese board and enjoy your evening.
Here are the spots that made our list:
Doblo Wine Bar: Visitors can enjoy wine tasting packages that are well-thought-out and provided by knowledgeable staff. Even for those who simply want to visit the bar without experiencing the packages, the live music and interior design create an enjoyable atmosphere.
DiVino Borbár: Located in the middle of Gozsdu courtyard, right across from the cathedral, is a wine bar with a colourful outdoor patio. While the staff are mostly quite young, they are still very well-informed about the 100 different wines available, most of which are Hungarian. For those who aren’t sure which to choose, there is the option to taste before buying.
0,75 bistro: This high-end bistro can be found in the square of the basilica and offers views of the church. Each wine displays a description of its origin, but the staff are there to offer any guidance through the wide selection.
Kadarka Bár: With a minimalist interior and extensive list of Hungarian wines, visitors can expect a refined wine tasting experience. Kadarka offers a diverse range of flavours that is bound to suit all individual tastes. As the bar is located in the centre of Budapest, it can be quite crowded, even on weekdays, so booking in advance is recommended.
Palack: Whether enjoying a few drinks or grabbing a bite to eat, accommodating and knowledgeable staff ensure that visitors have the best Hungarian wine for their occasion. For those who don’t speak much Hungarian, there are wine recommendations next to most of the food items on the menu.
Grinzingi Borozó: Just off the main streets of Budapest is this traditional Hungarian corner bar. It is ideal for those looking for a simple place to grab a quick drink or some food. There are even helpful pictures next to the menu items. Please note that smoking is permitted indoors, so it can become quite smoky inside.
St. Andrea Wine & Gourmet Bar: Visitors can expect a high level of gastronomy and service in both the restaurant and the wine room. Expect creative Hungarian dishes paired with wines that are mostly unavailable outside of St. Andrea’s own winery.
DiVino Gozsdu: Located in the Jewish Quarter is this popular establishment for wine and beer. Even after asking only a few questions, the very knowledgeable staff will know exactly which Hungarian wine is the most suitable. The interior is very large and open, making it wheelchair accessible, and the live music creates a dynamic atmosphere.
OINOS WineBar Bistrot: There are so many fine wines to choose from here, but after a thorough tasting and decanting, led by friendly staff, guests are rewarded with their ideal wine. Expect a true Italian experience with a substantial selection of Italian cheeses, salamis, and homemade focaccia.
Oportó Borozó: A Portuguese-style chain restaurant with a cozy atmosphere and a surprisingly good selection of wine. It provides the ideal location for a friendly local, and the option to play foosball adds to thes relaxed vibe.
Mátra Borozó: An authentic Hungarian restaurant with friendly staff who help to create a warm ambience. They serve delicious traditional wine and food for a reasonable price. Mátra Borozó’s signature combination is wine and homemade sausage.
Cintányéros: Just a few minutes walk from Corvin promenade is this inviting bohemian wine bar with a unique selection of Hungarian wines. Surrounded by 1920s-styled Spanish interior, visitors can also enjoy a live piano set every Friday. . The knowledgeable staff will give thoughtful wine recommendations, but please note that it is cash only.
vinoWonka Csokoládé és Borbár: Uniquely, vinoWonka offer homemade chocolates to accompany their wide selection of wine, which mostly originate from small vineyards around Hungary and are not available in normal supermarkets. As there is limited space inside, make sure you book in advance.
Wine-Bar Andante: Budapest’s original wine bar is not located as centrally as others, but the view of the chain bridge over Danube river is said to make up for it. Creating a nice ambience, there are usually violinists playing tasteful music while helpful servers do well to talk you through the Hungarian wine list.
Tasting Table Budapest: A unique experience where visitors can try various wines poured by the winemakers themselves. During the tasting, winemakers will discuss the personal history and details of each individual drink; it’salmost like time-travel through Hungary’s association with wine.
VinoPiano – Wine Bar: A charming little bar that offers a wide selection of wine from small wineries all over Hungary. The staff are very knowledgeable, allowing visitors to discover interesting aspects of the small, lesser-known wineries. Small glasses are also available, allowing visitors to try a wider variety.
Szalonspicc Coffee and Wine Bar: Located in Buda, this small, friendly bar offers a very classic Hungarian wine and champagne list that compliments their high-quality food. Even though it is presented in a relaxed atmosphere, visitors should expect higher prices.
Drop Shop Wine Bar: In this modern wine bar located between Parliament and Margaret’s bridge, visitors should expect an extensive selection of both Hungarian and international wines. While there may be a lot to choose from, the knowledgeable staff are there to help you with your decision.
D.O.C Vino Bar: This Italian wine bar in downtown Budapest provides a relaxed, no-fuss experience. The small size of the establishment creates an intimate atmosphere, which suits the friendly staff who will make you feel welcomed.
Faust Wine Cellar: The incredible location of this 800-year-old wine cellar beneath a monastery creates a unique impression the moment you enter. Several different tasting options means there is an ideal experience for anyone.
Wine & U: A quaint bar located beside the bustling streets of Budapest. The knowledgeable staff here seem dedicated to making each visitor has the right Hungarian wine. They will explain the origins and characteristics of each wine, and you are able to taste many before reaching a decision.
Press House 47: Right near Central Market Hall in Budapest is an establishment that invites curiosity towards Hungarian culture. The owner will serve traditional Hungarian food and guide visitors through their wine selection with his extensive knowledge of Hungary’s 22 wine regions.
Tal Gur is a world traveler and personal development enthusiast. An adventurer at heart, after trading his daily grind for a life of his own daring design, Tal spent a decade pursuing 100 major life goals around the globe. His journey continues as a location-independent blogger, lifestyle entrepreneur, and coach. Tal’s published two books: One Year to Freedom, a 1-Year Roadmap to Living Life on Your Own Terms; and, his most recent book and bestseller, The Art of Fully Living – 1 Man, 10 Years, 100 Life Goals Around the World.