Gödör Klub

Rating: 8.8/10

During the winter months, Gödör is a like a hibernating bear: on the inside it's very much alive, but above ground, there's not much going on. With the first signs of spring, the bear (stick with it) emerges from its cave.

As the weather picks up, people arrive in droves, crowding the steps leading down into the "ditch." Loners with books, gear-heads with their bicycles, and friends hanging out in the sun, blanket nearly every inch of space, inside and out, day and (especially) night.

Gödör occupies the space that was supposed to be the car park for the Hungarian National Theatre (eventually built elsewhere), and they've converted it into a teeming cultural pit. All this space allows it to be a jack-of-all-trades and master of some. What the outside lacks in the dead of winter, it makes up for with the happenings inside. One of the most revered programs is Balkan Beats, a monthly event that sees Balkan fusion bands from around the world coupled with DJs of the same genre. The turnout is pretty epic.

It’s easy to catch the best local musicians and smaller international acts, with shows often free or bearing a reasonable ticket price. Performance art and theatre is a mainstay, and art/design exhibitions regularly take place in one of the many rooms. I recall seeing a rather large group showing of innovative performance pieces in a cellar room – akin to a brand new empty warehouse – which I never knew existed.

The cement supports and many exposed walls give Gödör a minimalist feel that you might expect with a converted space. However, there is little pretense floating around, making it the perfect spot for anyone, regardless of age or background.

Although neither Instant nor Szimpla could really be described as a “meat market” (that being reserved for Morrison's), Gödör is one step further away. Sure you can troll for prospective hook-ups, but that never seems to be the primary fixation. It’s just about hanging out.

As close to the center of the city as they come, Gödör also makes the perfect gathering spot, without having to actually go in! Though drinks are moderately priced, (around 400 forint for standard beers) if you’re going to be doing the majority of your hanging outside, it’s smart to bring your own libations. Beware though, the 24-hour Match located at the end of nearby Király utca seemingly runs out of beer by ten in the evening. The same goes for the surrounding 0-24 shops, so grab your drinks early if you’re drinking on the cheap. The smart choice is cans of Arany Ászok because that's exactly what they sell inside!!!

Whether the weather permits, January or June, Gödör is a place for everyone, with a real range of entertainment. It's a bear that welcomes you no matter what he's up to, no matter what the season, and he won't even be too concerned about whose soup you're eating!

To see what's happening at Gödör, check their official website here.

Service: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: 8.5/10

Value for money: 8.5/10
What people we know think: 9.5/10

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To find Gödör, simply surface at Deák tér and look for the grassy patch. You should see the stairs that descend to the club.

Jacob P.



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