He’s had management positions at The Pavillion, Browns and TRIO (Frank’s Place) during the past two years and now Gleann Phealan will soon be heading up his own place — the Irish bar Paddy O’Shea’s. Glenn took time out of his busy schedule of personally testing the new beer taps and answered a few questions.
When is the bar opening and what kind of layout can patrons expect?
The new spot is on two floors with each one approximately 190 square meters. Ground level will have the bar, covering two walls, as the main focal point. We are trying to avoid that tacky Irish Pub look that you find in so many cities around the world and to keep with the traditions of back home, to make it homey and warm where the focus is on de-stressing and having a good time. There will be plenty of sports - we’ll have four plasma screens and a digital projector.
Good advice would be to leave the business cards at home since this is a place to go after work and relax, and there is a snug for a quiet chat.
The second floor is more upbeat and has a sixties yet modern feel going on. The rest is a surprise!
The soft opening is targetted for early October.
What’ll you have on tap?
Guinness, Kilkenny, Beamish, Carlsberg, Boddingtons (the supplier tells me all the kinks are fixed, we will see) and Stella Artois . So, six in total.
You’ve worked at Pavillion, Browns and TRIO – what have you learned about Beijing bars?
How to get the best out of the staff. I have to put my hand on heart and say the Chinese crew is the best I have worked with. If you show a little care for them, you get so much in return.
Ex pats! Fickle, impatient and fussy for sure, but looking after the basic needs of good service, value for money and a friendly smile seems to keep the wide range of expats happy. Not too many bars are doing it here!
What’s been the toughest challenge in opening the bar?
Three things – the government, the government, oh, and yeah the government!
You once almost lit me on fire with a flaming Lamborghini – does the guilt still gnaw at you?
Sorry Boycey, I was never guilty to begin with. Remember, it was almost. Next birthday I will get you for sure!