on January 24, 2007
I loved this place from the moment I stepped in. It's my kind of bar—quiet, artsy, cozy. There were spiral stairs leading to a landing and a table, and more spiral stairs leading to another floor.We were there around 8:30 on a Thursday night, but already it was packed. We had actually shown up to see the band playing downstairs, but upon our arrival we found out that we had to have tickets, and those had sold out just an hour ago. So I didn't get to see the basement, but my Hungarian friend told me they often host musical or theatrical shows there.There is also a large room in the back, the doorway of which we ended up standing in because we couldn't find a place to sit. This room has a large projection screen, and they often screen movies there. On this day they were setting up a movie about Budapest before the war. We watched parts of it as I drank my wine (180 forints).If I lived in Budapest, I would frequent Siraly. It's a place you go with your friends to talk, but not really a place you go to meet new people. Take some buddies and check it out. If you manage to get a seat, I think you'll feel right at home, as I did.
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