Budapest gets its name from its two halves, Pest, the party central, flat and densely populated with an urban playground packed full of clubs, bars and more. Buda is known for being hilly and whilst you probably won’t be heading over there for a night on the town you’ll probably pass through if you plan to get outdoors and put some energy into your stag. You can enjoy anything from paintballing to quad biking and 4x4 off road driving to a session at a gun range, with plenty of opportunity to get a competition going between you and the guys, guaranteeing hours of banter and laughs.
Your evenings will be spent in Pest with a huge range of clubs and bars to explore. If you want to kick things off in style, then consider a raucous medieval banquet with mead a-flowing and plenty of food to line your stomach. Afterwards you can move onto something a little sexier with a trip to the oil wrestling ring, a session in a local lap dance club or even hire your own stripper especially for your party. Alternatively, simply get down to the beats of the Paris of the East with a guided bar crawl around the city ending up in one of Budapest’s top night clubs where you can party until the sun comes up.
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, often known just as Ferihegy or Budapest Airport, is 25 km from the city centre, with a transfer time to the city of about 30 minutes, depending on traffic. Flights from the UK take around 2.5 hours. You can fly to Budpest from most major UK airports with a number of different airlines.
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What else can be more magnificent on a hot summer night than an open-air café by the Danube. The concept is very popular and all available patch of green by the river is converted into an entertainment hot spot with live concerts and DJs on weekends. Zöld Pardon is the biggest, Holdudvar is currently the most popular.
Big cities are usually short of challenges provided by Mother Nature rather than a strong engine or man-made bullets. Budapest is a notable exception, with an extensive, partly still undiscovered cave system stretching under the city. Some of these fascinating caves are explored but can only be visited climbing through cracks and descending on rope ladders. Don’t turn up in your tuxedo!
Having crawled the Ruin Pubs, indulged in the Riverside Cafés, are you still missing something? Check out the Corvintet?, an open-air café on the roof of a department store, and find the city pulsating below. It’s a stone throw from the Ruin Pub area.
The medieval restaurant Sir Lancelot offers dinners in the style of the age of the knights. Cutlery is provided on request, and guests can witness knights fighting and royal entertainment like fire eater or belly dancer.
While local beers do not fall short of expectation and international brands are widely available, the local way of drinking is wine and pálinka. Hungary ranks among Europe’s best wine making countries and there are quite a few cellars in Budapest where these can be tasted. Head for Domus Vinorum next to the St Stephan’s Basilica. Add some pálinka to the tasting, locals prefer plum and apricot.