Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Early nights could harm Bratislava's tourism

Opening hours of restaurants and pubs not just “Bratislava’s thing”.

(Source: Sme)

Summer is over and nights are getting too cold to sit outside, but opening hours of pubs and restaurants in central Bratislava still provide for a heated discussion.

The whole issue started after some municipal councillors endorsed their citizens’ call for the pubs and restaurants in the Old Town to be closed by 22:00 every night. However, the Old Town’s Mayor Radoslav Števčík failed to sign the proposal arguing that such a decision was beyond the competencies of the municipality.

Read also:Read also:Old Town mayor halts lights out initative in Bratislava

Števčík, however, appreciates the proposal in its content and sees it as an effort to protect the citizens of his borough.

“We were elected by citizens, not by tourists or visitors of the city,” Števčík told the Sme daily, adding that it is his and the council’s duty to ensure public order and quiet at night. Owners of businesses in the centre of the capital are strongly dissatisfied with the proposal. In their opinion, the municipality wants to turn the Old Town into a ghost town. Some of the owners are naturally afraid of lower profits. But others don’t seem to be angry.

Ghost town?

“In our restaurant we don’t have a problem with the new proposal of opening hours,” Natália Haramiová, manager of restaurant Korzo located in the centre, told The Slovak Spectator. The good name of restaurants and pubs in Bratislava is damaged only by several black sheep.”

She admits, however, that the Old Town and mainly its historical centre lives off of tourists.

“If we don’t want it to become a ghost town, it’s necessary to set apart zones where people can find fun at night,” Haramiová said.

Businesses in the centre would appreciate having longer opening hours especially during the summer season.

“In the summer we organise concerts on Hviezdoslavovo square and I am sure that visitors would be glad if they last longer than until 22:00,” Haramiová said.

She admits that citizens of Old Town tolerate the consequences of nightlife, but have no advantages from the tourist’s taxes.

“Maybe the city should spend some of this money to pay for cleanliness in the streets of The Old Town,” she suggested.

The fact is that some of the restaurants and pubs in Bratislava close at 22:00 every day regardless of the municipal rules, among them also the top five restaurants according to people using the rating system on Trip Advisor. 

Košice struggles too

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access


29 €
You save 17.80 € compared with monthly subsription
9.90 €
You save 1.80 € compared with monthly subsription
0.98 €
Price is only for new subscribers for their first month. All other months are standard price of 3.90€

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Topic: Bratislava

Top stories

Kiska will appoint new government on Thursday

The president reportedly asked for the dismissal of current Police Corps president; the interior minister nominee is ready to act.

Peter Pellegrini (l) and President Andrej Kiska (r)

Laššáková talks about "money from overseas" in the third sector

Proposed culture minister first said Fico was right about Soros, then apologised for her statement.

Culture-ministry appointee, Ľubica Laššáková

Tomáš Drucker may become new interior minister

Following the president's refusal to appoint the new government, designated PM Peter Pellegrini will submit a new list of candidates on March 21.

Health Minister Tomáš Drucker

Pellegrini – Smer’s crown prince or Fico’s puppet?

Peter Pellegrini will be appointed prime minister. These are the 10 notable moments in his political career.

Peter Pellegrini