A Hidden Gem in Plain Sight

A Little Budapest Pub to visit

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Amaze your friends and guests with one of the city’s greatest little bar/restaurants you’ve never noticed.

Yep, it’s right out there on Vámház krt, between Kálvin tér and the Danube. But if you’re not looking for it, you might just walk right past it. It’s the Pesti Sörcsarnok, a great little restaurant/pub that has resisted the attempts at modernization that have changed so many of Budapest’s funky, character-filled eateries and bars into soulless, glass-and-chrome nonentities.

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Pesti Sörcsarnok has dark wood and green-painted booths and chairs, with red-and-white-checked tablecloths. It has a surprising lineup of draft beers, including Krusovice, Stella Artois and, believe it or not, my favorite beer from Czechland, Bernard. Mmmm.

The service is speedy and friendly and the waiters speak English. And the food is tasty and reasonably priced; there are, of course, the standard Hungarian dishes, along with specialties you don’t expect in such a small neighborhood establishment. As one example, a lovely little steak with potatoes and mushrooms, along with a ‘korsó’ (a pint) of Bernard, runs about 3,000 HUF.

Now I ask you, can you find a better Hidden Gem than that?