Say “Szia!” to our Party Staff!

March 14, 2017 | Sami Lambert

Meet our wild and wonderful boat party staff!

Say “Szia!” to our Party Staff!

Not everyone’s job entails playing drinking games on a boat or leading drunk people from bar to bar, but someone has to do it! We are carefully selected and trained in flipping cups, taking shots and making sure people are having the best night of their lives. We are pros at convincing travelers to do shoeys, human pyramids and forming dance circles no matter when or where. But how did we get to Budapest? And why are we still here? And how do we deal with all of your drunken shenanigans? Meet our weird and wonderful party staff!

Sami Lambert


Brooklyn, NY

Age: 23

Moved to Budapest: March 2016

Why Budapest?

The city has an interesting mix of old architecture with new culture. There are ruin bars, historic buildings, cute cafe’s, crazy hostels, amazing restaurants and insane parties and festivals all year. No matter what day it is there are always people who are down to have a good time. There is no place I would rather be!

Favourite Boat Party Memory?

There was a special 4 hour boat party at the end of August for St Stephen’s Day. It marked the end of a very fun summer and was super sentimental for everyone. From the boat, we were able to see fireworks go off up and down the was magical. We were all decked out in Hungarian facepaint and everyone was drinking champagne. There were also free hotdogs on board… I may or may not have cried multiple times from saying bye to people.

What’s your most embarrassing memory on a boat?

Once I tripped and fell on my face (completely sober which makes this worse) as soon as I got off the boat. Everyone saw and laughed at me. To make it worse, I was leading a crawl from the boat to an awesome club and it took while for people to get over the fall and follow me to the party - or trust that such a clumsy girl was even capable of going clubbing.

Simon Garlinge


Kent, UK
Age: 27
Moved to Budapest: May 2016

Jobs before Budapest?

So I used to be a backing dancer for Vengaboys, Scooter, Italobrothers and Cascada (who I nearly danced on the Eurovision Song Contest with). I have done two international tours with a theatre company who helped with English language studies for children around the world. With them I was dance Captain and the character of Doc in West Side Story and then understudy to the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. I then had a brief stint on London's West End, appearing in musicals Rent: Remixed and Carousel as well as plays including 'Bent' by Martin Sherman

Favourite thing to do?

Drinking in the awesome bars - and pub crawls! But other than that I love to eat cake and find the best places to eat it!

Places you’ve lived before?

London (UK), Manchester (UK), Split (Croatia), Zheleznogorsk (Russia), Virginia (US)

Anna Coulthard


Kiskunhalas, Hungary
Age: Nearly 25, and not exactly happy about it (scary age, quarter of a century).
Moved to Budapest: I grew up here!

Where else have you lived?
Technically I just moved away from Budapest. I live in a tiny village about 30 km away called Pilisszentlászló.

If you weren’t working for Budapest Boat Party, what would you be doing?
If I wasn't working with PB I would probably be working for an architecture company. Not as much fun, I have the rest of my life to be boring.

What’s your favorite part of the job?
My favourite part about working for PB is that I'm surrounded by people who are open minded and free. And the meetings. I really like the meetings.

What’s the best thing to do in the city?
My favourite thing to do in the city is probably going to a park in the summer with a group of friends, drink cheap alcohol and talk. In the winter it's all the christmas lights and markets.

Chris Rudman


Manchester, England
Age: 26
Moved to Budapest: On and off since December 2014

Why Budapest?

Budapest is an incredible city which offers beautiful architecture, breathtaking views and such deep culture whilst at the same time providing one of the best nightlife scenes in Europe!

Favorite drinking game?

Ride the bus!

Best Boat Party memory?

The time when the entire boat sat on the ground and did a giant sat down and pretended to row the boat/conga line!

Adam Francis


Basildon, UK/ Auckland, New Zealand
Age: 21
Moved to Budapest: August 2015

What’s your favourite part of working for Budapest Boat Party?

The amazing people I get to work and live with, and also getting to meet so many different people from all over the world.

Where else have you lived?

Essex (UK), Auckland (New Zealand), London (UK), Kuşadasi (Turkey), Poitiers (France)

What’s your favorite drinking game?

Jurassic Park drinking game (Peril!)

Jake Couvret


Sydney, Australia.

Age: 22

Moved to Budapest. On and off since Summer 2014 but officially February 2016.

Where else have you lived?

Lived in Sydney and Edinburgh prior to Budapest working in bars.

Why Budapest?

I had no intention on living here back in 2014. I stayed in a hostel and got offered a job to work in it. The friends I made doing that continued to draw me back here time and time again.

What’s your favorite thing about working here?

All the staff are the best of friends and we all live together, work together and party together like a family child services would be breaking apart if children were involved.

Jane Danilson


Tallinn, Estonia

Age: 29

Moved to Budapest: September 2016

What did you do before working for the Boat Party?

Back in Estonia I helped open and manage 2 bars. My job was also to get people drunk! It’s the best job ever. The more they drink, the more they like you!

If you weren’t working for Budapest Boat Party, what would you be doing?

If I wasn’t working here I would probably be a crazy cat lady and lead a boring life at home.

What’s your favorite drinking game?

Flip cup! I love games that gets your adrenaline up and that get you drunk fast.


So if you see any of these wonderful humans during your stay in Budapest, don’t be afraid to come up to us and say hello! We absolutely love meeting new people and giving suggestions on what to do in this crazy city (day or night). Can’t wait to meet you at one of our events soon!

Want to join us as staff? E-mail your CV, cover letter and 3 photos of yourself to You must be an EU citizen or have a valid VISA to apply.


Related posts
Articles2019-02-01 00:00:00 | Budapest Boat party

Avoid the crowds and party with your crew in style!

Read more
Articles2017-03-02 00:00:00 | Christopher Rudman

The best, and tastiest places to grab a quick bite on the move in Budapest.

Read more
Articles2017-03-02 00:00:00 | Jane Danilson

Here are our top picks for the cutest and sweetest places to treat yo’ self.

Read more
Articles2017-03-14 00:00:00 |

Here's a short history of some of the most important buildings you'll see during your party cruise!

Read more
Articles2017-04-20 00:00:00 | Andrew Davison

The best activities to lead up to your Budapest Boat Party!

Read more
Articles2017-04-26 00:00:00 | Sami Lambert

Catch the first cheap flight you find to Munich and get ready for a wild ride.

Read more
Articles2017-06-05 00:00:00 | Sami Lambert

Now this might not be a hidden gem or a secret little alleyway in Budapest, but it is by far my favorite street in the city.

Read more
Articles2017-06-15 00:00:00 | Jake Couvret

Bars for the brave and artistic can be found where you can get yourself some new ink, listen to hardcore music and have a drink after. Or for the lighter hearted; order yourself a cafe latte with a Hedgehog on the side to play with. (Yep, we have that too).

Read more
Articles2017-07-10 00:00:00 | Andrew

You know who you are!

Read more
Articles2017-09-04 00:00:00 |

Here are our super official reasons why Budapest is absolute heaven for study abroad students.

Read more
Articles2017-09-19 00:00:00 | Andrew

Read more
Articles2017-09-29 00:00:00 |

So, you picked Budapest for your Erasmus semester? Well, buckle up, because you’re in for a wild ride. This city has everything you need to make your friends - no doubt languishing in far more boring European cities - jealous. Good food, cheap booze, fun people and an overarching atmosphere of sheer cool.

Read more
Articles2017-10-09 00:00:00 |

We’re still going through post-festival withdrawal...but it’s never too early to start planning next summer’s season, so here’s our ultimate roundup of festivals in Hungary.

Read more
Articles2017-10-19 00:00:00 | Andrew

When articles about Budapest pop up in the press, or photos of the city appear on Instagram, it’s usually to document the relaxed lifestyle of young locals and the debauched antics of its stag-happy tourists. For sure the city is great for those in their 20s, but it also has a lot to offer older travelers, loved-up couples, and history and culture mavens. We’re proud to say that Budapest truly is a city for anyone and everyone, so come see it for yourself.

Read more
Articles2017-11-06 00:00:00 | Chenee

Are you a brunch lover? If yes then you've arrived in the city for you! Budapest serves up a variety of brunch restaurants all over the city. Whether your hunting down the best eggs benedict or a brunch that comes with a mimosa, you're sure to find something here. Brunch is a fun activity that can cure a hangover caused by last night's Bar Crawl or Booze Cruise.

Read more
Articles2017-11-11 00:00:00 | Andrew

Everyone raves about Budapest in the summer, but if you couldn’t quite fit it into your summer plans, there’s no reason to avoid an autumn visit - in fact, you might even wind up having an even better time than you expected.

Read more
Articles2017-11-13 00:00:00 | Andrew

One of the best things for us foreign guides working here in Budapest is sharing in the giddy excitement of new arrivals, whether they’re here for a week, a semester, or for however long their livers will support them.

Read more
Articles2017-11-21 00:00:00 | Andrew

It gets a bit nippy in Budapest in the autumn and winter months, that’s for sure. Though that doesn’t make it any less of a fun place to come visit, thanks in part to the abundance of cool and cozy basement bars to drink in.

Read more
Articles2017-11-27 00:00:00 | Andrew

Whether you’re on the road for just a few short weeks, or perhaps on a longer world jaunt, and looking for a little purpose in life - or just a reason to get out of bed before 2 pm each day - you might find yourself falling for the allure of a travel job.

Read more
Articles2017-12-06 00:00:00 | Lana

Traveling in cloudy or rainy weather can put a downer on your holiday. Luckily Budapest has plenty of fun things to do to keep you busy and entertained even when it’s looking gloomy outside.

Read more
Articles2018-01-12 00:00:00 | Andrew

Hungarians love to fill their stomach with delicious things - and luckily the country has plenty to offer, from great beers and wines, to rich, tasty food dishes made from local meats, produce and spices for which Hungary is famous

Read more
Articles2018-02-01 00:00:00 | Olivia

Meet Király Utca, the street with it all.

Read more
Articles2018-02-15 00:00:00 | Andrew

So, you’ve heard that Budapest is the center of the romantic universe and you’ve decided to pop the ultimate question to your loved one here. Good idea! We support it. Especially now that Valentine’s Day just passed, there won’t be a more romantic time than now to get down on one knee.

Read more
Articles2018-02-22 00:00:00 | Andrew

Fellow Europeans! Did you hear? That bureaucratic overlord that is the EU finally came through and did something useful for us (other than that whole Schengen Zone thing) - you can now use data roaming abroad without needing to sell both your kidneys and part of your booze soaked liver once you return.

Read more
Articles2018-04-04 00:00:00 | Andrew

Budapest - it’s a hell of a city! Days blur into nights, nights blur into hangovers and said hangovers start to become the only truth you know.

Read more
Articles2018-04-19 00:00:00 | Andrew

The pre-game. An integral part of any proper night out, the mood and pace of which can determine the level of debauchery for the night to come. Getting it right is as much about what you drink, as it is where you drink it - and in Budapest, you’re spoiled for choice. Let us take a look at some of our favorite places.

Read more
Articles2018-05-03 00:00:00 | Andrew

Craft beer is big in Budapest right now, with an explosion of bars serving local creations and imported tipples. Had you come only a few years ago, though, you’d have been pressed to find it served anywhere but a few dingy basement bars in the fringes of the city. Now, however, you’ll wander the downtown and be spoilt for choice on every street. Charming cellar bars, chic warehouse-style places and hopping beer gardens, Budapest has it all, and in this guide we’re going to introduce you to some of the chillest.

Read more
Articles2018-06-25 00:00:00 | Andrew

The sun is out and bars cost money - so with that in mind, why not take your boozing outdoors and ensure you get that essential boost of vitamin D while you get your day drunk on.

Read more
Articles2018-08-22 00:00:00 | Olivia

When you first visit Budapest, it can be hard to tear yourself away from the party scene in order to see the sights. When you have events like all-you-can-drink boat parties or the oh-so-famous sparty, or clubs that are open till the sun rises, it’s a wonder you can drag yourself out of bed the next day to continue drinking.

Read more
Articles2018-10-11 00:00:00 | Lauren

Hungary is not well known for being super liberal, but LGBTQ+ travelers will be pleased to hear that Budapest is a lot more liberal than the rest of the country, and has increasingly more queer-friendly bars popping up across the city.

Read more
Articles2018-11-12 00:00:00 | Adam

The big question: what do you pack for a holiday based entirely on drinking excessively?

Read more
Articles2019-01-25 00:00:00 | Lezlo

We all know how it is when you travel for a while and money starts to become a bit more of an issue. Thankfully, Budapest is much cheaper than a lot of other destinations in Europe!

Read more
Articles2019-02-08 00:00:00 | Adam

We all know that after a long night out at the club, there’s nothing quite like a big slice of pizza.

Read more