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List Published of All Party District Venues Staying Open After Midnight

Fanni Kaszás 2020.09.04.

Last Friday, the new rules concerning pubs, bars, and clubs in Budapest’s so-called “party district” area which regulate the opening hours and operation of restaurants at night more strictly than ever before, have come into effect. Although there was some uncertainty about closing hours since many places did not receive their special permits in time to be able to stay open after midnight, now the municipality of the VII District published the list of all exempted venues.

The new rules state that places in the area bordered by Király Street, Erzsébet Boulevard (on both sides), Rákóczi Road, and Károly Boulevard can only be open between midnight and 6 am if they request and receive a special permit from the local government.

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The inner part of the downtown 7th district, spanning from Károly Boulevard to Erzsébet Boulevard, also known as the “party district,” has long been under debate. Over the years, the party scene has grown greater every year, generating higher and higher profits for business owners and tax for the central and local governments. However, the noise and behavior of party-goers, the garbage littering the streets, and the extended opening hours have been the subject of a long-standing feud between residents, apartment leasers, and club owners.

They also have to comply with special rules, such as not allowing guests to take alcohol out on the streets; they must clean the street in front of their establishment; they must not give out drinks in plastic cups; they should also allow toilet use for those who are not paying guests; they cannot carry goods (“container handling activity”) between 10 pm and 6 am; and they should measure and limit noise levels. Shops can only stay open after midnight if they don’t sell alcohol between 10pm and 6am. Places that break the rules can be fined, and would have to close for three days or, ultimately, the municipality may even permanently revoke their opening permit.

Party District Silence Regulation Enters into Effect
Party District Silence Regulation Enters into Effect

Back in June, the local government of Budapest’s 7th District, the so-called “party district,” adopted new rules concerning pubs, bars, and clubs in the area which regulate the opening hours and operation of restaurants at night, more strictly than ever before. As of midnight today, the new regulations will be in effect, and venues can […]Continue reading

The new rules and the applications for special permits have obviously shaped the party scene in the center of Budapest’s night life. Last week, as we previously reported, there was some uncertainty about closing hours, as many places were still waiting for feedback from the municipality regarding their permit, enabling them to stay open after midnight. However, it seems that the situation is now settled, as the municipality has posted a list of all the places that applied for and got the permit in time. A total of 138 applicants asked for the special permit, out of which 102 venues have been exempt from closing after midnight. That means only a third of the venues have asked to be able to stay open after midnight.

featured photo: Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI


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