We are one of those people in Budapest who do not have a balcony or terrace, or any small place to go outside to – and so with the very first warmer days we start dreaming about having just a very little place outside, enough for a few colourful chairs and a folding table, with ivy creeping up the railing, fat little angels peering down at us from the walls; soft bar music would play, and the ice bucket would offer a bottle of white wine or champagne, while we take a bit of different kinds of pasties and crunchy vegetables.
And that is the point where we come to our senses and go to Liebling, in the Seventh District. This terrace, right next to Fogasház, has everything we were just dreaming of: it is so friendly and inviting that we don’t even mind having to share it with some other people. It’s perfect for long talks with friends, having a breath on hot days, or having a drink before going out to drink on the weekends. It doesn’t matter if some of you are wine people but some others prefer spirits: they have an impressive wine list, but also whiskey, vodka and rum to match it.
And when colder days loom, you do not have to give up on Liebling: descending the wood-panelled staircase you find the ground floor, a space of differently coloured wooden cubes of different sizes, with pleasantly shabby walls. You wouldn’t think this used to be the quite out-of-the-way cloakroom of Fogasház. And when the chilly and slimy November comes, we will come again, sit down under the lamps with their warm light.