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aug 21 2009

Arty space invaders in Hungary

Clever entrepreneurs in Budapest are getting temporary leases and turning abandoned old buildings into romkocsmas, or ruin bars. In some cases, the pop-up venues actually go far beyond bars—they're more like living rooms for the local art scene.

Szimpla Kert, in Pest, is the most expansive, with a coffeehouse, a bar, a small cinema, and a garden (Kazinczy u. 14, 011-36/1-352-4198). Two blocks away in a former apartment building, Mumus, favored by the absinthe-sipping crowd, is a labyrinth of rooms and hallways decorated with cartoonlike stencils and thrift-store sofas (Dob u. 18). At Instant, get a $3 Borsodi beer and head upstairs to the Viennese-style balcony to see a hanging sculpture of a school of fish (Nagymezo u. 38).

—Evan Rail, from the September 2009 issue of Budget Travel

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