Gerbeaud Pub

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Gerbeaud PubGerbeaud Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

Vörösmarty Tér 7
Budapest, 1052

(+36) 1 429 9022 | map

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Added by bruachan on 09-17-2005

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of BenBreeg
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 1

Photo of Dogbrick
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

Gerbeaud is located in Vörösmarty Square. There is a lot of pedestrian traffic there so I am not sure what the car parking situation is, but we had no problem finding a place for our bikes.

The downstairs Pub was closed on our visit, with a sign directing people to the patio. No problem as it was a beautiful day. The interior also has a small gift shop and restaurant seating. The terrace has full service though.

As far as I could tell Gerbeaud only had one beer available, and contrary to what I thought while planning my visit there, the beer is not brewed on site. The one beer I did try (Gerbeaud Superior) was just average.

Service was decent considering the culture and language barrier.

We did not try any food on this visit.

Overall there is no real reason not to stop here if in the Vörösmarty area. It's a little overpriced but so are most things in the tourist areas, and it is an easy way to get your hands on a Hungarian beer.

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Photo of ladnewton
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Situated in the centrally-located Vörösmarty Square, an imposing palatial building dating back a century and a half dominates a full side of the square. The actual Gerbeaud pub occupies the left wing of the house and, through the summer months, provides a large, covered outdoor seating area, great for people-watching. The remainder of the building houses a huge restaurant with banqueting functionality on a royal scale and an exquisite confectionery shop and café. While these are of course worth a visit I will concentrate on the pub in this review.

Three beers are available, brewed to a secret recipe held for generations. Sadly the beer is no longer brewed on the premises but you can tour the old vaulted cellar brewery onsite. Of particular note was the pilsner style beer which was very dry and hoppy with that great "spliff-smoke" aroma sometimes experienced with good German pilsners. The wheatbeer was a good reminder of the ORIGINAL Hoegaarden, but again with the flavour spectrum enriched.

You MUST, and I mean must, try the Gerbeaud goulash offering. You will not be disappointed. A full-flavoured succulent stew comes in a generous portion with a delicious light pastry topping that balances it perfectly. It really was so good I almost visited the pub twice; and would have done so if I was there for longer.

In summary this is not an English-style pub but a continental beerhouse, the atmosphere buzzes in the mid to late evenings with locals and tourists enjoying a pint and a bite to eat. It is easily reached by metro and the prices for food and beer although high by Budapest standards (you are in the centre of town) compare very favourably with any gastropub in London. English (at least to a limited degree) is spoken.


I wrote this review shortly after visiting in August 2007 and, as a regular beerintheevening (B.I.T.E.) reviewer have tried to get the pub listed since then! You guys have got there first.

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Photo of IPA17
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

They had only 1 brew available and it's only ok-reportedly they brew an additional 2 beers but were out of the others (none are actually brewed on premises). The bar is really nice but it was closed. They have a nice outdoor area that they use instead of the bar when it's nice out. The overall quality was ok. The service was not the best. They were very slow and understaffed (though most of the service in Budapest was slow). The food was pretty good. The prices in Budapest were very good in general but this place was a bit pricey. As far as brewpubs, not good. As the only place in Budapest where they brew beer, well, you beer hunters get the drift.

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Photo of downes51
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Let's get this clear right away... this establishment is NOT a brew pub. It's a decent enough cellar bar in the heart of the tourist area of central Pest, and the prices charged reflect this.

The first thing you see as you walk into the room are some beer-coppers, but it is obvious that they are just there for decoration. The beer described as local comes from somewhere else, which I understand to be fairly nearby.

Enough of this, it's quite a nice place, though I've never seen it with many people inside it. Mind you perhaps it's busier in the summer.

It's not especially pricey given the area, and worth a try.

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Photo of johndawsonaustin
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

For such a large place, if you didn't know it existed, you wouldn't find it. "Gerbeaud" is predominanntly a confectioners with a cafe and shop on the street level, but if you venture downstairs, you will find a fairly large brewpub in typical east-european style.

If you arrive at night, don't be too put off by the lack of lighting or activity through the windows. You need to ignore this and enter the cafe (even if it looks closed) from the west door, where you can cross to the stairs and venture on downwards.

We arrived at around 8pm on a Saturday, and found the there was only the two of us and one other couple in the whole place, so amazingly quiet.

The venue is clean, and well lit, and if it had some customers, would be quite a pleasant place to be. The food is generally good quality typical Hungarian style, with good sized portions and flavoursome. The goulash soup is to be recommended on a cold winter's evening.

Some websites state that there are two beers brewed on the premises, but when I was there, there was only one; a light pilsner coloured lager, with a fairly sweet taste to it, not unlike the Indian Cobra, for example.

Worth a visit if you are in the Pest side of Budapest, but probably not worth crossing the bridge over the Danube for.

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Gerbeaud Pub in Budapest, Hungary
3.43 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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