The LGBT+ scene in Budapest

Budapest has a very lively gay scene. The past decades have brought a great deal of general tolerance and new possibilities for the gay community. As a result, the city now has one of the best gay scenes in Central Europe. Budapest is gaining more and more popularity among tourists including LGBT+ people, straight people and everybody in-between.

Budapest Pride (www.budapestpride.com) is held every year, during which an increasing number of LGBT+ people as well as allies both from Hungary and abroad come to celebrate. In 2019, following several years of being separated with crowd barriers from anti-protestors as well as the general public, participants could walk freely again during the parade. A huge step for freedom of identity!

The city also has a constantly increasing array of clubs, bars, gay-friendly restaurants, saunas, cruising areas and drag shows as well as underground and mainstream parties. Whether you’re here to do some sightseeing or party hard and leave the city tipsy, we are excited to have you here.

There is, however, way more to Budapest than partying. One of the main stages and the LGBT+ venue of Sziget Festival, the 4-time winner at the European Festivals Awards,, Magic Mirror hosts a wide range of LGBT-themed programs such as film screenings, panel discussions, cabaret, dance and theatre productions as well as workshops that give you an excellent opportunity to find out what it means to be gay in Hungary.

HUMEN, one of the most active LGBT-related companies in Hungary, has been hosting a festival focused on LGBT culture (http://www.humenfesztival.hu) for four years. What started as a one-week film festival, has now grown to be an all-around art festival during which dozens of LGBT-themed movies, theater performances, guided exhibition tours and photo exhibitions are also included. Also, those interested can take part in free and anonymous HIV-screening or enjoy the Rainbow Brunch on the second Saturday of every month.

Hungary has also joined the Mr. Gay World contest, with the first Mr. Gay Hungary crowned in 2018, who achieved to bring home the title of 2nd runner up in the international competition.

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AlterEgo Club – The Gay Club of Budapest

Right in the heart of the city, Alterego is the only gay club of Budapest that has also been a reference point for many generations. It is a great place whether you simply want to have a drink or dance into the early hours. Don’t miss the Drag Show on Friday and Saturday night with brilliant performances by Lady Dömper and her troupe of fabulous drag artists, followed by a late night top chart-hits party on two dance floors with two DJs. Programs are available on their website in advance.

Gaga
A brand new jewel in downtown, a nice mixture of a café and bar with a small dance floor in the basement. Gaga is just opening their wings with various and exciting programs waiting to be discovered. Gaga is the new home for the Oops pasties every Friday night! Waste no time and look up on Facebook what’s happening this week.

 


LÄRM

A gay-friendly club, focused on techno and house music. The party is held in the Fogasház complex, next to the tourist-favorite club Instant, so if you see a long queue, don’t freak out just yet. Go straight to the door under the LÄRM light sign and you’re good to go. If the bouncers try to stop you, you just need to tell them the name of the club – they are simply trying to make sure you are going to the right place.


Garçons

Often billed as “underground as well as glamorous”, Garçons has now become synonymous with “a new era in chic clubbing”. We definitely agree. Appealing mostly to a younger crowd, these parties attract popular guest DJs and lots of people looking to have a good time.


HELLO

One of the coolest parties in town. A chic, young and fun-loving audience comes together to party and dance to pop music and chart hits. Keep an eye open for the club photographer to get yourself immortalized on their Facebook page.


OMOH

The Hungarian replica of Berlin’s gay nightlife merged into a long party, which runs till 8am. This is the party where you can shamelessly let go and be yourself, feel the music and hang out with people from the queer Budapest scene. The latest editions also had an official clothing-optional afterparty at Sauna 69.


VIBE

Don’t be basic, feel the VIBE! One of the most inclusive parties in Budapest where anyone can have a good time, no matter what your tribe is. Gays, lesbians, urban queers and their friends with a fresh approach, join us!


Persephone

Persephone showcases a diversity of musical genres ranging from underground house and classic disco to techno, focusing on female artists, queer and trans folks, people of color, underrepresented communities and their allies.


Ösztrosokk

The longest-running lesbian party series in the city. On special nights, the party is also open to men – simply look on their Facebook page for more info on that. Club dance and retro tunes.


WOW! – Women on Women

Lesbian party once a month in Toldi Cinema which markets itself as the right place for lipstick lesbians, but all beautiful ladies and their friends are welcome – straight, gay, male, female, and everybody in-between.

START THE NIGHT WITH SOME DRINKS AT A GAY BAR!

Habroló

One of the oldest bars in town but surely not a boring one. Sing your favorite songs in this karaoke bar with a mixed clientele, reasonable prices and a cheerful, friendly atmosphere.

Address: Budapest, 1053 Budapest, Szép utca 1/b (close to M3 metro station Ferenciek tere)

Kimberly Café & Bar

Hetero-friendly gay bar right in the city center. Whether you want to have a nice coffee in the late afternoon, a drink to start the party, or show off your skills at their karaoke nights or drag shows, this is a great option for you.

Address: 1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 66. (close to M3 metro station Nyugati pályaudvar)

Phoenix Bar

The best cocktails in town, with the best value for your money. Come and enjoy one of the traditional cocktails, or try some of their specialties, while you enjoy great drag shows by the local queens.

Address: 1065 Budapest, Hajós utca 27. (close to M3 metro station Arany János utca)

Why Not? Café and Bar

A legend in Budapest, this café and bar boasts a great view of the Danube. Regular karaoke and quiz nights are organized in a relaxed atmosphere to meet your friends for a drink or two. A mainstay of Budapest’s gay scene, this bar is well worth a visit.

Address: 1056 Budapest, Belgrád rakpart 3. (close to M4 metro station Fővám tér)

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Black Dream

Budapest’s only gay sex shop. Whether you’re a hardcore fetish guy or just want to try something  kinky, this is the right place for you to go and get all the gear you need.

Address: 1085 Budapest, Mária utca 9. (close to M4 metro station and tram 4/6 station Rákóczi tér)

CoXx 

A cruising bar that includes a car, a sling and a prison room where you can make your wildest fantasies come true. A major player in the gay scene of Budapest favored by locals and tourists alike.

Address: 1074 Budapest, Dohány utca 38. (close to M2 metro station Blaha Lujza tér)

Magnum

The largest sauna in Budapest with 2 floors and a total area of 700 square meters that include a jacuzzi, a steam room, a dark playground, the sauna world with 4 kinds of saunas, an entertainment room and even a pinball machine, which you can use for free!

Its special events include Slave Night, Wellness Wednesdays performing the ancient Aufguss steaming method, OctoBear Weekend, Drag Night, and Naked Party.

Open non-stop from 1:00PM on Saturdays to midnight on Sunday, Magnum Sauna is the only gay place open non-stop in Budapest during weekends. Tickets are valid for ten hours and they include a towel, slippers and a condom.

Address: 1085 Budapest, Csepreghy utca 2. (close to tram 4/6 station Harminckettesek tere)

Szauna 69

Szauna 69 has established itself in the Budapest scene as the gay bathhouse for younger people. It offers all the typical elements that you would expect in a sauna: a jacuzzi and a steam room as well as cabins and dark areas that even include a labyrinth.

Its programs include a Foam Party every Friday, FKK (Freikörperkultur = Free Body Culture in German, encouraging people to enjoy the natural feeling of being naked), themed parties and live sex shows. A towel and slippers are included in the entry fee.

Address: 1096 Budapest, Angyal utca 2. (close to tram 4/6 station Boráros tér)

Budapest has two dedicated gay restaurants: Club 93 Pizzeria (Vas utca 2.) and Why Not Bistro Budapest (on Belgrád rakpart, close to Why Not? Cafe & Bar). Both offer delicious dishes and excellent service. Moreover, Why Not Bistro is located directly on the bank of the Danube, offering an amazing view of Gellért Hill.

The city’s only gay gym, Tempelfit (Paulay Ede utca 25-27.) is right in the heart of the city. Expect great service, a wide array of machines and equipment as well as a Finnish sauna for members.

Finally, the Anonym AIDS Tanácsadó Szolgálat (Anonymous AIDS Advice Service) is the city’s point of contact for STD check-ups, consultations and anonymous, free HIV-testing for everybody (Karolina út 35/B). You can also check the services at Saint Cosmas Health Center ( Auróra utca 22-28.).

Committed to encourage and promote safe sex, both Magnum Sauna and Saune 69 host occassional free HIV testing nights. Visit their websites for more details.

Highlights of the new LGBTQ quarter of Budapest

The new gay quarter of Budapest has been forming in the past months, or a year to say so. While Andrássy út is lined with high-fashion stores, the crossing at Nagymező utca still preserves its role as ”the Broadway of Budapest’, not only with a lot of the theaters in the area, but also with LGBT+ venues waiting for you to discover them!

10 Sixty-Six Bar

The 10 Sixty-six Bar is not your regular breakfast place, rather a buzzing hub offering a wide range of special food items as well as entertaining programs. Open from 10am until 10pm, you have no other job than to enjoy a lazy breakfast, or, if you are visiting in the evening, have a tasty dinner accompanied by some fine wine in the open-minded and comfy atmosphere. The place also hold the so-called Rainbow Brunch on the second Sunday of every month.

Address: 1066 Budapest, Ó utca 37. (close to M1 metro and tram 4/6 station Oktogon)

Alterego

At AlterEgo, everybody can find the tunes that make them shake it like a polaroid picture. Whether you like pop, R’n’B, dance or electro, you will have a chance to show off your skills on the two separate dance floors.

Address: 1066 Budapest, Dessewffy utca 33. (close to M1 metro station or tram 4/6 station Oktogon)

Kimberly Café & Bar

Popular gay bar on Nagymező Street, in the center of Budapest. Kimberly offers a selection of foreign and local beers and other drinks, live music, drag queen shows and karaoke nights. The place has a nice gallery, which is an excellent venue for birthday parties, smaller meetings and even weddings.

Address: 1065 Budapest, Nagymező utca 66.(close toM3 metro station Nyugati pályaudvar)

Phoenix Bar

Budapest’s cozy gay cocktail bar opened last autumn in the city center of Budapest, next to the famous Opera House. With its Great Gatsby-ish interior, Phoenix evokes the feeling of a real American cocktail bar from the 1930s, while its drag shows give you the best impressions of today’s pop divas as well as traditional Hungarian tunes.

Address: 1065 Budapest, Hajós utca 27. (close toM3 metro station Arany János utca)

Budapest Pride is held every year, during which an increasing number of gay and gay-friendly people both from Hungary and abroad come to celebrate. In 2019, following several years of beingseparated with crowd barriers from anti-protestors as well as the general public, participants could walk freely again during the parade. A huge step for freedom of identity!

The city also has a constantly increasing array of clubs, bars, gay-friendly restaurants, saunas, cruising areas and drag shows as well as underground and mainstream parties. Whether you’re here to do some sightseeing or party hard and leave the city tipsy, we are excited to have you here.

There is, however, way more to Budapest than partying. One of the main stages of Sziget Festival, the 4-time winner at the European Festivals Awards in the categories of Best Major European Festival and Best Line-Up, the LGBT+ venue of Sziget, Magic Mirror hosts a wide range of LGBT-themed programs such as film screenings, panel discussions, cabaret, dance and theatrical productions as well as workshops that give you an excellent opportunity to find out what it means to be gay in Hungary.