Where to get your Guinness fix in Ireland: 5 amazing spots

Is there anything tastier than a perfectly pulled and poured pint of the black stuff in Ireland? Many great pubs throughout the Emerald Isle guarantee the best Guinness fixes in Ireland.

Guinness is an Irish symbol and is so synonymous with Ireland that a simple picture of a perfect pint of Guinness has a feeling of tangible Irishness to it. Guinness is, of course, served in every pub throughout Ireland, but there are some places in particular which are the best when it comes to being the perfect setting for those who wish to enjoy a delicious pint of Guinness.

In this article, we will list what we believe to be five amazing spots to get your Guinness fix in Ireland.

5. O’Connell’s – the creamiest pints of Guinness in Ireland

Looking for your Guinness fix in Ireland then check out O'Connell's for the creamiest pints possible.

O’Connell’s in Eyre Square is ideally located in the heart of the Galway nightlife scene, and, as such, it is a must-visit for any night out in the European Capital of Culture 2020. O’Connell’s is also a very popular sporting bar and is the place to be on match day.

It’s said that the creamiest pints of Guinness in all of Ireland can be found in O’Connell’s so it’s the perfect place to catch a game and sample a creamy pint of the black stuff.

4. Sean’s Bar – Ireland’s oldest bar

Another top place to get your Guinness fix in Ireland is Sean's Bar, the oldest in Ireland.

Sean’s Bar is located in the heart of Athlone Town in Westmeath and has the honour of being, not only the oldest pub in Ireland, but the oldest pub in Europe too, having been in operation since 900 AD. 

Thanks to the pubs décor, which has remained unchanged for centuries, visiting it is like taking a trip through time. It has become an excellent place for those who wish to enjoy a pint in historic surroundings.

It seems only fitting that Sean’s Bar is the perfect place for those looking for their Guinness fix in Ireland as they have been pulling pints of the black stuff for longer than anyone else in the country.

3. Matt Molloy’s – great music and even greater pints

Matt Molloy's is a great pubs for music as well as one of the best places for a Guinness fix in Ireland.
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As it is owned by one of The Chieftains, a famous Irish folk band, it should perhaps come as no surprise that this pub in Westport, County Mayo, offers the very best when it comes to traditional Irish music. It may, however, come as a surprise that Matt Molloy’s also happens to provide some of the very best pints of Guinness in Ireland.

Great Irish trad music in the background as you sample a delicious pint of Guinness, does it get any better than that?

2. Toners – the best pint of Guinness in Dublin

Toners in Dublin is the best places to grab your Guinness fix in Ireland and in Dublin in particular.

Toners bar on Baggot Street in County Dublin was once praised by Rory Guinness, a member of the Guinness family, who hailed it as being a pub which served the best pints of Guinness in Dublin. 

There was also high praise for Toners from the famous Irish poet W. B. Yeats as it was said that Toners was the only establishment that he would ever drink in. Patrick Kavanagh, who was another renowned poet, was also a regular here and on Arthur’s Day, a day honouring Guinness, the famous band, Mumford and Sons, played in its beer garden.

1. Guinness Storehouse – home of the black stuff

Of course this is the top place to grab a pint of the black stuff. There's no fresher place.

We can’t think of any place better to enjoy a pint of the black stuff than at the home of Guinness itself, at St. James’s Gate in County Dublin. It was here, of course, where Arthur Guinness himself founded Ireland’s favourite drink.

Besides being one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, where you can learn everything there is to know about Guinness from its history to how it is made, you can also pull your very own pint of Guinness in its famous sky bar, which you can enjoy while taking in everything that the Dublin skyline has to offer!

So, there you have our definitive list of five amazing spots to get your Guinness fix in Ireland. How many of them have you been too?

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Conor Wickham is a writer from County Wexford with a keen interest in discovering everything Ireland has to offer. From sleeping in tree houses in the Ox Mountains to staying in shepherd huts in Donegal, Conor has experienced it. With a degree in Marketing & Advertising with Online Media, Conor has used his love of writing to guide his career path and has worked as a Website Content Writer/SEO Specialist in the past. When not exploring Ireland and finding out its secrets, Conor can usually be found hiking or working on his long awaited (long awaited by him at least!) supernatural thriller novel series.