One would assume that, as the home of the black stuff, a good pint of Guinness in Dublin was virtually a given. Sadly this is far from the case; thus, given the considerable time, money and effort I’ve invested in researching this subject over the years, I thought I’d share my findings with the readers of Spotted by Locals on where to find the best pint in town.
I have heard various theories over the years as to why some pubs have excellent Guinness and others don’t. As a general rule of thumb, the older and more traditional the pub, the better the pint is likely to be. Of course, I can’t claim to have been to every pub in Dublin – despite my best efforts, so my conclusions can only be based on partial evidence.
There are certain pubs which rarely let you down on the Guinness front – Mulligans of Poolbeg Street, Nearys of Chatham Street and the Sackville Lounge just off O’Connell Street are a few that come immediately to mind. My vote for best pint in Dublin, however, goes to O’Connells of Portobello.
This is an old-school, friendly locals’ pub, well off the tourist trail, although it does attract a few younger types at weekends en route to the trendier joints in nearby Camden Street. Not only are the pints of Guinness consistently good, but at € 4, they are a bargain for this part of town.
J. O’Connell’s | Bars | Guinness (pint) € 4.00
29 South Richmond Street
Mon – Thu 16:00 – 23:30, Fri – Sat 16:00 – 00:30, Sun 13:00 – 23:30