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The bar scene regardless of orientation is volatile, most likely due to the low wages of the local working stiffs regardless of their profession. There is not much discretionary income to spend in bars. Gay bars open and close in the blink of an eye. The gay bar scene in Budapest is largely male-oriented though progress is being made for women. Ladies are welcomed at most of the bars and there is a once-a-month PURE Party for lesbians. The dates and venues change, so for reliable and up-to-date information, if you find your way to one of the bars, there is a monthly gay magazine available. Although it is in Hungarian, there are resource pages in English in the back with current events. Alternatively visit www.budapestgaycity.net, www.gayguide.net, or subscribe to the free Yahoo Gay Budapest Information group by sending an e-mail to gaybudapestinfo-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

While I have your attention, if you are reading this section, chances are you will be interested in the gay-owned/friendly restaurants. Look for Amstel River Café, Club 93 Café, and Café Eklektika.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.