Grandio Jungle Bar & Grill

Grandio Jungle Bar & Grill

Grandio Bar is a popular Ruin Pub with an inner courtyard. The table-tennis room on the ground floor is always full of people. Grandio’s decoration is quite unique – the entrance reminds one of Henri ‘Customs Officer’ Rousseau, there is a huge carrot in the courtyard, and there is a big shovel painted on the wall.

Grandio Bar is yet another recent addition to Budapest’s kert scene, and belongs to the increasingly oversaturated romkert category. What sets this romkert apart from the others (and makes it my favorite among the new places) is that unlike the kerts which are increasingly stretching the original meaning of the word (garden), Grandio is filled with trees and plants, so that once you sit down you can’t even see across the place.

Opened in tandem with the Grandio Party Hostel located upstairs, Grandio is a pun on the site’s location, Nagy Diófa utca 8, located one street off of District VII’s nightlife nexus Kazinczy utca. And while technically a romkert, most of the tables and chairs appear like they were actually bought not acquired or collected, and the atmosphere the greenery creates reminds you that you actually are sitting in a garden.

Prices for a korsó of beer range from Ft 450 for Borsodi through Ft 600 for Staropramen and Ft 650 for Hoegaarden, and the staff are friendly and bilingual. There are no toilet attendants, yet the toilets are kept clean and appear to have been recently renovated.

Additionally, since it is essentially the “house kert” for the hostel located upstairs, there’s always a decent-sized crowd of young backpackers hanging around, but due to the greenery, you can manage to keep apart from them should you wish to, as the place essentially splits into two sections: one for the backpackers, the other for the less hyper guests more interested in knocking back a few over conversation.

Even if Grandio ultimately does not become this summer’s grandest new kert, it’s certainly already the greenest.

Grandio Jungle Bar & Grill

Address: 1075 Budapest, Nagy Diófa utca 8.
Phone: +36 (20) 390 1703

From: Budapest Airport

Get the 200E shuttle bus (buy ticket for metro/tram 350 HUFs each to avoid fine) to Kőbánya Kispest. From here take the metro north towards Újpest Központ. Get off at Corvin Negyed metro station, from there you catch 4/6 tram in the direction of Széll Kálmán tér for 3 stops which will be Blaha Lujza tér. Walk down Rákóczi út (Away from McDonalds) until you come to Nagy Diófa utca on your right-hand side. Turn right and continue straight. Grandio is just over the first block on the left-hand side. We are the brown gate on the left-hand side with the sign “Grandio”, it is no. 8.

By Taxi

Taxis are available from the airport to the hostel. Make sure you go to the Taxi desk, located just outside the arrivals terminal, where they will give you a receipt and send you directly to a taxi. The taxi should cost between 7000 – 9000 Ft on the meter. Do not get a taxi from anyone inside the terminal offering a taxi service as they are not licensed city operators.

From: Népliget Bus Station

Buy a metro ticket (350 HUFs) and validate it. From here take the metro north towards Újpest Központ. Get off at Corvin Negyed metro station, from there you catch 4/6 tram in the direction of Széll Kálmán tér for 3 stops which will be Blaha Lujza tér. Walk down Rákóczi út (Away from McDonalds) until you come to Nagy Diófa utca on your right-hand side. Turn right and continue straight. Grandio is just over the first block on the left-hand side. We are the brown gate on the left-hand side with the sign “Grandio”, it is no. 8.

For groups

If you are a group of 8 or more we can offer a pick up shuttle with a guide waiting for you at the Arrivals terminal. This will cost 3300 Ft one way or 5700 Ft return and this includes a beer for your journey. Just make sure you email the hostel in advance with your flight details to book the transfer.

From: Keleti Train station

Exit the train station and walk down Rákóczi út until you come to Nagy Diófa utca on your right-hand side. Turn right and continue straight. Grandio is just over the first block on the left-hand side. We are the brown gate on the left-hand side with the sign “Grandio”, it is no. 8.

Alternately, the easiest way is to grab a bus (From outside Burger King). Get the no. 5, or no. 7 or the no. 173 for three stops. Get off at Urania stop. From there turn right and then then left into Nagy Diofa utca. We are the brown gate on the left-hand side with the sign “Grandio”, it is no. 8. You should buy a ticket and validate is for 350 HUFs or you may get caught and the fine up to 16000 HUFs!