In Budapest you drop a pebble and you hit a pub, but on Hegyalja road Avar beer garden is like an oasis in the desert. The road is one of the most infamous traffic jam junctions near Gellért hill, however this old family owned pub stood here before the car was invented.
Knowing Avar means you have a story with it. First time I was here I came because I used to have rehearsals with a band nearby. That lasted for years and we often ended up in Avar after long hours of practising. A few years later I was working in the neighbourhood so I returned back and Avar became my regular postwork-beer station.
The place hasn’t changed much in long decades, it is a natural born retro. But it changes as the seasons switch. In warm weather it is a sweet mix of urban romance and nature with its huge garden with gigantic trees above the boisterous road. Everybody comes here after finishing work, people from Balassi Institute (institution for Hungarian studies) and tourists from local hotels are frequent guests.
In winter time it is different, the officially second class tiny indoor part mostly attracts those addicted to sweet memories of summer time. Yet, the neat and kind bartender ladies warm up the place in gloomy days too and they will definitely know what you are going to order if you go there for the second time.