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Benko Dixieland Club
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Bread with lard and dixieland music.

It is a very small cozy club behind the Kalvin Church. To get there use the metro 3 (Blue line) or... read more

Reviewed April 30, 2015
stinkwink
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Sydney, Australia
Must hear them while the original band members are still playing

My Hungarian partner tells me this club has been going since 1967. The bandleader (Benko) is 74... read more

Reviewed April 30, 2015
jmeem42016
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 30, 2015

My Hungarian partner tells me this club has been going since 1967. The bandleader (Benko) is 74 (born 25.8.40) and the other original members are in that age bracket. The original band formed in 1957 apparently. So this is a bit like Preservation Hall in New Orleans, the members are constantly being replaced by younger players and if you want to hear as many original members as possible then don't wait too long.

The club has live music every Wednesday from 18:30-21:15 including two breaks. Rule number 1 is get there early as in before 18:00 preferably 17:30. Seats are limited. The club serves beer, wine and appetisers and the prices are very reasonable. a one-time admission is 1500 forints (about US $6) and if you are staying in Budapest you can buy a pass to the club for 12 months for F 7500 ($30). Two beers with snacks cost F1040 ($4) so this place is a bargain and you haven't heard the music.

They don't just play Dixieland but have a huge repertoire from tours in Hungary and overseas. Apparently they've played over 10,000 times and Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush both thought they were great (in 1987 and 2007 respectively). They play Blues, classical, some old romantic songs from the 50s and before, plus when we were there last night they had two "duelling" banjo players and wild banjo music. Some people were dancing as they played. You can go in and out during this nearly three hours for refills as do the players themselves. You can also speak to them during breaks because the club is quite small. I think there are 70 seats on the "audience" side plus the opposite side has tables and I'm guessing seats another 30. So its an intimate atmosphere and many of the patrons seem to be regulars.

If you like live music you'll love this place. If you're my age DON'T wear hearing aids because the music is very loud and any amplification is totally unnecessary.

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Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

We are regulars at this bar. One of the greatest contemporaty musician Benkó Sándor's dixieland and jazz band truly fantastic performances. Must arrive early. Always full. The place is quite small, but that is the beauty of it. You feel very special to be that close to the performance. You can also talk to the musicians during the break, as they will drink at the same bar as the audiance. Very friendly artists, and most talented jazz and dixie music. Well worth the time.

Thank Gabriella H
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Reviewed June 18, 2013
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