April 25th, 2012

Zöld Pardon and Coke Club Latest Victims in Ongoing War on Nightlife


Following last year’s eviction of Zöld Pardon, the teenage-friendly concert/disco venue began building its new location one bridge to the south in Buda, even announcing last weekend as its opening night, with a concert featuring Hungarian hard rock staple Tankcsapda. Except it never happened.

After complaints from the nearby Infopark were sent to the local government, they refused to issue Zöld Pardon the necessary operating permits, thereby preventing the venue from opening. We don’t have any new details on where the permit process stands, but hope it comes through, if for no other reason that ZP has always meant that teenagers generally stay away from the places we frequent.

In further bad-for-your-nightlife news, Siófok’s Coke Club, once described to me by a Dutch friend as “way too depraved”, recently closed its doors after fifteen years, since the local government ruled (following complaints) that it would have to end its music programs by 9pm and close its doors by 11pm. The operators said they will not seek to reopen elsewhere.

Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch, the former Minister of Youth who is noted for his unceasing support of youthful merriment, blasted the decision on Twitter, saying that Hungarian local governments might as well just close all nightlife places, later adding that they would even close Paris’s Latin Quarter given the opportunity. Psst, Tomi, don’t give them any ideas! [index.hu/origo.hu/index.hu]

And here is what people were saying back before we forced readers to use Facebook to comment. Weren't those the days?
  1. Frankly Franklin says:

    Way to go, losers! Keep ruining the only thing bringing you any hard currency: Tourism and nightlife.

  2. Adam Auer says:

    Franklin, what are you talking about? Zöld Pardon has hardly paid any taxes; and they only paid for 1/5th of the used surface… totally peanuts.
    And have you seen their new location? It’s at 50m max. from lots of international companies with 24/7 support teams. The noise will make it impossible to operate normally.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the Zöld Pardon but the current location is an accident waiting to happen. There’s not even a proper crossroad for the visitors, so it just a matter of time that someone will get killed.
    They should have moved the Zöld to the other side of the bridge, near to the bay.

  3. Francois says:

    Yesterday I went to the opening night of Park, the new mega kert at the opposite site of the Danube. There were hardly 100 people in a place with 12,000 capacity, and the sound of the Dorfmeister live set was horrible… like if the music speakers were completely “wrongly tuned”.
    I’m really not sure how long this place will last.

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