The subtle Irish art of winning Chinese hearts and minds: Irish Pub culture takes off in China

The subtle Irish art of winning Chinese hearts and minds: Irish Pub culture takes off in China

China Government officials and businessmen enjoying the craic with pints of Guinness in O’Donoghues Pub Merrion Row Dublin

Hooley’s in Guangzhou; Danger Doyle’s, The Volunteer, Paddy O’Shea’s and PJ O’Reilly’s  (and quite a few more) in Beijing; Delaney’s and Dublin Jack’s in Hong Kong (and quite a few more); Druid’s Irish Pub in Yantai;  O’Reilly’s in Ningbo; The Shamrock Irish Pubs in Ningbo, Hangzhou and Chengdu; Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub, in Nanjing; Mulligans in Shenyang; The Irish Pub in Xiamen; O’ Malley’s Irish pubs in Changsha and Qingdao; The Speakeasy Irish Bar in Taipei (and quite a few more); Irish Bar, Macau; Green Molly in Xian; The Ennafort Irish Pub in Jinan, Back Garden Irish Pub in Guilin; The Dublin Irish Pub in Tianjin, The Toucan Irish Pub in Wuhan; The Harp Irish bar in Chongqing; McCawley’s Irish Pub in Shenzhen….. (have been doing a bit of research on the topic!! Unfortunately, I’ve only visited about half the pubs on the list)

There’s probably double, or even triple the number of Irish Pubs on Mainland China, in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, especially if you include the hotel chains: All spreading the word that Ireland has a friendly, relaxing and fun-loving culture, whether it’s good music, the perfect pint and good food, in a clean atmosphere: All Irish pubs in China are true Ambassadors of Irish culture.

What’s particularly noteworthy is the fact Irish pubs have been opened by pioneering Irish businessmen and women who have lived on Mainland China, in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau for a long while. They know their stuff and all the gossip about what’s going on in their area. Chinese businessmen and women who have lived and studied in Ireland are also opening Irish pubs as well.

What an excellent source of business intelligence for all businessmen and women from Ireland looking to development business in China.

A role for Irish Government agencies / Embassy of Ireland in Beijing?

Sure.

  • Draw up a full list of Irish Pubs in China
  • Promote the creation of an Irish Pub in China association
  • Encourage initiatives supportive of Irish business interests

For example, encourage the Irish Pubs in each city could set aside a Meeting Room for Irish businessmen and women to host business meetings with Chinese clients during office hours, not just to drink, but to savor the atmosphere. The rooms could be sponsored by an Irish business, or Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia, IDA Ireland…

With 50% of China’s population moving into its cities, and 160 cities in China with populations of over one million people, to use the business jargon that Irish Pubs offer “compelling growth” potential for their shareholders, and for the development of Irish business interests in China is an understatement in the extreme.

The “there are no strangers here only friends” mindset associated with Irish Pub culture is clearly becoming a potent weapon in winning Chinese hearts and minds over to genuinely Irish culture, and more.

A seisiún (music making session) at The Blarney Stone Irish Pub, Dongping Road, Shanghai

A seisiún (music making session) at The Blarney Stone Irish Pub, Dongping Road, Shanghai

A seisiún (music making session) at The Blarney Stone Irish Pub, Dongping Road, Shanghai

A seisiún (music making session) at The Blarney Stone Irish Pub, Dongping Road, Shanghai

China Government officials and businessmen enjoying the craic with pints of Guinness in O'Donoghues Pub Merrion Row Dublin

China Government officials and businessmen enjoying the craic with pints of Guinness in O’Donoghues Pub Merrion Row Dublin

Niall O’Reilly

Accurate China Business Services

“Helping Ireland’s Business Do China Business”

http://www.accuratelimited.com

Tel: +353 1271 1830 / +86 152 5719 4468

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5 responses to “The subtle Irish art of winning Chinese hearts and minds: Irish Pub culture takes off in China

  1. Comments from Ireland China Business Network (ICBN)

    Yan Z
    • Promoting Irish food and drink can be done together with promoting Irish pub culture! I believe there is great potential for the GREEN Irish products in the Chinese market. Great idea Niall, I will mention this to my colleges in Bord Bia. I have a college going to Korean to promote Irish whisky later this year. This might be some help for him.

  2. Comments from Ireland China Business Network (ICBN)

    Sean L Z
    • The idea of setting up meeting room within Irish pubs in China would be beneficial for both Chinese business who is willing to invest in Ireland and Irish Business who are interested in promoting their business and products in China. I suggest that Irish pubs in China would also set up a union or an association, e.g. Irish Pubs in China Association (IPCA), to represent their business and interest. This formation can be done with the assistance from the Irish Embassy in China.

    Once such association formed, the Embassy can organise the business and cultural events through the network, As result, the influence will be stretched into the major cities in China where the Irish pub present, so that the better results can be delivered. At the same time, Pub’s business can also be improved by hosting these kinds of promotional activities organised by the Irish Embassy in China. It is truly win-win situation.

  3. Comments from Irish Executives Group (Linkedin.com)

    John G. K
    • Interesting, I went to one in Beijing (close to Sheraton great wall and the embassies) and the ownership/staff were all local did not have a great command of English. As it turned out I ended up in a very bizarre situation speaking fluent dutch in the pub with one of the wait staff. My current experience with Irish pubs in both Hong Kong (Murphys on Nathan road) and China is a watering down of the Irish culture with 100% local ownership and staff – in HK, staff are primarily Philippino.

  4. Comments from China Networking Group (Linkedin.com)

    Helen Y
    • It really arise my good memory in Dublin, where I was living for almost one year.

  5. Comments from China Business Network (Linkedin.com)

    Prof. Andrew M. W
    • Only 100? It seemed like there were at least that number when I lived and worked in China over 10 years ago!

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