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Budapest is the country’s main nightlife centre with myriad clubs, bars, discos and casinos. It is also home to the magnificent Budapest Opera House, which stages regular performances. Although on a smaller scale, the nightlife in larger cities and towns like Debrecen and Szeged is also lively and during the summer months the popular Lake Balaton resort of Siófok has a buzzing nightlife. Cinemas in major towns show many films in their original language with Hungarian subtitles. Western Hungary in particular has a lot of very good wine cellars that open late.

Budapest

Budapest is definitely a cosmopolitan city with a tremendous variety of varied cultural events all throughout the year. There is no event that is unaffordable to the average tourist if you don't have your heart set on a particular section of a theatre, but even then, seats are bargains as compared to New York, San Francisco, or London.

The opera, ballet, and theatre seasons run from September through May with some sporadic events in June, but most theatres and halls also host performances during the summer festivals. Bear in mind that none of them are air-conditioned and heat rises. If you are sitting in a balcony on a hot evening, you may be miserable. A number of the better-known churches and stunning halls offer concerts exclusively in the summer. While classical music is ingrained into the culture in Budapest, the country, jazz, blues, rock, disco, and every other variation you left at home is here also. Stylish and unique new clubs and bars open and close regularly. The bar and club scene starts late and lasts until morning; sometimes until the last patron leaves. Only the bars in residential areas have strict closing times. Restaurants and bars in these areas in the summer have to bring in their tables at 10pm by district law in consideration of the neighbours. So whether you have dancing feet or a taste for opera, whatever your entertainment preference, Budapest nights offer plenty to choose from.

One particularly Hungarian experience is to visit a borozó (wine pub), where cheap but tasty Hungarian wine is available on tap, at ridiculously low prices if you find one off the tourist circuit.

The Petofi Csarnok Club occupies a cavernous hall at the rear of Varosliget or City Park. This is a stage and disco complex that serves as a venue for local and international rock bands where you can find people dancing the night away every night of the week. E-Klub is next to the Planetarium. It is open on Fridays and Saturdays and is always packed with Technical University students. The expatriates make for Made Inn which has a nice patio and garden and where summer brings out large crowds. When groups like the Rolling Stones or U2 come to town, they play the Nepstadion, which has the largest seating capacity of any venue in the area.

If you're looking for a late-night cocktail but want to avoid the typical bar and club scene, try Cream Restaurant. It is drawing a crowd with their eye-opening decorating scheme and varied music styles to suit any mood. Being centrally located close to either the Körút or Astoria, a bar/bistro, it draws a mixed crowd. Paris, Texas on the popular Ráday Utca, is a pleasant place to sit down and talk or eat after a concert.

Budapest has a couple dozen casinos. Many are located in luxury hotels: Casino Budapest Hilton (I. Hess András Tér 1-3); Las Vegas Casino, in the Atrium Hyatt Hotel (V. Roosevelt Tér 2); and Orfeum Casino, in the Hotel Béke Radisson (VI. Teréz Körút 43). Formal dress is required. Other popular casinos include: Grand Casino Budapest (V. Deák Ferenc Utca 13), Tropicana Casino (V. Vigadó Utca 2), and the most elegant Várkert Casino on the Danube side (Miklós Tér 9).