Unique Cocktails With a Breathtaking View
White Raven skybar & lounge, the capital's only skybar in the Buda Castle area, awaits guests with a true five-star experience, offering a breathtaking panoramic view, unique cocktails, food, and stylish design.
Located atop Budapest's highest located five-star hotel in the immediate neighborhood of Matthias Church, the skybar enchants those longing for a cocktail with a view to the gems of Budapest which were hidden until now. Margaret Island can be admired from an angle never seen before, while the Danube seems grander than ever.
In addition to the view, the bar offers a special selection of drinks and food. The White Raven's seven signature cocktails have been created especially for the bar by Mátyás Barta, bar manager, and Norbert Schök. The drink list does not feature ordinary cocktail names for the signature cocktails, but appellations that define quality, nature, and personality: strength, perseverance, courage, faith, will, honor and humility. The seven drinks linked to the legend of the Raven's seven tail feathers were developed in a two-week workshop.
After some 10 hours of experimentation per day, followed by 4-5 hours of planning and evaluation - each drink turned out to be a performance in its own right.
"The names of the cocktails were taken from the mythology related to the Raven's tail feathers and they reflect and support the color, mood, presentation, and experience offered by the cocktails. I don't really believe in half solutions, so we tested, polished, reduced and increased the ingredients until the entire cocktail line matured into a rounded whole," Mátyás Barta explains.
Another important pillar of the skybar's gastronomic experience, in addition to the cocktails, is what Imre Maráczi, culinary director, and Zoltán Graur, culinary chef, have come up with to put on the plates.
"It's a rare opportunity to dream up a skybar menu that appeals to all the senses. So, we were full of ideas right from the start. We put our heads together with the team, and the concepts were put on the plates under the professional guidance of executive chef András Kanyó and culinary chef Zoltán Graur. The White Raven's menu features bar dishes; we've tried to create something new with each course, to be a worthy accompaniment to the amazing signature cocktails Mátyás and his team dreamed up. And what did we have in mind when we started? Just what we always have: to make something others don’t make," notes Imre Maráczi, referring to not only the basics of the gastronomic experience but also the interior design solutions.
The 3D ceramic mosaics are the spitting image of the Zsolnay tiles on the Matthias Church. The back wall of the bar, serving as a drink holder, pays homage to the church's stained glass windows. The arrangement of the tables and chairs is designed to offer a wonderful view no matter where you sit. The contemporary bar counter is a great place to make acquaintances with strangers, but if you happen to arrive with a group of people, you will find the large round lounge tables equally as comfortable.
All this praises the design of Nathalie Rottenburg. The Spanish-born, Brazilian-raised hotel design expert has been working with the Danubius hotel chain since 2015, and the established working relationship is absolutely convincing: an immaculate yet lively experience.
Danubius Hotels is owned by the U.K.-based CP Holdings Ltd., with hotel interests in 5 countries across Europe. As a long-term investor, they are committed to the renovation and conservation of properties of national treasure. The chain boasts the oldest and most prestigious hotel properties in Hungary, excellent city hotels such as the Hilton Budapest or the Radisson Blu Béke Hotel. The owners, trusting in the expertise of Danubius, are committed to the further expansion of the hotel chain. The latest gem of the company is the White Raven skybar & lounge.
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