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After first opening its doors in the early 20th century, the Café Hadik became a popular venue for many of Budapest’s artists and writers. Waiters dressed in tuxedoes served drinks to the background of live piano music, as patrons engaged in animated conversations about the latest theatre performance or about recently published novels (whose authors would likely be Café Hadik regulars).
The establishment’s golden age was during the 1920s, when a true bohemian atmosphere reigned, and when many patrons sought to heal the emotional wounds of the First World War with shots of fiery pálinka. Ironically, the coffee at the Café Hadik was not the best around, which is why almost nobody ordered it, preferring to imbibe on other drinks instead. Although the recent remodelling of the premises has given them a contemporary look, the café has retained a pleasant retro feel, with life-sized murals of past famous guests looking down onto the patrons. As was the case in the past, poetry readings and other literary events continue to take place from time to time, while on the menu, Ernest Hemingway cocktailsand other “literary” items are on offer.
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