on January 24, 2007
This is a big place. You enter to face a long bar. There are some foosball tables in the corner and a few tables. This is definitely the quieter part of the place.If you take a left and go through the plastic curtains you come to a smaller bar. Fewer drink options here, but this is where you will find the food later in the evening. We never ate here, but it smelled so good all night long. There are a couple of tables here, but it's not really a place to perch—just move on through.Go through more red curtains and you're in the main arena. It's a huge room with another huge bar and a stage. There was a band playing early in the evening—I'm told this place has live music or a DJ every night.The band was local, though I'm told that sometimes the West Balkan hosts bigger names. This four-member band played what I can only call Hungarian folk rap. Think about it. That noise you hear in your head is probably pretty accurate.It seemed strange to me, but there were a lot of people there and they really seemed to enjoy the band! There were many dancers in front of the stage.There is also a big projection screen. At the time it was just showing various images, probably something that went along with the songs.Wine starts at 150 forints per glass, while beer starts around 350. Mixed drinks, naturally, go much higher. Coffee and teas are also available.Despite the unusual music, we had a great time at West Balkan. It's a great place to meet people. I loved it especially because I had the best of both bar worlds in one: I could go to the big room to dance, or I could hang out in the quieter areas in the front to talk with my friends.
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