Budapest has a very lively gay scene. The past decades have brought a great deal of general tolerance as well as possibilities for gay people. As a result, the city now arguably has the best gay scene in Central Europe. Budapest is gaining more and more popularity among tourists including gay people, straight people or anybody in-between. Besides its thermal spas, the wide variety of historical monuments and exquisite architecture, Budapest is now also famous for its animated gay party scene.

 

There is, however, way more to Budapest than partying. Magic Mirror, one of the main stages of Sziget Festival, the two-time winner at the European Festivals Awards in the category Best Major European Festival, hosts a wide array of cabaret, dance and theatrical productions as well as workshops, which give you an excellent opportunity to find out what it means to be gay in Hungary.

 

Budapest Pride is celebrated every year, in which an increasing number of gay and gay-friendly people both from Hungary and abroad participate.

Even though Budapest is not Berlin, Tel-Aviv or San Francisco, the city has everything to offer you if you’re willing to go and find it. Budapest 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.

Highlights of the new LGBTQ quarter of Budapest

Kimberly Café

An LGBT-friendly, popular gay bar in Nagymező Street in the center of Budapest. Kimberly offers international and traditional Hungarian breakfast, local beer and other drinks, live music, drag queen shows and karaoke. The place has a nice gallery which is an excellent venue for birthday parties, smaller meetings and even weddings.

Phoenix Bar

Budapest’s newest cozy gay-friendly bar opened this 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.

10 Sixty-Six Bar

The 10 Sixty-Six Bar opened at the end of 2017 in the heart of downtown, in Ó street. With its special breakfast offer, regular evening stand-up comedy programs, dancing and music events, it quickly became one of Budapest’s most exciting LGBT-friendly clubs. It is worth visiting here on both weekdays and weekends if you want to have a little color in your everyday life.

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Alterego

The heart of Budapest’s gay scene, this trendy bar allows you to have a drink at a relaxed place and 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 chart hits party with two dancefloors and two DJs. Programmes are available on their website in advance.

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The most important regular parties and club nights in Budapest

Tütü

A place like no other. Tütü is known as the most exciting club and bar in Budapest. Week after week the city’s sexiest scandals are born, in an elegante ambiance.

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VIBE Pop Up Club

Don’t be basic, feel the VIBE! New party in downtown Budapest for gays, lesbians, urban queers and their friends with a fresh approach. Join us!

Garçons

Often billed as “underground as well as glamorous”, Garçons has now become synonymous with “a new era in chic clubbing”.

Often billed as “underground as well as glamorous”, Garçons has now become synonymous with “a new era in chic clubbing”.

Often billed as “underground as well as glamorous”, Garçons has now become synonymous with “a new era in chic clubbing”.

Ooops

A popular queer party that fails to disappoint. Organized every Friday at Anker’t with the hits of the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and Europop, Disco, Italodisco, Eurovision, House, Techno and many more genres.

HELLO

One of the coolest parties in town. A chic, young and fun-loving audience comes together to party and dance. Mostly 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.

WOW!

Lesbian party 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.

LÄRM

A gay-friendly straight club focusing on techno and house music located in the Fogasház complex. Entry from Akácfa Street. Hint: you should know the name of the club or the event otherwise the doorman can dismiss you.

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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.

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Habroló

The oldest bar with a mixed clientele, reasonable prices and a cheerful, friendly atmosphere.

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Cruising, saunas and sex shops in Budapest

Coxx A major player in the gay scene of Budapest which is definitely worth a visit. A cruising bar (including a car, a sling and a prison room) where you can make your wildest fantasies come true.

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Magnum is the largest sauna in Budapest and offers the following services on two floors: jacuzzi, steam room, four kinds of saunas, a plunge pool, videos, cabins, slings, glory hole cabins, a cruising labyrinth, a gym, massages and free wifi. Sauna aufguss at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00PM on Thursdays. Dark and naked party from 10:00PM on Fridays and at 5:00PM on Sundays. Open non-stop from 1:00PM on Saturdays to Sunday midnight. Tickets are valid for ten hours and they include a towel, slippers and a condom.

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Szauna 69 is a more conventional place. There is a Finnish/infra sauna, a steam room, a jacuzzi, massage, sunbeds and private rooms. Café and internet access available. Towel and slippers are included in the entry fee.

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In addition to the aforementioned places, we also have Budapest’s only gay sex shop, Black Dream (1085 Budapest, Mária utca 9.). Whether you’re a hardcore fetish guy or just want to try some kinky stuff, this is the right place for you to go and have a look. Find out more

Budapest has two specifically gay-friendly 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. Why Not Bistro is a gay-friendly restaurant directly on the bank of the Danube, and its terrace offers 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, 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). If you need professional and discreet health service during your stay in Budapest, do not hesitate to get in touch with the Downtown Medical Center (BOC for short, Ferenciek tere 7-8).

Now that you have all the necessary information about Budapest, it is time to book a ticket, or get out of your room if you are already here and explore this beautiful city for yourself.