Paddy O’Shea’s Irish Pub is one of the most popular Irish hang out spots in the city. You’ll find the Irish owner behind the bar shouting good naturedly at the rowdy drinkers and whenever a sporting event hits the airways you can be sure to find other fans screaming at the dozens of TVs in the room. You can’t find much in the way of Irish cuisine, but with an Indian restaurant upstairs you’ll be able to enjoy the best type of drunk food for midnight snacking. Pints of Guinness and Murphey’s are on tap and you’ll find a lot of other great brews on offer, too.
The Irish Volunteer continues to be one of the more popular Irish pubs in town, but located out in Lido unless your hotel is in the area it’s probably easier to to head to Paddy’s. The Irish Volunteer is a small place, but the beer selection is good.
The James Joyce recently opened near Sanlitun offering Jameson, Bushmills and a lot of other decent Irish imports as well as a decent beer list. The James Joyce is still undergoing a transition phase, but owned by an Irishmen the décor and vibe is exactly what Beijing needed. The music, which is modern pop, is the only drawback.
For St. Patrick’s Day in Beijing, expect fun events, green beer and loads of Guinness at any of these great Irish options in the capital.