Whispers Pub in Bucharest, Romania is undoubtedly one of the best places in Bucharest in which to watch live sport. There are five TV’s and a top quality projector. If a game is on and it’s worth showing then it will be shown. The range of viewing options means that show several different sports / matches / events simultaneously. For rugby fans hey have just shown the Autumn Rugby Internationals and also screen matches from the Aviva League Rugby Championship and Heineken Cup. For football supporters they show matches from the a variety of countries with games from FA Premier League Football, Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga, E-on championship, Champions League, FA Cup, Copa Del Ray, Italian Cup and Scottish Premier League to name some. Whispers pub also show important Romanian football matches.
One of the current sporting highlights is the Ashes Cricket Series between Australia and England. The highlights are shown each match day lunchtime and there are special food / drink offers for those who come in to watch. Other sports such as NFL can be shown if there is sufficient demand.
In addition to watching sport, you can also become an active participant (if you believe that darts qualifies a sport – opinions vary). Whispers has the most modern pub darting area in Bucharest in the upstairs balcony area. There are two professional Harrows boards and it even has electronic scoreboards! Whispers has a team in the “Bucharest Thursday Darts League” and is home to two darts championships each year. Everyone is welcome irrespective of standard of play.
Watching sport can be an exhausting pastime so Whispers can offer relief and sustenance for the sports fans, whatever their condition. You can sample from a reasonably priced range of draught, bottled and canned beers and ciders (including some imported from UK). They also serve stronger drinks (such as cocktails) or less alcoholic options if fancy something like a coffee or soft drink.
The kitchen is open daily and offers a selection of English, Romanian and International dishes. The all-day breakfast (with English bacon and black pudding when available) is guaranteed to satisfy, as are the pies (chicken and mushroom is the house speciality) and Club Sandwiches. We now offer curry and naan bread every Saturday / Sunday to eat whilst you watch football or rugby and it will sometimes it will be offered on a weeknight. Visit Whipsers website for details of the full menu as well as weekly special meals and offers.
The sporting programme will naturally change with the seasons – as will the special dishes. The Ashes cricket series will continue to feature across Xmas and into January 2011. Then there is the Indian Premier League in January, keeping cricket alive whilst the snow falls outside. The FA Cup 3rd round also takes place the first weekend in January, including the Man Utd v Liverpool match that you can watch at Whispers. The football coverage continues with Carling Cup, Champions League, FA premiership and European Leagues that run until continue until April / May.
For the rugby supporters the major feature commencing in January will be the Six Nations rugby Championship. As you can imagine, Whispers is likely to be very busy when there are a lot of games on. If you are organised and want to guarantee a good view of your game, you can book your seat / table on-line or by phone.
As spring moves into summer so the motorsport season will be in full swing with Moto GP, World Superbikes, British Superbikes and, of course, F1. There is also cricket played in the northern hemisphere as the sun decides to come a bit closer. During the summer Whispers offer the chance to watch sport on an outside TV screen on their comfortable terrace. Whatever the season, whatever the sport Whispers is the place to be.
Sports aside, the next big event is Whispers New Year’s Eve party. The cost per person is 250 RON and this includes a wide range of drinks included in the price, a buffet meal and a DJ. The atmosphere last year was brilliant. This year it should be even better, especially for the non smokers as Whispers has recently been equipped with a new ventilation system that removes the vast majority of smoke and has hugely improved the air quality inside.
Finally, there is an interesting story behind Bucharest, Romania’s very own Whispers. When the owners of Whispers, Steve and Mandy Hughes, bought the pub five years ago it was for altruistic reasons. They wanted to raise cash to support their charitable work in the Sibiu area as they had no sponsors. Raising money from donations was becoming ever more difficult so they made the decision to re-mortgage their home in UK and buy Whispers. The charitable work has since been scaled down and so Whispers doesn’t donate as much now although a small amount of support is still given to needy people.
In recognition of their services to the people of Romania both Steve and Mandy were awarded MBE’s by the Queen of England. In addition to this, Steve has also been appointed by president Basescu to the rank of Commander within the Romanian National Order of Merit. It’s always good to see people being recognized for their positive contributions to society, and Steve and Mandy have managed to this on multiple levels. And what a great way to raise money for charity!