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Buona Bologna, buona vita – the last night in Bologna

The party mod and party mood in Il Piratello - Pubtourist

Seeing Via Belvedere didn’t turn out to be the only highlight of the pub life in Bologna at the end. I had to go and experience Via del Pratello to have it all. It was a long and incredibly crowded street with bars, pubs, street food bistros on both sides and many-many people on the street till Continue reading →

The pub life of Pécs, the fifth largest city of Hungary #2 – Korhely and Lompos Uszkár

Lompos Uszkár in Pécs - Pubtourist

This is how I kept continue my pub discovery in Pécs after Nappali and István Pince. Here comes the story of Korhely Pub and Restaurant and Lompos Uszkár, a summer party place in a museum garden. Right after I finished my classic dinner-lunch in the traditional István Pince, I got a phone call from a friend-girl Continue reading →

Il Calice, Bologna – A real energizer among the tourist sights

Il Calice from outside in Bologna - Pubtourist

Bologna has many faces considering every single feature a city can possibly have. You can get charmed by the historical downtown. You can get lost in maze-like, small and very crowded side streets, full with greengrocers and other vendors before you can escape and arrive to wide open squares again with centuries long sights around you. Continue reading →

The pub life of Pécs, the fifth largest city of Hungary #1

Király street is the main street and also the main pub street of Pécs - Pubtourist

Pécs, the fifth largest Hungarian city is worth to visit for many reasons. It has beautiful natural environment because of the Mecsek mountain range, it has a rich history (which is still in the air through the buildings and monuments), very charming small streets, a tidy downtown…what else? What else? Ahh, I almost forgot, there is a wide Continue reading →

Balatonvilágos, Hungary – The purgatory of the hedonists

The Hedon Beers of Balatonvilagos - Pubtourist

So far, I wrote about bigger towns of Lake Balaton like Siófok and Keszthely. But our popular summer destination is mostly surrounded by smaller settlements with a few thousand or in some cases even only a few hundred inhabitants. As third target in summer of 2016 I pointed out Balatonvilágos, a tiny town with ca. Continue reading →

Alto tasso in Bologna – Temple of the late nighters

The inside of Alto Tasso in Bologna - Pubtourist

Lets face it, even from the perspective of the pubs and bars, Bologna has a lot of flavors! A city this size should have all the possible genres even over the stereotypes. A bohemian party street belongs to the overall picture. In Bologna Via del Pratello is that street. Alto tasso on its side branch is a Continue reading →

The opposite ends of Lake Balaton #1: Keszthely

Lake Balaton with swans in Keszthely - Pubtourist

After the eventful discovery of Siófok, I stopped by two more times last summer and had a closer look at the pub life of two other towns at Lake Balaton, the largest lake of Central Europe. Keszthely in the northeastern corner and Balatonvilágos in the southwestern corner were two very different experience. Lets see the first one! Lake Balaton Continue reading →

Siófok, Lake Balaton – The local pub and the party promenade

Trees in Hungarian national colors in Siófok, Petőfi sétány - Pubtourist

Siófok has an award-winner main square, interesting statues and a beautiful Balaton shore, but when its name is mentioned, most of the young people think of its famous party promenade, Petőfi sétány. I’ve spent three days to experience the difference between the already known party promenade and the real local bars. On the last night Continue reading →

Siófok, Balaton: a collection of pub genres

Siófok, Müller's Hostel and its bar on Emerich Kálmán promenade

Siófok had an entire collection of pub genres. After the first four stops the town had still more to offer. It was a rainy, grey Sunday afternoon. You would never guess,that this has been July. I was about to continue my discovery with real local pubs as long as possible, and only go to the party promenade Continue reading →

Pastis, a latin style mixture in the Bologna night

Pastis, Bologna - Pubtourist

I remained happily a captive of the Via Belvedere in Bologna, even after Fun Cool Oh and headed towards the Market Hall, where a spectacular and vibrate street night life was concentrated all over, on its stairs and in front of it, on the street. The name was Mercato delle Erbe, which means the Market Continue reading →