Feeling green: St. Patrick’s Day parties in Beijing

Chopsticks' Richard Robinson loves Lucky Charms
Chopsticks' Richard Robinson loves Lucky Charms

Tuesday is Saint Patrick’s Day and that means wearing green clothes, drinking green beer, and feeling green the next day.

The obvious spots to soak up the Irish spirit(s) are Paddy O’Shea’s (with homeland band Quintet Tarantino – if the bar is covering the food for these guys, they best take out a loan, because I ran into them at The Den mid-week and they pretty much cleaned out the kitchen), The Stumble Inn (Irish cocktails, free green shots, and a Guinness deal – buy six pints and get a free T-shirt or hat), and Durty Nellie’s (not sure what is up here as the Web site address forwards to another company).

The Pavillion also has the Guinness special, while Gingko will have fiddle, guitar and squeeze box outfit “The Dublingers” playing Irish folk music – and Guinness at RMB40 per pint.

Those seeking something more subtle can soak up some Irish whiskey at Ichikura, Er, or Glen.

For the Canadian readers, a little trivia: According to Wikipedia, the longest continually running St. Patrick’s Day parade in North America is in Montreal. (More Canadian trivia: hockey team the Toronto Maple Leafs were once known as the Toronto St. Patricks and wore, no surprise, green jerseys.)

3 thoughts on “Feeling green: St. Patrick’s Day parties in Beijing”

  1. Not St. P related, but I have a question that you might be able to answer.

    I tried Er and really like the place. We only had one round. The server told us that since it was our first time there, they waived the service charge. I believe she said that the service charge was 45 per person. Do you know if that is correct?

    I’m curious because I would definitely go back, but the extra 45 would determine how often.

  2. Hi Sam,

    I thought the service charge was RMB30? Since I often like to pop into a few places per night, it is a deterrent to me, cranking up the drink prices from 50 percent or more.

    Cheers, Jim

  3. Thanks for the response! That was my thought exactly. I like to go out for a meal and a drink at a restaurant and then check out a bar and have a drink. If I move on after one drink, with the service charge, that one drink is 90 instead of 45 (assuming 45 for the service is right, which is might not be). I’d have to pound back 5 drinks to get the cost per drink down to where I can write it off as a tip. I still will go back to Er, but only for a special occasion.

    Like the new map feature as well.

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