Doblo Wine Bar & Shop - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Doblo Wine Bar & Shop

photo by John Szabo, MS

Nearly ten years old, Doblo is one of the original Budapest wine bars, stationed in the heart of the old Jewish Quarter. It’s also among the most welcoming, with exposed brick, elegant chandeliers, a 40-foot bar and live jazz. Two dozen wines by the glass, all Hungarian, change weekly and include hard-to-find micro-producers such as Imre Györgykovács from Somló and Havas & Tímár in Eger. You can pre-order specially themed guided tastings online. Craft beer, multiple types of fröccs (wine spritzers) and premium pálinka (fruit brandy) round out the drink selections; to eat, there are cheese plates, house-made pâtés and charcuterie. Bottles are available to go at 20 percent off the list price.

Dob utca 20, Budapest, Hungary

Wine Bar, Retail Shop


John Szabo, MS, has been traveling to Hungary since the late 1970s—first to visit relatives, and later to start J & J Eger Wine Co., where he makes kékfrankos with partner János Stumpf. But his day job is writing about wine and researching the world’s best wine bars.

This story appears in the print issue of February 2019.
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