Living Lonely in Budapest?

Post by: Chris Connick
Role: Curriculum Designer
Joined Prezi: Jan 9th 2012

I have lived most of my life in Glasgow, Scotland. It’s a city which over the last decade has seen a well documented darker side outshined by it’s growing reputation for fostering creativity and the arts. Check out these subculture pioneers from the musicfashionarts and craft scenes to see what’s been changing attitudes in Glasgow recently.

It’s a new Scottish culture that I have lived and love, and one which I knew I’d miss greatly when I accepted a position at Prezi (a decision also based very much on heart) and relocated to their Budapest office. I was unsure what to expect from this Eastern European capital

Luckily many of my co-workers have managed relocation to this town before me, and they have been incredible in opening my eyes to what Budapest has to offer. My French-Caribbean colleague recently hosted a night out to see “the world’s leading kitchen appliance rock group” Hurra Torpedo at the A38 boat.  It’s a venue that’s just been voted the best bar in the world by the Lonely Planet guide in this reader poll. It may well be deservedly so, the experience of listening to upcoming new bands whilst taking in stunning night views from it’s mooring on the River Danube makes for a most memorable evening.

A38 BoatAnother great place I discovered (through some new Hungarian friends) is Szimpla Kert, a venue with an artistic, bohemian vibe whose deceptively small entranceway opens into a large courtyard of several bars, dancefloors and performance spaces. Incidentally, Szimpla came in at the number 3 spot in the same lonely planet poll.

Szimpla KertAn impressive performance from Budapest in gaining global recognition for it’s nightlife, but perhaps both of these venues have simply been good at crowdsourcing votes, as I’ve also enjoyed great Prezi nights out at KekszFogas haz and Instant, all wonderful “ruinpubs” that have cropped up in disused building spaces in the heart of the city and all offering music, art and fashion in as healthy doses as the drinks they pour. And if I ever feel homesick I can always visit Caledonia Budapest, a Scottish bar that does very authentic Haggis, Scottish whiskies and ales whilst English Premier League football fills the TV screens.

I’m enjoying my time here in Budapest and so far my experiences have been as vibrant and exciting as anything my home town has to offer. Each day I can’t wait to explore more of this city with my new friends and colleagues.

Chris Connick: Curriculum Designer @ Prezi