Budapest's gayest addresses
Perhaps because of its famous baths and the cruising at many of them, Budapest has always been a quiet gay hotspot. It just may be the gayest destination in Eastern Europe, and despite clashes with radical right-wing demonstrators in 2007 and 2008, there's been a Gay Pride march in the city since 1997.
CAFÉS & BARS
This small bar is a favorite of gay locals who come to relax over drinks, drag queen acts, and other events.
The former "Darling Bar" downtown is now "Funny Carrot," one of the main addresses for a night of bar-hopping, as it's found next to Habroló (see above).
While mixed throughout the week, on Saturdays this place is predominantly gay (as is the staff). It's a trendy bar that also hosts some extravagant drag shows. During the rest of the night, the sounds are house, danced by a mix of gay and straight.
A large yellow "A" lets you know you've arrived at this basement bar that's usually packed with a mixture of gay locals and tourists who have already been informed that this is the place for some hot strip shows later in the night.
There are different parties on different nights at this club, from Diva Night to Retro parties. Click on the link above for the website which includes an English version listing what's coming up next. It's the best gay club in town for a night on the dancefloor or drinking at the bar to the sound of the dance beats.
Formerly known as Chaos, this place has a double life. Earlier in the evening it serves mostly as an art gallery and internet café, while later at night it's a sizzling men-only gay club.
With tables placed outside during the warmer months, this small restaurant attracts gays and lesbians throughout the year. It serves good pizzas and an inexpensive Italian menu.
Centrally located on a quiet street, this very gay-friendly restaurant serves Hunganrian specialties and international dishes, including home-made pastas and soups.
BATHS & SAUNAS
The gayest baths are said to be 15th-century Király, with fairly open cruising.
Rudas has some gay vibe, but discretion is advised. Gellért remains popular, but mostly caters to tourists.
In the summer, take bus 26 to Palatinus on Margaret Island, where you'll find a terrace for nude sun-bathing (mostly frequented by gay men).
For saunas in the more traditional gay sense, there is Szauna 69 (attracts young guys) and Magnum Sauna, the biggest of all, attracting guys of all ages and busy throughout the week.
Gay-friendly Connection Guesthouse has double and single rooms with shared and private bathrooms. It's close to many gay spots and offers internet access.
One of the city's upmarket hotels, Le Meridien Budapest declares itself gay-friendly. Located in the center of the city, it includes facilities such as a sauna and swimming pool.
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