When I came to Budapest many pints of Guinness ago, there weren’t too many places celebrating St. Patrick’s day. Now the city has many venues that embrace this joyous occasion, none more so than one of the original Irish pubs in town.
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This authentic establishment, run by a small, shy, tender little Irishman called Declan O'Callaghan, has continued to party on ever since those first days when I came to live in Hungary.
Declan has successfully steered this Guinness tanker in the right direction for many years, and when it comes to partying for St. Pat this is still a great public place to paint the town green.
The venue in question is of course 'Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub', better known just as Becketts. Since it moved from the famous old place on Bajcsy Zsilinszky to its new home on Liszt Ferenc square, it has gradually climbed back up the party place league table, and is now really enjoying itself again.
Last Friday, 17 March 2017, around 500 folks enjoyed the atmosphere here from 11am until the last guest left, in the evening when the XpatLoop crew were there Declan said around 200 were in the pub.
Only St. Paddy knows how many people visited Becketts over the long weekend of feastivities, which started last Thursday morning and went on to Sunday night, as Declan is understandably now on holiday.
This St. Patrick’s weekend in Budapest was a big one, and I just took in a taster on Friday of what was about to come - 'craic-ing' good times, funny hats and plenty of the black stuff - as the Hungarian capital took on a vibrant shade of the Emerald Isle… “Sláinte!”
Words & photos by Russell Skidmore for XpatLoop.com
After an extensive career in advertising - as an Art Director & Creative Director in London, Paris and Budapest for leading agencies - Russel transferred the skills and knowledge gained to the development of his own successful company covering wedding, event, PR and portrait photography: www.russell-skidmore-photography.co.uk
Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations In Budapest