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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.