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Get to know about history and art created by gay Budapestians.Learn about everyday life of the gay community, visit restaurants and bars favored by G/L patrons.
The gay and lesbian community in Budapest has witnessed great improvements to their social status since 1990, the fall of the Communist regime. Being gay is now socially and legally accepted, and this helps “coming out”, or admitting to one’s environment the fact about their sexuality. Today the gay community in Budapest is rather open, as opposed to the past’s secrecy. The annual Gay Pride Festival has been organized every year since 1993, with a street march and various parties afterwards. There are about a dozen bars and clubs in Budapest that are visited mostly by gay people, and there are special saunas, clubs and even places to stay that specialize in gay travel. The Hungarian Parliament has passed a law in 2007 that allows gays and lesbians to live together in a “registered relationship”.
- Action Bar, V. Magyar utca 42. – Cruising for men only –
- CoXx, VII. Dohány utca 38. – Cruising bar for men only with special parties –
- Habroló Bisztró, V. Szép u. 1/b. – Nice and tiny place –
- Why Not, V. Belgrád rakpart 3-4. – A very pleasant place at the bank of the Danube. More gay visitors in the evening
- Mystery Bar, V. Nagysándor József utca 3. – Medium size, friendly place with Internet facility, which is suitable for providing information for foreigners
- Capella Café, V. Belgrád rkp. 23. – Disco with two dancefloors. Not gay, but with drag shows –
- Alterego bar&lounge, VI.ker Dessewffy u. 33. – the most exclusive and exciting gay club with a transvestite and live show in Budapest. The club is visited by the hottest gay crowd from Wednesday to Saturday –
- Living Room, V. Kossuth Lajos utca 17. – Lesbian party on the last Saturday of the month –
- milkSHakE – Club Fire 22 (former Jailhouse), IX. Tűzoltó utca 22. – Lesbian disco on the last Saturday of the month from 10.00 p.m. Lesbian and hetero party on the first Friday of the month
Gay-friendly restaurants and cafés
- Eklektika, V. Nagymező utca 30. – The unofficial lesbian café of Budapest, also popular with gay men
- Amstel River Cafe, V. Párisi utca 6. – Dutch-style café and restaurant in Dutch ownership
- Club 93 Pizzéria, VIII. Vas utca 2. – One of the oldest “gay” restaurants with plenty of pizza and pasta
- Macskakő Cafe, I. Fiáth János utca 8. –
- Magnum Sauna, VIII. Csepreghy utca 2.
- Szauna 69, IX. Angyal utca 2. –
- Connection Guesthouse, VII. Király u. 41.
- Lindenmann Apartmenthouse, VII. Klauzál tér 8.
- KM Saga rezidencia,
- Gay helpline (Háttér) Tel.: +36-1-329-3380, everyday 18.00-23.00
- Connection Guesthouse, VII. Király utca 41
- Toucan Tourist, XIII. Radnóti Miklós utca 15/b – Gay travel agency
- Astoria Fitness Center, V.Károly krt. 4