Fat Mo's Speakeasy: "Vaci Utca: Upmarket for Expats" Top 5 Page for this destination Budapest Nightlife Tip by antistar
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My first New Year's Eve in Budapest was spent downmarket and local as you can get: gypsy bands and Hungarian folk rock underneath Deak Ter. The next NYE was spent at the opposite end of the spectrum: I actually felt the need to iron my clothes!
This close to Vaci Utca you can be assured that it's full on tourist and expatville. The waiter was even surprised to hear I could say thanks in Hungarian, let alone count down to midnight, say "happy new year" and help with some of the food translations... so you can guess that few locals come here.
It's not surprising: it's expensive and tailored to foreigners. Sometimes in Budapest that can lead to sub-standard service and food, but not here. It comes highly recommended. But nothing in Budapest is that costly, and you'll find the beers, and especially the wines, and well priced and good quality.
Expect an American prohibition design, with comfy, leather seated booths, and lots of wood panelling. The waiters are excellent and proud of their job, although the service charge in the bills is annoying if you like to tip.
There's live music at weekends, usually blues or jazz.
Dress Code: Smarter than casual.
Address: Nyáry Pál utca 11
Directions: Walk up Vaci Utca from the green Petofi Bridge and take a right at the church. It's just up on your right.
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