Even in the furthest-flung regions of the world, it is not difficult to come across an Irish pub. Some may be more traditional than others, but they are all well worth a visit.

From far-eastern Russia to Mongolia and Peru, we have picked ten of the most obscurely-located and remote Irish pubs in celebration of St Patrick's Day.


Situated in Mongolia's capital Ulan Bator, the Grand Khaan Irish Pub is not the bar you would expect to stumble across amid the city's mix of modern skyscrapers, former-Soviet style buildings and traditional Mongolian yurts. With its brown and green interior and European menu, the pub is relatively traditional for its location and is favoured by travellers and locals alike.


There may be many Irish pubs, but few are as unique as Bubbles O'Leary's in Kampala – a pub painstakingly moved piece by piece from Drogheda in County Louth to Uganda. Bubbles is made up of a number of items from the dismantled pub north of Dublin, which was dismantled in 2003 to make room for a new building development.

Nigel Sutton, the owner of Bubbles, bought the bar, the cold rooms, stools and the front door of the pub and shipped them to Uganda – which was then put back together by the two builders who had dismantled the former pub.

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Healy Mac's in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Flickr/Ronald Tan


Designed with tradition in mind by its Irish owners, Healy Mac's in Kuala Lumpur has been a favourite with tourists and locals since it was established in 2009. The food, beers from around the world and, of course, televised sports, creates the perfect Irish atmosphere in a modern Asian setting.


The Wild Rover Hostel in Cusco, the former capital of the Inka Empire, is just a couple of streets away from the main plaza and was awarded the best hostel in Peru in 2011. Its huge authentic Irish bar opened in December 2010 is a great taste of Ireland on the doorstep of Machu Picchu and its famous Inca trail.

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Finn McCool's, born in Belfast and arrived in New Orleans in 2002, bringing its love of food, music and a family-orientated atmosphere. In 2005, disaster struck when Hurricane Katrina hit, devastating the city. After returning from evacuation and a six month rebuilt of the bar – with the help of customers and friends – Finn McCool's reopened its doors on St Patrick's Day in 2006.

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The Wild Rover Hostel is located in the former capital of the Inka Empire, Cusco Getty


O'Malley's bar and restaurant, the first traditional Irish pub in Asia, is situated on Shanghai's former French Concession's tree-lined streets and sells the most Guinness in China. The gated building, in the style of a colonial villa, dates back to the 1800s where it served as a home for a wealthy family until 1949, when it became a boarding school. Abandoned in the mid-1990s, the owners transformed the stunning building into the popular bar it is today.


Finnegan's is located in Azerbaijan's capital Baku off the coast of the Caspian Sea – not where you would expect to find a traditional Irish pub. With its bar and restaurant, Finnegan's is renowned for its food, drink and live music.


This is likely the highest Irish pub in the world – as well as being the least accessible. With yak on the menu, the Irish Pub in the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar strays away from the traditional. The nearest airport is Lukla, on the way to Everest, and from there it is a two-day walk to the town. The bottles of Guinness and imported spirits are all brought to the pub via yak or mule train, or carried on the backs of Nepalese porters.

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The Irish Pub in the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar in Nepal Flickr


Tucked among a variety of restaurants and bars in Sochi offering a mixture of Caucasus and traditional Russian food sits the Irish pub Harat's – one of a chain of 24 pubs across Russia. It is not the most traditional Irish bar, with loud Russian music and a dancing bartender. But with its casual atmosphere, the pub attracts a diverse crowd of locals and tourists.


The Dublin, in the Patagonian town of Ushuaia in southern Argentina, does not fulfil the expectations of an Irish pub from the outside – with its traditional Argentinian frontage and panelled windows. But inside, there is the usual wooden furniture, barrels and shamrock paraphernalia (as well as a large model of R2D2). Dubbed the "Irish Pub at the End of the World", it is one of a kind.