Cocktails in the Clouds: Budapest’s Best Rooftop Bars
Tom Szigeti 2017.11.28.
One of the best, yet somewhat under-discussed, aspects of Budapest are the city’s “skybars,” rooftop terraces where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy some delicious cocktails while enjoying some truly breathtaking views.
And while, as winter closes in, these bars are for the most part closing down for the season, we thought that a cold, dark day such as this would be as good a time as any to think back to summer, and look ahead to next spring. Here, then, are some of the Hungarian capital’s most unique, elegant, and exciting rooftop bars.
Located atop a building adjacent to Budapest’s famous Párizsi Nagyáruház (Paris Department Store), 360 Bar is a true institution among the city’s rooftop bars, one that is a must-see for locals and tourists alike. Why? Well, first of all, the bar is located on the roof of the tallest building on the famous Andrássy Avenue (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and boasts a panorama that can’t be found anywhere else, where you can get a simultaneous view of the Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Citadella, and the entire area. The bar offers, among other drinks, unique cocktails and flavored lemonades served in mason jars, in addition to a menu featuring gastronomic creations such as a Mediterranean plate, Barbeque ribs, and many other dishes from the bar’s open kitchen. 360 Bar is a great place to sit and watch the sunset, as well as a romantic spot to talk and relax alongside acoustic music.
Address: 1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 39.
Gozsdu Sky Terrace
Opened in 2014, Gozsdu Sky Terrace is designed to appeal to those looking to relax after a long day at work; in other words, it looks to be more than just a weekend spot, a location where people can come to drink coffee, talk, and relax in amazing surroundings. Open every day, the 11-meter-long bar offers a wide selection of drinks, including craft beers, wines, pálinka, and other liquors in addition to the offerings of the Terrace’s kitchen. It is a spacious bar, with an unostentatious design that is enhanced in its simpler spaces by projections on the walls. On top of all this, its central location in the city’s famous Gozsdu Courtyard means that Gozsdu Sky Terrace is easily accessible from almost anywhere in the city.
Address: 1073 Budapest, Holló utca 6. (Gozsdu udvar – EZ Parkolóház, 6.emelet)
High Note SkyBar
Located next to St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Aria Hotel was chosen as TripAdvisor’s best hotel on Earth in the Travelers’ Choice for Hotels Awards in 2016. Located atop this outstanding hotel is the High Note SkyBar, a beautiful location for dining, drinking cocktails, or simply settling into a lounge chair and sunbathing. Surrounding by the stunning architecture of the city’s 5th district, and offering rooftop yoga, High Note Sky Bar is certainly worth a visit.
Address: 1051 Budapest, Hercegprímás u. 5.
Heliport Panorama Terrace
The five-star Hotel President boasts the unique distinction of having a helicopter pad on its roof, a feature that has been transformed into the Heliport Panorama Terrace. This space, ideal for receptions of diplomatic delegations and international celebrities, is one of the most exclusive spots in Budapest. At the Heliport, you can enjoy a meal made with the finest ingredients, in a truly unique setting, all for a reasonable price. During the day, the bar functions as a tourist attraction, where visitors to Budapest can go and take in the city’s sights while enjoying a coffee.
Address: 1054 Budapest, Hold utca 5.
St. Andrea Wine & Skybar
The St. Andrea Wine & Skybar received a great deal of press when it opened atop Váci 1, a historic neoclassical palace located on the downtown’s Vörösmarty Square that to this day functions as an office building. Located on the building’s sixth floor, the Skybar is home to one of the city’s best team of cooks and chefs. In the wine bar section, you can select from 50-60 different wines by St. Andrea Winery, alongside 200 different types of liquors, while the restaurant’s menu includes salmon, trout, and dry aged beef tartar, as well as Omaha steaks and chickens from Bereg county in Northeastern Hungary. The view, as expected, is extremely impressive, as visitors are surrounded by the Budapest eye Ferris wheel, the Citadella on Buda’s Gellért Hill, and a number of other important landmarks.
Address: 1052 Budapest, Deák Ferenc u. 5.
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