Guinness in eateries: 10 remote hostels that prove that the pub is Ireland’s main export

I think I’m in the minority when I say I’m not really a fan of “Irish” bars overseas. After all, it is claimed that there are over 100,000 of them scattered around the world. However, a great many of them are not run or run by the Irish, and often their only hint of Ireland includes walls adorned with assorted art and a Guinness faucet. Maybe I’m missing the point, but if I go to Amsterdam, I want to soak up the atmosphere of a Dutch bar – the same goes for Spain, Australia, Japan, anywhere.

But it’s undeniable that Irish bars are one of the island’s most widespread and successful exports, much like restaurants in China or pizzerias in Italy. Wherever there’s a cluster of bars, no matter what country you’re in, you’ll see “Squinty McGinty’s” or “Top O’ the Mornin” with a sign outside urging customers to “come on.” in’. And despite my personal misgivings, people seem to love them. Hence their appearance in the most unexpected corners of the world.

So here’s a Drinking It In guide to the world’s most remote Irish bars – 10 remote outposts of Irish drinking culture that you’re unlikely to ever visit unless you have a sudden overwhelming urge to drink a pint of stout in Shanghai or a glass of Paddy in Papua. New Guinea. Some of them have a much more authentic “Irish character” than others, but they all prove one thing: it never hurts to put the word “Irish” in the name of your pub if you own it abroad.

Irish pub, Nepal: Claiming to be the highest Irish bar in the world, this hostel in the village of Namche Bazaar sits 3,450 meters above sea level in the Himalayas and has been promising “good food, cheap beer and great music” since it opened in 2011. Until recently, there was not even a road to the village, but this did not stop the owners from bringing a billiard table along the mountain paths.

Irish pub Ulster, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Set in the shadow of a 13th-century fortress in the town of Doboj, this lively nightclub claims, “If you’re Irish, you’re part of the family.” Over a pint of Guinness, you’ll be able to savor some of Ireland’s best-known musical delights such as heavy metal, rap, ska and, uh, reggae.

Dublin Irish Pub, Mongolia: The first Irish bar in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar is better known for its local Chinggis Dark stout than Guinness. 40) bars decorated with shamrocks and whiskey mirrors.

Bubbles O’Leary’s, Uganda: This Irish pub in the capital Kampala claims more authenticity than most of its competitors around the world. Many pieces of furniture, including the bar, seats and even the front door, were salvaged from the pub in Drogheda after it was demolished in 2003 and sent to Africa. The unusual name of the new bar was apparently inspired by the nickname of one of the owner’s school teachers in Ireland.

St. Patrick’s Corner, Siberia: One of a half dozen Irish pubs inexplicably clustered in the city of Novosibirsk in Russia’s frozen north, St Patrick’s Corner offers Guinness and Kilkenny, and like Bubbles O’Leary’s, the dark wood fittings, furniture and floor tiles are said to have been sourced from Ireland.

James Joyce Irish Pub, Taiwan: The James Joyce Pub has been so successful in the Taipei capital that its German owner opened a second one in 2017, and both fill diners with the promise of “real Irish music, beer, whiskey and GAA sports.”

Paddy’s Irish Pub, Peru: Located just 50m below an Irish pub in Nepal, this bar above the clouds in the city of Cusco claims to be the tallest Irish pub in the world. Given the low temperatures at 3,400m above sea level, it’s no surprise that one of their bestsellers is Jameson’s Irish Whiskey Coffee.

McGinley, Alaska: Promising an “Irish touch to Anchorage,” McGinley’s has lived up to its claim since 2006 with Irish dancing, pints of Guinness, Harp and Magner’s, and corned beef and cabbage on the menu.

Dublin Irish Pub, Argentina: The city of Ushuaia proudly proclaims itself the “end of the world” in Tierra del Fuego on the edge of South America, and this Irish-themed corrugated iron shack is the first port of call for scientists and polar explorers returning from Antarctica in search of a pint.

Oliver’s Corner, Lapland: Just four miles south of the Arctic Circle in the Finnish city of Rovaniemi, this Irish pub draws customers in with its slogan: “Great atmosphere!” is a good enough reason to go there in the winter, when the city gets an average of only six minutes of sunshine a day.