Long’s time is now short:
Sombre air, a steely stare,
one last Guinness pour.
Karl Long is leaving Beijing after an impressive stint with establishments such as Paddy O’Shea’s, Paddy’s Irish Bar, Paddy’s Pit Stop,
Paddy’s Palace of Pupu Platters, The Pomegranate and Black Sun Bar. Bearing a slight resemblance to Wayne Rooney, and apparently nearly as skilled as him in football, Long has been a fixture on the scene for ages. Some notes, including a few in the form of Japanese haikus since Irish limericks would have been too obvious.
This, by Long, I saw:
He touched a balloon aloft,
So pink, and so soft.
We once teamed up to give away 15 pints of Guinness, and during the World Cup, he even agreed to my idea for an Anyone But France special. We were never close after that.
Oh, from Glen to glen
The taps, the taps, were calling ye
So long, Longer Boy
He kindly included a “Q and Eh” in his weekly quiz as part of my Canada Restaurant Week event. Who did Jim Carrey play in Dumb and Dumber? What year was Justin Bieber born? And what is a T4? Some of the questions posed by Long. See the rest, and the answers, here.
He spilled half of a Two Guys and a Pie pie on my sweater out of sheer nervousness / exhaustion / spite at the opening of Paddy’s Irish Bar. Actually, looking at what remains on his plate, I’m upgrading that to two-thirds of a pie.
This beer tastes like piss!
Says a piqued patron. Karl’s quip:
That’s (ahem) not beer.
During the World Cup, Paddy O’Shea’s, IMHO, emerged as the bar that best captured the spirit of the event. A bagpiper playing “Cup of Life”, the use of vuvuzelas for chugging beers, a surplus of rowdy fans, and more. I later interviewed Long about which country’s supporters were best, the evils of vuvuzelas, and the best-selling beers (more here). The photo above shows him a few hours after the World Cup ended, getting his first real sleep in a month.
He enjoys White Nights, Spice Spirit and Green Cap.
One of the biggest “WTF?” moments in Beijing drinking history occurred when Long won an award as the city’s “best bartender“. I know. Even now, the instant response is, “He can *make* drinks!?” Long took it in stride. The morning after winning, he sent an SMS: “I’ll make you a Bloody Mary [for your hangover]. As soon as I learn how.” (Photo: The Beijinger)
He took Paddy O’Shea’s beyond drink and into fashion as the unofficial HQ for GongTees.
Just add ‘b’ and ‘e’.
As host, that’s his policy:
You always beLong
He screened everything from football and hurling to hockey and curling [checking on that last one], managed to find obscure sports feeds for delighted fans, did over 200 weekly quizzes, hosted bands and held open mic nights, once bought a trillion dollars worth of fireworks for the bar for Chinese New Year, and showed an incredible amount of tolerance with annoying customers and a willingness to make Paddy’s patrons as a whole happy. Goodbye and good luck, Karl Long.
Time is Short
A last pint he pours
Then, with a grin, out the doors
Longer’s no Longer