Fogas was the first ruin bar I ever visited. I had heared of those special places during my research on stuff I had to see in Budapest and was intrigued at once. I really wanted to make sure I only went to the most fascinating ones during the very restricted time I had in this city. So I made a list of those people recommended for the unusual features, the great atmosphere, the unique drinks ecc.
But despite my accurate notes, finding a nice ruin bar to enjoy some drinks at was kind of a small odyssey. Actually, Fogas was the third one we tried: the first one turned out to be quite a mess and my eyes burnt from all the people smoking in there. Okay, no problem. Still a few to go. So we looked for the second one, but just couldn't find it. After circling the place Maps showed to be the bar we finally had to come to the conclusion that the building it used to be in had been demolished shortly before we got to Budapest. What a great start into the night. Okay, we still had some more options left but by that time our hopes were quite low. We simply wanted to have a nice conclusion to the evening, our legs were hurting from all the walking we had done throughout the day and we really wanted to try some typical drinks.
When we finally arrived at Fogas, we were a little confused by the security guys guarding the entrance. We are used to that when going to clubs, not to regular bars. At that point we feared we got to the wrong place once again but we still decided to give it a try.
Once we had passed the security and entered the inner yard of the building something I'd describe as a mixture between a club and a fairytale-wonderland-circus extended in front of my eyes. This was exactly the kind of thing I had been looking for all along.
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