- 25 Jun 2015 9:00 AM
When first glancing around the spacious courtyard of EXTRA, the new-wave ruin-pub trend is evident in the exposed-brick walls, while modern visual panache is enhanced by wooden floors, lush greenery, and numerous lamps made with red umbrellas hanging above the guests to add color to the experience here, whether visiting during daytime or late at night.
EXTRA is intended to be a warm-up spot full of surprises which might just make guests forget to leave. Unexpected events here will follow each other in thematic order with programs like cinema nights, pop-up stores, live concerts, and creative art displays. And we haven't even mentioned the dancers, who can suddenly appear anywhere in the building; they'll get things grooving to the beats of live DJs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.
Upstairs, EXTRA has a lounge and a VIP room, as well as a spacious event hall with original graphic-design artworks adorning the walls. Altogether these upper-story spaces have capacity for 260, while the entire territory of EXTRA can hold more than 400 guests.
Step up to the copper-plated counter at EXTRA – one of Budapest’s longest bars – and choose among the best Czech and Belgian beers on tap, along with a range of cocktails and quality wines. Should you imbibe enough to forget where you are, just look up to admire the spectacular EXTRA sign hanging above the bar.
As for the “party-friendly” prices mentioned above, the management of EXTRA wants this place to be regarded as a friendly neighborhood bar for locals instead of earning a tourist-trap reputation, so they strive to offer better quality and more in quantity. Some of the popular drinks here include vodka and soda or rum and Coke, each costing only 790 forints, similarly to the majority of whiskey-based drinks. For a pint of Staropramen the price is 690 forints, while the popular wheat beer Hoegaarden costs 850 forints – and regular customers are entitled to a permanent discount card.
If guests seek some culinary delights to accompany the drinks, the menu here includes a variety of light or filling dishes. One local speciality is the EXTRA burger, made with a 100% beef patty, which is extra not only in name but in its size as well. The selection of over 30 courses includes the EXTRA club sandwich, chicken wings, Bavarian sausages, and various salads. The pizzeria at the front of the building is also part of the EXTRA kitchen, satisfying everyone who appreciates this circular Italian delicacy.
In addition to creating a casual hangout, the owners of EXTRA aim to establish this as community space that can boost emerging artists and musicians with a place to showcase their creativity. They also want to set up a 50-bed hostel where every room will be equipped with its own beer tap, making it a one-of-a-kind Budapest party hostel – yet families with smaller children are also welcome here, adding EXTRA appeal for all ages
1071 Budapest, Klauzál utca 15.
+36 70 308 1148
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