Party on! Here are two more Budapest birthday party venues, one retro, and one underground. And you know what? They’re great for grownups too…
7. Bowling: Picturing a rundown old alley on the outskirts of town, full of old people in dorky t-shirts and awful shoes? No more. Bowling has gone upscale. Both the “alleys” (I wouldn’t call them that these days!) I’ve been to in Budapest have cool lights and computer graphics, and the best news for kids (and non-bowlers like me) is that you can press a button and bumpers pop up on either side of your lane – no more gutterballs! This makes it fun and fair for everyone. Plus pizza. What more could you ask for? So, you can go to Mammut mall’s lanes, www.bowlingclub.hu (Hungarian only, shameshame). Our favorite, though, is a place at the bottom of ABS sports complex in Budaörs, where there are just six lanes and lots of good food in addition to pizza. It’s quieter and you could potentially have the place to yourself. Here’s the site, again in Hungarian (boo) http://www.abs-sport.hu/index.php/pub. Right next door is the fabulous and FREE Budaörs skate park, so if you’ve got skateboarders/inline skaters/BMXers in your family, you could have a session there and then do a pizza party at this pub.
8. Buda Caves: In what other major city can you party in a real cave? At either of the caves in Buda, Pálvölgyi and Szemlőhegyi, you can take a safe and very cool (think 12C, bring jackets in summer!) tour. Then at Pálvölgyi, set up your own picnic-party in the cliff-walled valley outside the cave entrance – my daughter and I enjoyed one here a while ago. At Szemlőhegyi, the newly renovated visitor’s center opens March 23rd with space to host your party, or have a picnic at tables outside near the brand new playground. They’ll even set up a treasure hunt in the cave for you. Kids age 5 and up are welcome. The cave sites, http://www.szemlohegyi.atw.hu/ and http://www.palvolgyi.atw.hu/ are both in Hungarian, but you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve an English-speaking guide and party planner at Szemlőhegyi (játékmester, or “game master” in Hungarian, love it!). They’re both right up the hill from Daubner patisserie, the best in Budapest, so picking up the cake and pogácsa are a cinch!
Party places #9 and #10 tomorrow… If you’ve got a favorite spot for a party, let us know by commenting here or on the AdriKnows Facebook page. Happy Birthday to you, whenever yours may be!