10 of the Best Pubs in Dublin for a Pint of the Black Stuff
While the world goes greener as St. Patrick’s Day gets closer, the colour of choice for countless pint glasses in the fair city is black. And while we are thankful for the wide array of craft stouts available in today’s diverse and vibrant pub scene, there’s something in a well poured pint of Guinness that just feels right. Before sharing a list with ten of the best pints of Guinness in Dublin, let’s first go through what makes a perfect pint…
According to the Guinness Academy, there are six steps. First, your bartender will get a branded glass, not just for marketing purposes, but because it actually has a mark that will serve as guide. Second, he or she will hold the glass under the tap at an angle of 45 degrees. Third, the glass has to be filled up to about 3/4 of its volume. Here’s where the rushed fail, as filling it to the top in one go is a Dubliner’s equivalent to adding ketchup to pasta in Rome or sticking a knife in your sushi in Tokyo.
The fourth step requires you to let it settle for exactly 199.5 seconds and then the fifth it’s topping up the glass without letting it overflow. Finally, your bartender should hand you the pint without spilling it. An extra bit of advice: never finish a large order with “…and a pint of Guinness.” Instead, mention it first so it has time to settle while the rest is being poured.
Without further ado, here are ten pubs where you’ll fine some of the pints of Guinness in Dublin!
Resting at the top of the Guinness Storehouse, this seriously cool bar offers some of the best views in Dublin as well pint perfection. It couldn’t be any other way, as the place is the icing on the cake at the end of one of the country’s most popular touristic attractions, dedicated to the iconic beer.
Where: Guinness Storehouse, St. James Gate, Dublin 8.
More info: guinness-storehouse.com/en/gravity-bar
Pouring since 1833 and still very much alive, this is one of the most authentic traditional Irish pubs in Dublin. Kudos for staying real and avoiding the temptation of becoming a theme park version of itself! Locals and tourist alike can delight in the art of conversation -not TV or radio to distract you from it- as well as in the taste and texture of a velvety pint of the black stuff.
Where: Prospect Square, Dublin 9.
More info: facebook.com/JohnKavanaghTheGravediggers
Run by the Gibney family since 1937, this is a Malahide institution, just a few steps away from the village’s scenic marina. Cozy, lively and with a distinctive party-friendly atmosphere, it’s a safe bet for a fun night out in the area as well as for a fine pint of Guinness. They’ve a really enjoyable beer garden that truly comes to life in the warmer months!
Where: 6 New Street, Malahide, Co. Dublin
More info: gibneys.com
This award-winning venue has everything to deserve titles such as Best Pub in Ireland and Best Traditional Pub in Ireland, awarded last year by Hospitality Ireland and the Sky Bar Awards respectively. Elegant and comfortable, on an ultra-convenient city centre location and with a history of more than a century of fantastic pint-pouring, it’s not just a tourist magnet, it has earn the respect and love of the locals too.
Where: 1 Dame Court, Dublin
More info: facebook.com/StagsHeadDublin
This friendly neighbourhood pub and restaurant will please drink lovers of all tendencies: craft beer, wine and whiskey enthusiasts are all catered for, but luckily, they didn’t forget those who just want to sip from a flawless pint of Guinness. Laid back and cosy, come for the black stuff and stay for the tasty menu and warm service.
Where: 48 Donnybrook Road, Dublin 4.
More info: facebook.com/arthurmaynesdonnybrook
If a member of the Guinness family says your pub pours the best pint in town, you have to create a sign and place it on your front entrance. But if words by Rory Guinness are not enough to lure you into this historic venue, perhaps knowing that it has one of the best snugs in Ireland and that you can enjoy an amazing Guinness pint surrounded by thoroughly restored antiques will.
Where: 139 Lower Baggot Street Dublin 2.
More info: tonerspub.ie
Self defined as “a drinking pub with a music problem”, this traditional bar and venue showcases some of the country’s finest musicians across different genres, including Na Piobairí Uilleann (Pipers Seisiún) as well as more contemporary tunes. A wonderful place with a Pint of Guinness serve with the same high standards they have for everything else.
Where: 77 King Street North, Simithfield, Dublin 7.
More info: cobblestonepub.ie
The closest pub to the Guinness Storehouse prides itself in offering one of the freshest pints in Dublin. An old-school bar in the heart of The Liberties -Dublin’s brewing and distilling hotspot- it has a mix of nostalgic charm along with a lively mix of locals and visitors. No TV and occasional live music enhance your enjoyment of the pint and allow you to really soak up the experience.
Where: 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.
More info: arthurspub.ie
A proper pint of Guinness in Ranelagh? Yes, there’s still room for tradition in the incentre of Dublin’s hipster triangle. And it’s not just poured the right way and served in a charming and traditional Irish pub, it’s priced under a fiver, another rarity in the area. McSorley’s classic style, with dark wood furnishing and plenty of history hanging on its walls offers a timeless appeal among the trendy.
Where: 48 Donnybrook Road, Dublin 4.
More info: mcsorleys.ie
Also known as “The Capstan Bar”, blink and you’ll miss it. This small pub awaits you in a corner of Dublin 8’s The Coombe, a short stroll away from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and many other tourist attractions. With over a century of history, and a very well preserved interior, it offers one of the closest experiences to time travel for seekers of a fine pint and a vintage experience.
Where: 129 The Coombe, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8.
More info: facebook.com/John-Fallons
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.