Although Hungary is a new consumerist society, the locals here have always known how to party, even in the absence of flashy nightclubs.Â Now that medical tourism is helping to attract visitors from all over the world, Hungary is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting destinations to emerge from the former Soviet bloc. From sophisticated lounge bars and thumping night clubs, to raucous drag queen parties and live shows, thereâ€™s plenty going on to entertain medical tourism travelers from all walks of life.
Bars and pubs
This isnâ€™t a country shies of alcohol, and the spirits flow freely.Â Bars here can open as early at 8 in the morning and can be positively busy a half hour later.Â The native spirit is called palinka, and it comes in a variety of flavors like apricot, cherry, and plum. If you're not accustomed to strong flavors, ask for apricot favored palinka with honey, instead. Itâ€™s milder and doesnâ€™t cause as nasty as hangover.Â Hungarian wines are underestimated, and they often get overlooked due to the popularity of French and Italian varieties.Â Â
Clubs and Dance Clubs
Dance clubs that belt out everything from techno to Euro pop, are packed on weekends, and the dancing can go until early morning. For a look at real Hungarian culture and nightlife, seek out traditional venues in Budapest that feature authentic folk music and dancing.Â Some restaurants offer gypsy music and dance performances preceded by dinner, but these are not really authentic Hungarian culture. Â
Hungary (and indeed much of Eastern Europe) is renowned for its beautiful women.Â Budapest is emerging as the "stag" capital of the continent.Â If you're lucky enough to find a companion during your travels, just make sure that he or she isn't on the "clock."Â Â