THURSDAY, DECEMBER 07, 2017
The rumors you’ve heard are true: Budapest is THE place to party this side of the Adriatic. With clubs that go off until 6am every night of the week, every day of the year, cheap drinks, and cool venues, the possibilities (and your state of drunkenness) are endless. With so many options, how can you ever decide where to go for the best night of your life?
Not to worry, young grasshopper, below you can find an itinerary for a fun, crazy, and rather ambitious night out. Be warned: this is not for the faint of heart. You must be able to drink like there’s no tomorrow and party down well through the night if you want to succeed. Challenge accepted? Read on.
Take advantage of the early hours of the evening, before this hot spot of Budapest’s legendary nightlife gets too busy, and begin with a few (or ten) drinks here in this cool ruin pub. An all-purpose venue for farmers markets, film festivals, open-air cinema, and late night drinking alike, the eclectic mix of strange decorations, multiple rooms to wander through, and indoor and outdoor options will put you in the perfect mood to get weird tonight. Chill out in the bathtub-turned-seating, sit at a table that used to be a car, or bring a deck of cards for a cheeky drinking game or two. Even the bathrooms have a quirky vibe to them, with gems like a mermaid guarding the entrance, an old rotary phone for a door handle, and messages from travellers around the world scrawled all over the walls. With such a unique atmosphere and relatively cheap beer prices, you’ll be sure to spend many hours here before moving on to the next hectic stop of the night.
Now to put you in the right frame of mind for the following epic escapade, let’s paint a picture, shall we? Imagine sailing down the beautiful Danube River. The incredibly lit up Parliament building, Fisherman’s Bastion, and Liberty Statue are slowly moving past, providing the perfect photo opportunity. There are sick tunes bumping, unlimited drinks at your disposal, and the pretty party people are grooving on the dance floor. Welcome to Friday (and Monday and Thursday…) night, where you can get absolutely smashed on a boat with fellow fun-seekers and rowdy revelers. Try your hand at beer pong, make new friends, win a t-shirt, get your disco dance on, and get glittered up during this two and a half hour river cruise of madness.
Relax. We are not suggesting that after a two and a half hour all-you-can-drink boat party that you try to navigate yourself to the further good times ahead. Rather, we suggest follow the crowd, because the Budapest Boat Party includes free entry to a sick club AND awesome guides who know exactly where to go, and will take your drunken little arse all the way there. Prepare to dance until the wee hours of the morning, because standard closing times for the hottest clubs in Budapest are 5 or 6am. Don’t worry, you’ll be taken to the best club for getting your boogie on no matter what day of the week you’re throwing down. After all, this is the true city that never sleeps.
The party at the club has finally ended and you’re not ready for this magical night to end? Good. This is where you need to dig deep down to your inner party strength and gear up for your next adventure. You probably heard about it when you hopped on a free walking tour within the first day of arriving in Budapest: hiking to the famed Citadel. But this time, you’ll have it practically to yourself at the best time to go - sunrise.
Calm down, it’s not going to be as hard as it sounds, especially when you haven’t stopped drinking for the last 6 hours. Take a few cold beers with you, and you’ll hardly notice the journey. When you’ve reached the top and are cracking fresh beers as the sun slowly rises over the beauteous city you’ve just conquered, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment like none other.
What better way to avoid a hangover than by resting your alcohol sodden body in pools of steaming water? Right at the bottom of the Citadel, opening at an eager 6am, is one of the major natural hot spring baths in Budapest. Let the peace and quiet of early mornings at this alluring historic 100 year old spa soothe your wrecked mind. You may even come across some overly motivated locals out for a swim to start their day. If you don’t feel up to mixing with people who obviously have their lives together enough to be thinking about their health this early in the morning, you might want to hide your shameful face in the sauna and to try to sweat out the leftover alcohol - although why you would want to remove alcohol from your system is a mystery to us.
Let’s be real: though soaking in the hot waters of the beautiful Gellert Spa is the perfect relaxing way to ease the pain of your aching muscles from all that dancing, your hangover is likely still on its way. Before your sleepy head droops dangerously low into the water of the 36 degree bath, head back over to the Pest side of the river to indulge in some greasy food and mimosas. Our suggestion: STIKA, where you can get a great cup of coffee and the classic breakfast foods run aplenty. Think eggs any way you can dream up, bacon, pancakes, sausage… even special burgers for our gluten free friends, or oatmeal with almond milk for you tree-hugging vegans out there. Stuff your bellies till you can eat no more, and waddle your way back to your backpacker hostel for a massive nap. After all, you’ve got a big night ahead of you, right?
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