Toldi has a respectful history: opened in 1932, occupied by extremists during WWII, known as the second cinema in the world to broadcast 3D-movies and considered a general hopeless art cinema until recently. Until it started to turn into a multifunctional cultural hotspot several years ago, becoming one of the city’s most popular nightlife bases. It attracts all of the hipsters addicted to contemporary art, electronic music and indie movies.
Whenever I drop by Toldi, there is always something cool and catchy going on. Last time I went there with a business partner for a work meeting and we bumped into a design event, so we decided to stay and discuss work later. The venue’s main focus is music, well-known and lesser-known international artists step on stage week after week. Once the iconic cigarette duet Princess Chelsea, an other time the Hungarian Oscar Winners gave a speech there.
The club – with its glass walls – was built in the name of transparency which makes it even more homey. The interior is dominated by IKEA furniture and minimalism, and after a summer time renovation the place took one step closer to look more clubbish and simple, but still comfy. Toldi is a typical second home, where you can chill during the day, watch a movie in the evening and have a stylish party at night.
Also the staff makes the whole place comfy: unlike in some trendy ruin bars and 2.0 places, bartenders are gentle, quick and some of them even funny.