Red7 Blogs , December 22, 2016
Thinking of heading off to the Hungarian capital for your stag do? Put simply, Budapest delivers the ultimate combination of buzzing nightlife and endless acres of hilly landscape, making it an ideal location for action-packed activities. Here’s why:
Nicknamed the ‘Heart of Europe’, this city of two halves truly has something for everyone. Want a relaxing break where you can indulge in some delicious food and drink, or maybe you want to explore the fascinating culture of this famous city? Then Buda, the historic part of the city, makes for a great base. Or, if you just want to go out on the lash in one of the most recognised party places in the world and sample the city’s epic nightlife then stick to Pest, the city’s more metropolitan side.
With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that Budapest is a tried and tested Red7 favourite for a lively stag party, and we know all the best things to see, do and eat once you get there. Here’s our rundown of what not to miss on a wild weekend.
This huge 10-acre green park area is packed with restaurants and cafés, and is perfect for a casual lunch and drink before enjoying the lush scenery. Whether you want to chill out in the sunshine or bring out the bats and balls for a mini sports day, look no further. Enjoy a group kickabout on grass that is so pristine you will have no excuses for a poor touch! For the more competitive groups who aren’t satisfied by a friendly game, our organised 5-a-side matches make a great alternative, as well as the hilarious and addictive bubble football (yes, it’s just as funny as it sounds!).
Get an authentic taste of Budapest culture on a tour of the city’s many urban murals. Neopaint works are a collection of street artists who have decorated the back alleys of Hungary with incredible paintings spanning loads of different styles. You can view their unique, characterful and highly impressive artwork on a tour through the streets of the capital. For an immersive sense of the Budapest lifestyle and culture this is the tour to choose. The whole city feels like an amazing gallery. Absorb some culture by day before the night’s less-than-sophisticated antics. Plus, the fresh air, amazing art and leisurely stroll makes this a great daytime option if you’re looking for something semi-active to help you recover from the night before…
Animal lovers delight! Where better to cure your hangover than at a café that provides both mouth-watering food, drink, and incredible company. Here you’re not just dining with your best mates, but you’re in the company of cats, parrots and lizards at the Zoo café. There’s plenty of drink to hydrate that hangover, and tasty food to line your stomach before the night begins. Get up close and personal with a range of amazing animals and unleash your inner Dr. Doolittle as you’re surrounded by critters including chinchillas, snakes, toucans and tarantulas. Just think of the selfie opportunities!
Experience the true meaning of kicking back with a beer in the Budapest beer spa. Fresh, warm herbal water, great friends and unlimited beer on tap are the greatest triple threat since Messi, Suarez and Neymar. Welcoming groups of up to 12 people, you and your mates can unwind in the hot tubs and pour yourself all the beer you can handle from the bottomless taps. Taking beer out of the equation, Budapest’s more traditional thermal baths are also a great pick all-year round, so don’t forget to pack your trunks. Or, for all the beer but with a livelier atmosphere, book your bunch on to a Budapest beer bike. Ride through the city on a transportable bar, using beer as your fuel to pedal while you party.
Yes, caves – but not as you know them! Budapest has some incredible underground vaults, so a guided cave tour is definitely something to add to your list. Find out the interesting history of these natural wonders from the extremely knowledgeable native tour guides as you and the guys work your way around this maze of distinctive caves. These exhilarating tours will take you to a fascinating underground world, where you can see the stunning rock formations and get a real feel for the rich history of the city. And if that gives you a taste for the more adventurous side of Budapest, why not team caving with a wakeboarding session? For high-octane fun and excitement, hit the water on a board and set up some friendly competition with the lads.
For a thrilling buzz take your group to the virtual gaming reality universe that is the Mystique Room. Trapped in an Egyptian burial chamber, your squad have one hour to crack the codes and follow the clues to make it out in time. Packed with obstacles and brain-teasers, this artificial experience can bring out either a competitive or team-bonding vibe, depending on your group. But one thing is guaranteed: you’ll have some seriously good fun. If the Mystique Room doesn’t fully quench your thirst for adrenaline, then head to a laser tag arena and let the games begin. Guns at the ready, laser tag provides a rush like no other, as you battle to show your alpha male status on this, the manliest of occasions: the stag do.
The Mangalica festival is a yearly celebration of local food and drink, which offers some of the tastiest sausages and other native meats. Get a taste of Hungarian food and lifestyle at this classic, popular festival. If you fall in love with the Budapest culinary culture, or simply want to taste more of what the Hungarian capital has to offer, then book your group onto our traditional three course meal and music deal. Authentic Hungarian dishes with wine and beer, as well as a live music performance, is the ideal Budapest night out.
If the name alone isn’t enough to get you and your mates on the next flight out to Hungary, then wait ‘til you hear more about it. This annual festival held at Buda Castle brings together a comprehensive collection of the finest beers from some of the most respected and widely-recognised names in the beer game, as well as some unique and flavourful brews from artisan beermakers. This yearly gathering is the perfect place for true beer connoisseurs, with an array of the finest speciality beers and ales, and is the ideal pre-drinks setting before your night out. Wine lovers might prefer our wine tasting tours, offering an amazing selection of wines.
The ultimate taste of Budapest, the Marionett Craft Beer House combines local beers, food and décor. With a delicious menu full of hangover cures such as pulled pork and tandoori chicken, this is the perfect location for the morning-after food (and hair of the dog!). With an eclectic collection of local beer brews, the Craft Beer House stocks something for everyone. A truly local establishment, the staff welcome tourists and encourage them to sample the food and beers, so head out and be wined and dined in true Hungarian fashion.
Offering the self-proclaimed “city’s best sandwiches”, Hamvich is an obvious choice to satisfy those hangover cravings or line your stomachs before a big night out. Create your own sandwich from their irresistible ingredients, including Spanish hams, breads, cheeses and sauces. With customisable creations, there’s enough variety for your whole stag squad to tuck into.
No Budapest weekend would be complete without a night out in a ruin bar. The incredibly popular and well-renowned clubbing destinations embody the partying culture of the city. Originating in the early 2000s, ruin bars are the renovated ruins of old buildings, which are kitted out with décor and music to make a memorable and unique night out. Get into the mood for a Hungarian party with a guided pub crawl, and get a taste of Budapest nightlife before you arrive at a ruin bar.
BRKLYN is the American-inspired, but totally Hungarian bar with incredible food and drink in THE MARKET downstairs. If you’re in Budapest you need to experience BRKLYN’s BBQ food, which packs a powerful flavour punch. The aim of BRKLYN is to create a place where everyone feels at home, whatever their tastes or “paths in life”, so you can be sure that this nightclub is going to guarantee a great night out. The ideal venue for dining and partying, you will want to spend your whole evening in this modern, vibrant all-in-one bar.
The atmosphere and ethos at 4BRO is worth making the trip to Budapest alone. As the name suggests, this club strives to create a culture in which everyone feels like each other’s brother. The ultimate destination to bond with your loyal mates and toast the special occasion, 4BRO drops the hottest hip-hop, r&b and techno tracks all night long. Friendly and welcoming, get a unique perspective on the city of Budapest by cutting shapes with its locals. The 4BRO kitchen provides delectable signature dishes too, with favourites such as buffalo wings and Hungarian pork sausage (delish!). For a more mental mash-up, spend your night at a ‘Spartie’. Summer nights, swimming pools, lights, music, booze and like-minded party-goers combine for an unforgettable night in Budapest as the club scene takes over the city’s thermal baths. It’s certainly an event not to be missed if you’re in the capital at the right time.
With a fascinating and unique culture, exciting activities on every corner and a party scene that could rival anywhere in the world, Budapest is the ideal stag do location – and this is just a mere taster of the best things this Hungarian city has to offer! But if you think that you and your boys in Budapest sounds like a match made in heaven, don’t forget to get in touch with one of our Red7 travel Gurus! Whether you want an action-packed adventure holiday, a chilled-out weekend break or an unforgettable party experience, we can help book the whole thing so you can send the groom off in style! So what are you waiting for?