A ruin pub is simply a bar set in a squat-looking environment. But if you push the creepy door you’ll find yourself in a real hive, filled with noisy conversations, DJ mixing in the background and funny old-school furniture.
Fogasház is another embodiment of what has become a ‘Budapest concept’. It got really big a few years ago (now it includes a “kert”, a summer garden, open in the winter too) and got on the pub-crawl and Erasmus maps… It’s still a cool place though clearly mainstream now. The decoration is a bit less inventive than in other ruin pubs, yet Fogasház has become the place to go for a late night out at the heart of the Jewish district. Note: during the week in the winter, it’s not that exciting as the main building is actually closed!
But otherwise, there is a ping-pong table, a cso-csó (a table football – the minimum standard for a good Hungarian bar), bike racks in the kert etc. You can order pretty good pizza by the slice just at the entrance or head to the barbecue in the kert (in the summer).
Fogasház is not the right spot if you promised yourself you’ll go out for a beer or two only, the DJs (& VJs) will make you stay till the wee hours, I know what I’m talking about!