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Palack Wine Bar

photo by John Szabo, MS

Palack (“Bottle”) is one of the few wine bars on the Buda side of Budapest, next to the famous Géllert Hotel and Spa—making it a convenient post-treatment stop for a glass or three. Multiple flights of three 1.5-ounce pours, each featuring a local producer, rotate regularly, complemented by a list of bottles and by-the-glass choices that cover Hungarian name brand producers (Royal Tokaj, Szepsy, Fekete Béla, Heimann) as well as up-and-comers (Laposa, Skizó, Böjt). The menu is mainly cold plates and panini. For a full menu of traditional Hungarian dishes like chicken soup, rare duck breast and roasted goose liver, visit sister operation 0,75 Bistro (1051 Budapest, Szent István tér 6), opposite Saint Stephen’s Basilica in the center of Pest. The wine list mirrors Palack’s.

Szent Gellért tér 3, Budapest, Hungary

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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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