Budapest turned out to be a wonderful place to find craft beer. I stayed at the Marriott on the Danube River in the middle of the downtown area. From this location one could easily walk around and see the tourist sites, as well as get to a couple of very nice craft beer bars within a 10-15 minute walk.
Csak a jó sör
Csak a jó sör translates into "The Only Good Place". It had amazing character and even better beer. The place was small with a few tables and a sitting area. It was busy but not crowded, with a nice collection of locals and tourist. They had 6 beers on tap, most of them Hungarian, and a large cooler with another 50-60 bottled beers from around the world. This cooler was placed open to the room so the customers could open the doors to look at all the beers and read labels for the ones that seem interesting. To add to the ambiance, some of the walls were covered in shelving stocked with beers from around the world.
The guy pouring beer was fabulous. He was very friendly, helpful and a true beer expert. We had a great discussion on the tap beer selection, which actually one of his own beers. We met some locals who go there on a regular basis. They were very friendly and happy to share their knowledge of the Budapest's craft beer scene.
Locaton: Kertész u. 42
Nearest Metro: Oktogon Station, M1 Line (Yellow)
Updated Mar '15
Léhűtő Kézműves Söröző
This place was an easy walk of about 5-7 block from Csak a jó sör". It is very open with plenty of seating. Well lit with music playing. They had about 6 craft beers on tap - all Hungarian. In addition, there was a cooler with a good selection of Hungarian and international craft beer. This cooler was behind the bar so you could not open the door and look through your options. The bar tender was helpful in answering questions about the beer in the case.
Locaton: Holló u. 12-14
Nearest Metro: Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út Station, M1 Line (Yellow)
Updated Mar '15