Paddy’s Irish Bar opened last night in Tongli Studio in the space formerly known as China Doll, Club China Doll, White Rabbit and Hercules, among other names. Work finished on the venue mere minutes before the doors opened, said co-owner Karl Long, who later spilled half a beef pie on my freshly laundered sweater due to a combination of opening night jitters, near exhaustion and unadulterated polyester envy. In any case, the place gradually filled to capacity as people checked out the new digs, listened to two bands, sipped beers — bottled Tsingtao at rmb20, draft Guinness at rmb55, etc. — and ate pies from Two Guys.
Paddy’s has a stage at one end and a long bar at the other. A long communal table between the two is flanked by six smaller seating areas — each can hold a half-dozen customers — and three big screen TVs. Paddy O’Shea’s remains business as usual.