XI., on the Buda side of Petőfi Bridge (www.a38.hu) Mon-Sun 11-4 a.m., terraces Mon-Sun 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Originally built in the Ukraine in 1968, this stone carrier ship took a long journey in order to receive a complete makeover and start its voyage in the cultural life of Budapest with quality music lovers aboard. A38 is primarily a venue for music. Besides a wide range of pop music events, it also offers classical and jazz concerts. Interesting spaces, great design, the most stateof- the-art sound technology, and the most careful acoustic design ensure great audio quality in the concert hall. There are several bar counters and terraces. It is worth getting on board for dinner before the concert, just for the great view alone. Not long ago a new extension was added to the ship to serve as an exhibition venue for contemporary art.
Cultural Centre and Park on Erzsébet Square V., Erzsébet tér (+36-20 201-3868, www.godorklub.hu) Sun-Thu 10-2 a.m., Fri-Sat 10-4 a.m.
The Hungarian underground has found its place in the heart of the city on the abandoned construction site of the National Theatre. It is located one level above the underground parking lot, but still well under ground. There are exhibitions, festivals, and small and large concerts inside, and, from spring to autumn, a teeming life outside, which even stretches out to the park next to it.
XII., Jagelló út 1-3. (+36-1 372-5425, www.bcc.hu).
The Budapest Congress & World Trade Centre provides the largest and most modern congress and meeting facility in Hungary. Besides its main activities, the building, located in the middle of a chestnut park, often plays host to various concerts.
V., Gerlóczy u. 4. (www.merlinbudapest.org)
Theatre, concert and party site in one location, in the heart of the Downtown, near Deák Square and next to the City Hall, in the elegant art deco building of a former power station. The institution is the fi rst English-language theatre in Hungary, which has been worth visiting practically from 10 in the morning in the recent years. Besides the usual theatrical performances, it is the site of contemporary music and cultural events, and club events with discussions and debates. Here you can see performances by the fi nest in Hungarian and international music life, as well as artistic, electronic and underground bands and DJs.
II., Kis Rókus u. 16-20. (+36-1 336-4000, www.millenaris.hu), additional entrances from Lövőház Street, Fény Street and Marczibányi Square. Mon-Sun 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Millenáris Park received the Europa Nostra Award in 2002 for its architectural design in reconstructing the listed historic factory buildings. The building complex is located in a park in a green belt area and has grassy fi elds and ponds. You can lay on the grass, listen to outdoor concerts, or enter one of the two main venues for music performances, Teátrum and Fogadó.
Papp László Sportaréna
XIV., Stefánia út 2. (+36-1 422-2600, www.budapestarena.hu).
It is the largest indoor hall in Hungary that is suitable for concert use. The construction of the Budapest Sportarena started at the end of June 2001 on the site of the burnt down Budapest Sports Hall. The building complex, nicknamed The Pebble after its shape, is as heavy as the Erzsébet Bridge and Liberty Bridge put together. The building, named Budapest Sportarena, was offi cially opened on 13 March 2003, but since 28 May 2004, it has borne the name of László Papp. The Sportarena, which has played host to several great concerts by such big stars as Robbie Williams or A-HA, holds 12,500 people at maximum capacity. The concerts continue in 2011 with two performances already scheduled for the year. The building will serve as the venue for the concert by Roxette, as well as the Hungarian stop of the European tour of Roger Waters’ “The Wall”.
XIV., Zichy Mihály út 14. (+36-1 363-3730, www.petofi csarnok.hu)
It is the largest youth leisure centre in Budapest, and opened its gates in 1984. Over the past 25 years, almost 10 million visitors have attended the nearly 10,000 events at the Petőfi Hall (often referred to as PeCsa) which have presented more than 2,500 Hungarian and international stars. Concert hall and club meeting rooms inside, and an open-air stage outside. Here operates the...
VIII., Blaha Lujza tér 1-2., entrance from Somogyi Béla Street (+36 20 772-2984, www.corvinteto. com) Mon-Sun 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The top fl oor of the department store, which opened in 1926, and the giant rooftop terrace above it is now a popular venue in Budapest’s contemporary underground club life, and, at the same time, an important music, entertainment and cultural part of the capital. Hungarian and international performers, concerts, parties, world music and electroclash, jazz and drum’n’bass, reggae and fouron- the-fl oor. As the 600 square metre rooftop terrace is open from spring to autumn, a beautiful sunrise may be a nice ending to a heavy night out. Underground above the city.