If you like your nightlife vibrant then you will find plenty of things to do in Budapest at night, from sophisticated cocktail lounges to lively nightclubs, traditional taverns and mellow bars
Read up and see what Budapest nightlife offers to you.
Go to a comedy night
Laugh, Brody, Laugh is an English comedy night in Budapest certain to tickle your funny bone. Bringing a talented bunch of international comedians to the stage on a weekly basis, this is probably the best place to go in Budapest if you want an evening of hilarity. When you’re done laughing why not get tickets to one of Brodyland’s poetry slams, game nights or themed cocktail classes.
Red Route, Stop: Octogon/Liszt Ferenc Square
Visit the circus
One of the best things to do with kids in Budapest at night is take them for an evening of magic and mystery at Capital Circus. From rope acts, aerial stunts, and trampoline acrobatics, the audience is invited to experience a show where imagination knows no bounds. The program changes on a seasonal basis and tickets sell out fast so we recommend purchasing yours once you’ve sorted flights and hotels in Budapest.
Red Route, Stop: Heroes' Square
Take in a show
With its neo-baroque golden exterior inspired by Viennese architecture, the Operetta Theatre is a true landmark and a must-visit in Budapest. Dress to impress and spend a night watching an unforgettable performance in a superb location. Our favourites include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Gypsy Princess and Sister Act, but with 500 performances a year to choose from, you’re bound to get tickets to something fabulous.
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Red Route, Stop: Opera
Have a drink with a view
Situated by the shore of the Danube is this picturesque waterfront bar, Raqpart, just waiting for you to discover. If you’re wondering what to do in Budapest at night, this is the best place to go for a cocktail. You can watch the sun set on this beautiful city and have a front row seat to the light show on the Danube Bridge. The atmosphere here is so inviting we won’t be surprised if you stay until closing. Order a shisha to share with your friends and some delicious food from their menu, we recommend the Hake & Chips.
Red & Blue Route, Stop: Chain Bridge
Marvel at a piece of Hungarian history
You’ll feel like royalty when you visit the breath-taking Buda Castle. Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, we suggest waiting until nightfall before seeing how the other half live. Learn all about the heritage of Budapest and its exciting history with a walking tour, or go for one of the many festivals and firework shows that take place in the castle’s courtyards and grounds. As this is one of Budapest’s main attractions be sure to add a trip here to your itinerary.
Blue & Green Route, Stop: Castle/Funicular
Discover a ruin bar
What do you do with a derelict industrial space? Change into a hip drinking den the locals can’t get enough of…of course! Ruin Bars are all the rage in Budapest and are a rite of passage for anyone visiting the city and wondering where to go after dark. Szimpla Kert is rumoured to be the bar that started the craze and when you go here for a drink, you’ll immediately realise why other venues decided to imitate the atmosphere, décor and thriving vibe. Mingle with interesting locals in their beautiful garden. Check out our guide to Budapest's Best Ruin Bars.
Red & Blue Route, Stop: Astoria
These are some of the best places to visit in Budapest at night. Choose just one of these options or end every night of your trip at a different location and you’re bound to have a ball. Once you’re done soaking up the electric nightlife, why not cool off, recover and relax with our guide to the Best Thermal Spas in Budapest.