A Drink With: Ian Syer, President, Beijing Cricket Club
Beijing Cricket Club president Ian Syer shares some memorable nights of drinking in Beijing, including the time he needed to be rescued in Baiziwan Lu.
Who would you most like to go out drinking with?
[Cricketer] Chris Gayle. The less he sleeps, the better he plays.
If you could only imbibe one drink for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jack and his mate Daniel. We’ve been partners for a long while. Traveled the world together, had lengthy late-night
discussions on life, and the bar staff know we’re mates. Never change a good thing.
How old were you when you started drinking?
I paid for my first pint around the age of 15. We had a leave pass from school so a group of us decided to venture out and experience the pub scene on our own in another town. We ended up down at the docks thinking we wouldn’t get busted. So there we were in a pub frequented by burly fisherman – much bigger, hairier and uglier than those on Deadliest Catch! Scary.
Tell us about the first time you were drunk.
I broke my jaw playing rugby and the lads came to see how I was. They brought some grog so I joined in. My jaw
was wired top to bottom – I was petrified that I was going to vomit and drown on Theakston’s Old Peculier!
Tell us about the last time you were drunk.
I was not drunk, I was tired. And I was mugged by one of those metal roadside guardrails on Baiziwan Lu. I got my
ankle wedged in between them, collapsed to the ground unable to free myself, and had to be rescued.
What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done while drunk?
I climbed out of a lift lobby window into my flat via my bathroom window after locking myself out. I was 17 floors up.
We’re at the bar – what are you having?
Kick off with a beer, then slide into JD cokes.
Could you organize a piss-up in a brewery?
I have – in the Guinness Brewery. They are kind enough to host thirsty groups for private events. No cleaning up, plenty of staff and big enough for all your mates and more.
What’s your idea of a good night out?
After a thumping cricket victory, going out to celebrate with the lads. But darts now seems to be taking over.
Where’s your favorite place to go drinking?
Somewhere beachside. Sunshine, warm waters, music, coconut oil – what else could you wish for?
What’s your golden rule of drinking?
Always have your dog tags on with your home address.
See Ian pushing boundaries at the Beijing International Cricket Sixes 2013 at Dulwich from Jun 28-30.
Click here to see the June issue of the Beijinger in full.