(CNN) – Budapest’s craft cocktail movement has seen new bars and clubs spread across the city like a steppe fire in recent years, making it so much harder to pick the best of the bunch.
While the ruin bars of the Hungarian capital offer a unique experience, the luxury bar scene here is second to none.
Whether you are looking to try handmade cocktails or the finest Tokaji wines, there is a wealth of glamorous bars to choose from, complete with sharply dressed staff and / or first-class mixologists.
COLLAGE – Brasserie & Bar
Kollázs Brasserie & Bar is located on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest.
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Located on the Four Seasons Gresham Palace, KOLLÁZS – Brasserie & Bar offers what is without a doubt the most beautiful surroundings in the whole city.
Serving everything from Tokaji wines to bespoke cocktails, its eye-catching drinks include Smokey Forest and the Invisible Hungarian, a crystal clear Negroni White made with Hungarian gin and a touch of bergamot, for citrus-like complexity.
There is also a delicious à la carte menu prepared by chef Árpád Győrffy, one of the finalists at the prestigious Bocuse d’Or Hungary competition.
Black Swan is one of the most stylish bars in town.
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This Art Deco-style bar is located in the heart of the Jewish Quarter and has been going from strength to strength since it opened in 2017.
The creative director András Ódor’s menu reflects authentic Hungarian culture and gastronomy and serves a wide range of bespoke cocktails and bar food.
The Echo cocktail – a delicious mix of Rosolio di Bergamotto, Tio Pepe sherry, coconut water, lime juice and a cucumber salt solution is one of the highlights.
Boutiq’Bar was previously named one of the 50 best cocktail bars in the world.
Boutiq’Bar is one of the best places to sip tailor-made cocktails in sumptuous, old-fashioned surroundings.
It was founded by former Soho House supremo Zoltán Nagy, and a strong London vibe is evident everywhere.
All the classics are available, as well as a range of specially blended drinks and expensive bottles of cognac.
We recommend Space Zombie – a powerful blend of Bulleit Bourbon whiskey, spices and grapefruit juice.
Blue Fox The Bar at Kempinski
Blue Fox The Bar is located on Kempinski in central Budapest.
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Kempinski Hotel’s Blue Fox The Bar, located in the middle of the popular fifth district, has some of the city’s more unique cocktails.
The Elysium bar menu shows some real goodies, from the delicious Oblivion and Liquid Soul to the bizarre and daring Taste of Electricity.
A night lounge complete with a music sommelier and live bands is at the center on Fridays and Saturdays.
You can also order a bite to eat from the hotel’s very own section of Nobu and have it brought to your table.
St. Andrea Wine & Skybar
St. Andrea Wine & Skybar serves cocktails and Irish coffee.
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St. Andrea Wine & Skybar delivers an all-round view of the spectacular Budapest skyline.
It is located at the top of Vörösmarty Square and has outdoor terraces for the summer months and an indoor bar for colder nights.
The bar’s highly trained staff whips a wide range of signature cocktails, including the black sheep – a citrusy blend of whiskey and amaro liqueur.
Visitors also have the opportunity to cuddle in some great gourmet bar snacks that can be rattled up in no time at all.
Nem wine Budapest
This trendy bar serves about 100 wines by the glass.
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Just a stone’s throw from the Hungarian Parliament building, Easy Wine offers a unique wine tasting experience in a sumptuous and lively bar atmosphere.
The bar has special self-service machines that allow guests to sample the 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 city’s best chefs ready to serve a decadent à la carte menu complete with delicious desserts.
High Note Skybar
The High Note Skybar offers great views of Budapest.
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Based on the five-star Aria Hotel, overlooking St. Stephen’s Basilica, High Note Skybar offers a unique bespoke cocktail menu with accompanying decor.
Change the theme twice a year, complete with distinctive drinks that relate to all the mystery – try The Wise Stones or the Youth Fountain mocktail with non-alcoholic spirits of wonder leaves, water kefir and seasonal fruit.
Dome Bar at the Ritz-Carlton
The Kupola Bar at the Ritz-Carlton has a menu of local wines and inventive cocktails.
The Kupola Bar at the Ritz-Carlton is decorated with large columns and large windows and offers a wide range of bespoke cocktails and bar treats.
The glamorous venue is located in the heart of the Fifth District, so it is ideally located for those eager to have a drink while shopping on the nearby Fashion Street.
Its available cocktails range from Moscow Mules to the finest champagne Kir Royale, and if you can not find what you are looking for, the bartender will make it for you.
360 Bar’s impressive roof terrace is filled with igloos.
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As the name suggests, 360 Bar offers an impressive 360-degree view of Budapest with a roof terrace made up of heated igloos.
This popular location, accessed via a hidden door on Andrassy Avenue, is busy all year round, especially during the summer months.
The menu here is filled with handmade cocktails along with tasty bar snacks.
Tokyo Iced Teas is highly recommended, as are the delicious beef burgers.
Paris Passage Café & Brasserie
This beautifully designed place is both an exquisite restaurant and a stylish bar.
Paris Passage Café & Brasserie
The beautifully designed Párisi Passage Café & Brasserie stands in the Parisian courtyard of the Párisi Udvar Hotel, housed in a revived Art Nouveau shopping arcade.
Guests can enjoy international cuisine as well as bespoke cocktails, such as Midnight in Budapest.
A delicious blend of Martell VSOP Cognac and five-year-old Márton és Lányai apple brandy – Martell representing France and brandy embodying Hungary – it’s the perfect cocktail.
Minute Lounge & Bar
Minute Lounge & Bar’s impressive Art Deco décor is one of its many highlights.
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Located on Andrassy Avenue, the Minute Lounge & Bar offers a refined menu of bespoke art deco-style cocktails.
From the tasty Quintessential, which consists of 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 alcoholic combinations are on display here.
The luxury bar’s attentive, well-informed staff and its delightful food menu – hummus and duck liver tart flambée is a special highlight – only add to its appeal.
Twentysix Budapest is surrounded by about 34 types of plants and is described as an urban jungle.
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Twentysix Budapest is located in the heart of the capital’s party district and offers a unique garden bar experience in a courtyard with a glass dome.
Divided into four areas – house, garden, studio and shop – this urban jungle is ideal for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
The garden serves a wide range of food and drink, complete with a wine, cocktail and pálinka bar filled with the finest Hungarian blends.
The mixology menu features an extensive selection of cocktails, including all the classics with a special twist.