Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 58
Seat at the Bar
Clockwise from top left: Barside's Hermitage (vodka, peach nectar, lime, vermouth), preparing a Space Zombie at Boutiq'Bar,
Tuk Tuk's house martini, precision pours at Warmup, Doblo's interior, and Drop Shop's daily wine list.
At this intimate, year-old Madach Imre
Square boîte, head bartender Andras Odor
handpicked all the details - from the darkwood interiors and decorative cattle skull to
the playlist - for an easygoing atmosphere.
Most of his twists on traditional cocktails
are so newfangled, you'd be challenged to
trace their histories. Try the True Icon:
Modeled after a traditional fizz, its medley of Cointreau, lemon juice, homemade
cinnamon-passion-fruit syrup, and a splash
of green tea soda only loosely follows the
original. Madach Imre ut 10.
Easily one of Budapest's most beautiful nightlife venues, this wine bar inside a nineteenthcentury building, with redbrick walls, arched
windows, and vaulted ceilings, provides a
charming setting in which to catch live music
nightly. With Hungarian wines from more
than 50 vintners, plus a dedicated palinka
selection, Doblo pioneered Budapest's nowthriving wine bar scene. There's no wrong
time to visit, but it's a particularly great postdinner option for dessert wines, such as the
Aszu 6 Puttonyos by Szepsy winery, a 13thgeneration family business. Doblo recently
V I RT U O S O L I F E
added a late-night piano-bar speakeasy in
the basement called Her Majesty the Rabbit.
Dob utca 20; budapestwine.com.
Your Wish Is Their Command
Don't request a menu at this casual seventh
district bar, which is designed to evoke the
feeling of hanging around the kitchen at a
fabulous house party. Warmup champions
the increasingly popular "dealer's choice"
concept, in which bartenders create custom drink recipes after quizzing patrons
on their preferences: sweet, smoky, bubbly, favorite color, type of spirit, etcetera. If