Already known for its lively nightlife, the Hungarian capital is also experiencing a boom of new microbreweries and specialist ale producers – which are celebrated at Főzdefeszt, a beer and street food festival that runs from 5-7 June
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Budapest has long been one of Europe’s top party cities, with its famous ruin pubs and late-night bars where a pint, shot or glass of wine often costs less than a pound. Right now, the city is undergoing a craft beer revolution; not just bars devoted to ales but microbreweries opening across the country and a young generation of “Gypsy brewers” conjuring up new recipes at home, renting brewery space and creating intriguing beers. Prices remain very reasonable – £1-£1.50 for roughly a pint of draught – and the highlight of the year is Főzdefeszt, a three-day festival celebrating Hungarian beers and street food. It is expected that 40,000 beer enthusiasts will attend from 5-7 June, though if you can’t be there our selection should help give you a “head” start on any future visits.