What’s Going On: Things to Do This February in Budapest

by Virag Eszter Toth and Joe McCann
Hans Zimmer is coming to town. Photo: Warner Brothers.

Here is your monthly Budapest Pulse guide for all the must-do events this February in our fine city. Check it out.


The champion @Katona József Színház – Feb 20th, 26th, 27th & 28th

Stand up for the champion. Photo: Katona Joszef Szinhaz

If you are interested in what is on in a Hungarian theatre but so far you felt trapped because of the language barrier now this is your chance. And trust me you are in best hands (actually ears and eyes) with Béla Pintér. This piece will be performed in Hungarian but there are English subtitles. Pintér was inspired by Puccini’s Il tabarro. A lot of fun, drama and a wide range of emotions are guaranteed.

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The World of Hans Zimmer @ Papp László Sportaréna – February 17th

No time for caution. Photo: Wonderweb.

Hans Zimmer is one of the finest composers working in Hollywood today. His scores for The Dark Knight trilogy, to Dunkirk, to Blade Runner 2049, Frost/Nixon, 12 years a slave, Interstellar & many more are very much part of pop culture. Hans, orchestra will be rolling into Budapest early next week to play some of his greatest hits. Sadly, the legendary man himself won’t be here. Still, this promises to be a great night.

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Taxi Driver @ Bem Mozi – February 18th

Young Bobby D. Photo: MGM.

“Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads. Here is a man who would not take it anymore. A man who stood up against the scum, the cunts, the dogs, the filth, the shit. Here is a man who stood up.” A quote from our hero, Travis Bickle that captures the urgency of Martin Scorsese’s classic, Taxi Driver. Deniro in the performance of a lifetime plays Bickle, an unhinged New York cabbie whose life takes an unexpected turn after a relationship gone wrong. Paul Scharder’s script (I have a copy in my house) is for me one of the best ever written. If you have never seen this movie then do yourself a favour and get down to Bem Mozi on the 18th.

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Grant Gallacher Live @ Davy Byrne’s – February 16th

All smiles. Photo: Glasgow Comedy Festival.

We, Scots have been known to crack a joke or two in this time on our Earth, so it stands to reason that our wee country would produce a few top comedians. Born & raised on the mean streets of Greenock, Grant Gallagher took last years Edinburgh Festival by storm. Grant is in BP for one night only, please do not miss out.

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Comedy Open Mic @ House Bar – February 27th

A night to remember. Photo: House.

Fancy yourself as something of a comedian? Got some jokes lying around that you would love to try out? There is no better place to start than here. Dust off the mic, get on stage & become a legend.

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The Joy Division @ House Bar – February 29th

Nosebleeds all round. Photo: JD.

Confession – it is time for some shameless self-promotion. I started The Joy Division back in the day. The JD is an indie DJ collective that holds the occasional live party. If you enjoy indie, rock & alternative then come down to House Bar.

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Bite the night! @ ELLÁTÓház – February 15th

Deep house. Photo: Bite the Night!

Bite the Night! will be back with their eighth event & it is not to be missed. This is fast becoming one of Budapest’s best trance, house, disco parties.

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Stranger Synths @ Dürer Kert – February 22nd

Who you gonna call? Photo: Quixotic.

These guys throw one hell of a party. Rapturous eighties music & some modern hits thrown in for good measure. With a lively crowd & a great set every single time, Stranger Synths offer an unforgettable night.

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Indoor Beer Festival @ Hotel Gellért – February 14th, 15th, 16th

Brew time. Photo: Indoor beer festival.

Your dry January is over. Now you need to find a safe space to make up for lost time. Don’t worry. We’ve got you. The indoor festival will kick off this weekend. Hubris, Yeast Side, Horizont, Ugar, Harapunk & many, many more will all be pouring out delicious pints.

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Kristóf ‘s Kitchen Beyond Burger @ Burger Market – Various Dates

Vegan delights. Photo: Kristóf ‘s Kitchen.

Kristóf goes beyond meat. Try the latest take on vegan burgers at Burger market Arkad & Király.

More details here

Bottle Logic @ Hopaholic – February 15th

Darkstar. Photo: Bottle Logic.

All the way from Anaheim, Calfornia, Bottle Logic Brewing have been tearing up the craft beer beat since their inception in 2013. Never tried them out? Then you’re in luck. Pulse’s favourtie bar, Hopaholic will host this cracking tasting session. Bottle Logic will take over 8 of Hops taps. Go for Layers of Influence. You won’t regret it.

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