Spare time, entertainment

Restaurants, cafés and bars (hospitality services)

Although we Hungarians are known for our hospitality, as everywhere in the world, there are occasional tricks and rip-offs to look out for. Therefore in restaurants make sure you first get appropriate information on the prices and never pay above the price displayed on the price list.

If you are satisfied with the service leave a tip. The wages of Hungarian waiters, hostesses are greatly supplemented by their tips, therefore if you feel like they have deserved it don’t hold back. The generally accepted level of tips is 10%, but if you order your drinks at the bar you may refrain from tipping.

It’s not a common practice to add the tip to the bill, however it may happen so before paying be sure to check whether service fees were added to your bill.

Smoking

Since January 2012 smoking is forbidden in all restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs and similar venues.

You are also forbidden to smoke at public transportation stops, underground pathways, playgrounds, stadiums and within a 5 meter radius of these places.

Alcohol consumption

Unlike in other countries, the age limit for drinking in Hungary is 18 years (not 21)!

Several districts forbid the sale of alcohol in stores in the evening (the precise times vary) and some penalize public drinking, most often though you only get a notice. The ban sale does not apply to restaurants, clubs, cafés and similar venues.

At clubs and bars always guard your drink, never leave it unattended.

If you want to try something quintessentially Hungarian have a taste of Unicum or the famous Tokaji Aszú!

 

 

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