i've got a letter from the "Royal Palace" Night Club from Budapest, where they discribe the situation about the problems of the Nightclubs in Budapest:
Taxi drivers ask for extra money after each passengers from the bars and clubs, 50-70 Euro, in Budapest. It is paid by you in the entry fee. So we seriously ask you not take any taxi. We will take you, so the ride and the entry are free of charge.
I can not uderstand...You??
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Same thing is in Istambul, people there told me...beware of clubs with black windows in central city area.......
Wow! Does anyone have anything good to say about Budepest? I am going there this summer, and would love some info on the best place(s) to stay. I'm on a budget - so 20 euro/night is max.
And thanks for the info on "nightclubs"!
Somehow, I have the impression you may want to pass on the strip-clubs.
Budapest is lovely but like any large city, does have a few "seedy" areas. Avoid those areas and you will have a great time! As one poster mentioned, the food is amazingly inexpensive there. (Compared to NYC, you'll practically feel like your getting a 5 course dinner for about the price of a cup of coffee!)
(Who avoids strip clubs at all cost no matter what city she's in)
Oh, I'm definitely staying out of the strip clubs - although it would be an interesting cultural experience. I hope to find a cool pub where there aren't TOO many tourists and hang out there.
Ladymacwilly, do you know which areas in Budapest are considered seedy? I assume Districts 1, 5, 6, and 7 are really nice/residential.
Any advice on pubs/bars with a local feel are much appreciated.
this kind of thing happens in every major city if you don't know where to go. i knew some guys who went to a strip club in london. i think it was called girls, girls, girls. or something like that. they were there for less than a half hour and had two cokes before they went to leave. the bouncers wouldn't let them go until they paid 200 dollars! supposedly the strip club was a russian mob front, but i'm not sure. they definitely got scammed. so avoid that place as well. i'd ask the people at your hostel/hotel where to go. they're always informative.
i lived there for a while and only had one scam. on the train to Serbia we were woken by the conductors and asked pay about $200 to cross the boarder. turns out we werent even there yet. didt pay and got booted off, not to get on another train till the morning!
budapest, though, it lovely. i dont think you have to be extra cautious. when you are out just be careful as you normally would. but the streets are safe and i dont think you will get scammed with a tab while you are out as long as you pay as you go.
In Italy a guy had to pay 800 € for one beer. You should always ask for the drink list, get a receipt before you start drinking and confirm the price before you order it. If you don't speak the language, have them write it on a piece of paper.
And to those who wonder why he paid, there is a lot of this going on and if you go to the police, you can believe that they know about it and don't care about you at all. The best thing you can do is call your credit card company and explain the story. Most likely they will not pay the bar or restaurant.
There is a different mentality in this region and you don't really get it until after living there for a few months. It is always good to make a friend on a train, bus, bar too....someone you FEEL you can trust. They can get you out of these situations.
What they would have been done with you, if u didn't paid?
Me and my boyfriend went to Budapest for a few days before Christmas. We didn't go to any nightclubs but the city was brilliant. The buildings are absolutely amazing and the food was gorgeous. If you're careful to avoide these scams that other people have experienced you should really enjoy it