For a country which boasts centuries of wine tradition and counts no less than 22 wine regions, Hungary didn’t have so much of a wine bar culture, until recently.
Hungarians take great pride in their wines (rightly so), but the owner of Doblo was one of the very first Magyar businessmen to open a place where you could enjoy Bacchus delights and not just get drunk with cheap wine-based drinks.
And indeed, Doblo is a great upscale alternative to the ‘borozó’ around the corner (referring to very smoky and ordinary pubs).
The bar is located right in the middle of the Jewish district, a couple of blocks away from other very cool nightspots. The interior design and the light inside is appealing and intimate: this small brick cellar on ground level has been kept as it is with some tasteful additions such as new-old style furniture.
In a word it’s a very warm hang-out. Expats regularly meet here as David organizes wine-tastings- at least twice a month. But Doblo is more than just a wine-bar, it has music too! Bands play here quite often in the evenings. David organizes wine-tours in Budapest (English and Hebrew spoken) and in the countryside. Plus now Doblo serves some bites, good news for early and late birds!
Last but not least, it’s also a wine shop. It might be the only place where you’ll be able to buy a good (rather pricey) bottle at the same time you’re having fun on Saturday!