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.
Hungary remains a conservative country but there are several gay bars and gay-friendly restaurants in the capital, mostly found on the Pest side. The crowds tend to be a good mix of all ages and styles, and the places very laid-back and welcoming. But what the city does best for its gay visitors than most other European cities are its saunas, which are huge and beautiful.
Gay Bars & Cafés
This small bar is a favorite of gay locals, who come to relax over drinks, karaoke, drag queen acts, and other events.
Kimberly Café & Bistro
Traditional Hungarian an international cuisine is served to a largely LGBT crowd, which stays for nights of live music, karaoke and drag queen shows.
Facebook Page: kimberlybistro
Why Not Café
Serving light meals throughout the day, this gay-friendly café also hosts nights of karaoke, live music and special cocktails.
Centrally located on a quiet street, this very gay-friendly restaurant serves Hungarian specialties and international dishes, including homemade pastas and soups.
There are different parties on different nights at this club -- from Diva Night to Retro parties. See the website for what's coming up. This is the best gay club in town for a night on the dancefloor or drinking at the bar to the sound of the dance beats.
Budapest’s biggest gay dance party has taken place every month at different venues since 2012. It also attracts the city’s open-minded straight crowds.
Said to be Hungary’s largest men-only club, this is a sizzling place with three bars, dark rooms and cabins, a prison, and sling room.
The biggest gay sauna in town attracts guys of all ages and is busy throughout the week. It offers massages by professional masseurs, a steam room, a maze, a jacuzzi, and a lounge.
If you’re looking for the exclusively gay sauna, choose this one which attracts young men. Services include Finnish sauna, jacuzzi, sunbeds, massages, private rooms and a café.
This gay-owned guesthouse is in a central location, close to many of the gay spots. It’s an excellent value, especially if you stay in the “premier double room” or the spacious studio.
A favorite of gay travelers, this design hotel stands on the Danube riverbank. It has rooms and suites with terraces, and offers some of the best views of the city.
Look for the hotel or apartment that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. You may guarantee your reservation but do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the property, and there are no booking fees. Most hotels and apartments allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You'll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email:
Search for Budapest hotels or Budapest apartments