Despite a claim by Paddy’s pub in Cuzco in Peru,it remains that the world’s highest Irish pub is the Wild Rover in La Paz, Bolivia. I visited there to relax away from the madness of La Paz!
The pub is at 1476 Comercio Street and doubles up as a backpackers but I didnt stay there. I stayed nearby and popped in for a beer. The First floor of the backpackers includes a friendly, vibrant Irish Pub – The Wild Rover and it is here some 3,000 metres above sea level that you can relax knowing you are indeed in the world’s highest Irish Pub. [I:http:http://localhost/fas.com//wp-content/uploads/2015/07/JonnyBlair3.jpg]
You can also book your tours all over Bolivia from the Wild Rover – I sorted some of my buses and Salar tour from there. But I missed a few things out in order to squeeze in my visits to the world’s highest football stadium and the world’s highest Irish Pub! A travelling Northern Irishman has priorities you know!
I glanced at the walls of the pub and was pleased to see a picture of Geordie Best on there. He’s a Northern Irish hero of mine and he made it up on the wall of the world’s highest Irish Pub – I reckon he’d have been proud of that!
Even-ing things up I guess. Most Irish pubs only have the Irish Tricolour, and politics aside, I always carry my Northern Ireland flag! The proudness of being Northern Irish exists on the island as well you know. This was a very happy moment, but not the best moment in the pub… [I:http:http://localhost/fas.com//wp-content/uploads/2015/07/JonnyBlair4.jpg]
Then as I sat down at the bar, I recognised the accent of the guy serving me! It was a strong Northern Irish accent! The first other Northern Irish person I had met in South America. Serving me an ice cold Pacena beer was Grant McParland, all the way from Carryduff in County Down, Norn Iron!!!
Grant gives up working in order to join me for a beer – amazing. Having a chat in the world’s highest irish pub with a guy from just down the road. Grant puts on his County Down Gaelic top and we chat away!
The football was also on, with Liverpool playing live. The match was live as this was mid afternoon when I had popped in, and the UK would have been a few hours ahead. It was a European game against Utrecht, and I met a girl from Dublin also in there who was wearing a Liverpool shirt and supporting the reds.
Against the background of the Irish Tricolour flag, Grant and I got a few photos of my travelling Northern Ireland flag.
The likes of Ash and Van Morrison came on the dukebox as Grant connected up his iPod to the speakers in the pub! I then spoke to the manager Jack about maybe working there on my travels, but alas I was headed to Peru too soon and wasn’t able to add a fourth continent to my “worked in an Irish pub” list.
At night the Wild Rover really does get wild!! It’s a party pub and all sorts of things go on – fancy dress, necking drinks, cocktails and nudity. Forget how high an altitude you are – enjoy the party!
Grant and I said a Slainte and Cheers – it was fabulous to have a beer so high up away from the crazy city of La Paz outside and with a fellow Northern Irishman – they had no Guinness so we had to make do with Pacena!
The pub is on a side street but you will notice it first and foremost as a backpackers hostel, once inside head up the stairs to the world’s highest Irish Pub!
Nestled on a street somewhere in this built up city high into the mountains is the Wild Rover! Incidentally I make a habit of visiting Irish Pubs. I’ve been in at least one Irish Pub per continent by now, worked in an Irish Pub in 3 continents, been to Ireland’s Highest Pub (The Ponderosa) and been the the world’s most southern Irish Pub (in Ushuaia).
A lifestyle of travel indeed and I loved every minute of my trip to The Wild Rover – the highest Irish Pub on the planet. Definitely a great place to relax and thanks to Grant the barman for serving me, chatting away, posing for flag photos and providing such awesome music and a fabulous travel experience!
In Ireland the phrase “Top o the morning to you” is used. Here in La Paz it was more like “top of the world to you!”