Welcome to Budapest, ya’all! The city where Madonna found out that she is pregnant. The city where you can get a bottle of good wine for less than four Euros. The city where the Bel Ami boys are for real. What else do you need? Oh, I know… I guide for this month’s most spectacular events… and some insider tips from a local gay spy.
They say communication can best be learnt through art. To understand, to be open to the others, to be more tolerant, to ponder and to respond. The Budapest Autumn Festival to be held this year for the eighteenth time, and the major aim is to make people realize the concept of “Budapest, festival city” and to show how important is Budapest as a European cultural centre. Plays, shows, music and dance events, ehibitions and many more – for those who came to see and not just to shop, fuck and go. October’s most important movie premiere is the Julie and Julia, starring the world’s best actress, Meryl Streep. Julia Child and Julie Powell are separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends… until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and cooking, anything is possible. If you prefer theatre over cinema, walk to the Nagymező utca – the Broadway of Pest – and pick one from the wide selection of musicals, comedies and dance shows. The Operett is the gayest theatre in town, with it’s kitchy charm.
If you are bored of culture and u just wanna get into Cindy Lauper’s mood „Girls just wanna have fun”, just take a cab and be a party monster in the Alterego, the most fun gay club of the city, with the most amazing trannie shows… don’t be surprised if you’ll be exposed by one of the ladies on the stage, they are really into forigners. Check out the recently opened Glam, the always packed, classic one, the Capella. Isnsider’s gay coffee places are the Club 93 the Amstel River Coffee and Eklektika – all with friendly staff, and yummie bites, including that hot guy by the table next to you.
Are you guys into sports? Legendary Budapest Marathon Organisation’s next event will be the 24th Budapest International Marathon in October 2009. The expected participants’s number is over 15000, sure there will be some cute boys wearing tights. The course of the race takes place in the most beautiful parts of our capital, we can run across the Heroes’ Square, through the „5’th Avenue-like” Andrássy Street (don’t stop to shop!), past the Buda Castle and the gorgeous Parliament. While running, we can admire the breath-taking view of the city from the Chain Bridge, and check out the infamous statues of the guarding lions, who doesn’t have tongues. Rumor has it that the artist killed himself over this tiny mistake.In October Papp László Budapest Sportaréna hosts Boris Becker, Pat Cash, Yannick Noah, Thomas Muster, and many other hot heroes of tennis. In the last year this tournament was an amazing success in Budapest: Balázs Taróczy will present it again – he was champion in Wimbledon, with Heinz Guenthard!
In case of you are more intrested in other kind of „sports”, also starts with „s”, you should find the local saunas, Magnum and 69. Some says that spas are more winter fun, but I think it’s never too hot for picking someone hot. Budapest’s famous baths, Gellért, Szécheny and Lukács are more sophisticated so if you want to act like “Oh, I totally came for the health spa experience, who cares about guys!”, go for it! But ofcourse, if you wanna get sexed, you have to get dressed first, so let me “dress you up with my love”!
The showrooms of the Je Suis Belle, Nanushka and USE – unused are not listed in the travel book’s boring and shallow shopping catalogues but trust me – it worth to find them and make an appointment. Look up Hungary’s unique, amazing young fashionista designers on the Internet. For the lazy ones: the Károlyi garden’s vintage and designer shop, Retrock De Lux has all the essentials by the fashion-ganxtas of the Hungarian couture. I could give you some shopaholic advice about the high class fashion on the Fashion Street and the Belváros area over Zara and Pull’n’Bear, but I decided to concentrate on vintage and underground style. All the best shops are in the Astoria metro stop: the Poster Urban Outfit is the only hungarian shop with the genious jeans of the Cheap Monday company, and the Retrock, which brings you the best vintage-rock T-shirts, Luke Worrell-kinda hats, and oversized sunglasses. This is the area where you can meet all the real trendy youngsters of our city: hotties wearing skinny jeans and trashy-looking but very expensive hearcuts. If you are into fashion, grab a copy from the magazine „The Room”. It’s Hungary’s absoultley fabulous trend magazine, coming out in every new season.
Whatever I missed, can be found in our free gay guide magazine, Na Végre!, get it in the nearest queer club. If you want more (I don’t mean that, silly), just click on the „Get Me In” patch on the headline of the site. Have a pleasant stay… oh, what am I talking about this is no tea party at the Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss any opportunity to have fun and be shameless about enjoying yourself, the Hungaran derring-do and anything, or anyone you wish for.
Xoxo, Kristóf Steiner, your Local Gay Spy