Best Guinness in Galway: Top 5 spots according to the Guinness Guru

Galway is the place to go for bargain quality pints, and here is where to find the best Guinness in Galway.

Best Guinness in Galway: Top 5 spots according to the Guinness Guru.

Galway City is a top destination for locals and visitors alike due to its history, top-class restaurants and some excellent pubs. Of course, with these pubs come top-notch pints of the black stuff, something everyone looks forward to.

If you thought every Galway pub pulled a world-class creamy pint of Guinness, you’d be wrong. However, there are quite a few that do.

No one is more qualified to uncover the best spots for an authentic pint of Guinness than Daragh Curran. Under the moniker of the Guinness Guru, Curran has made a name for himself as the god of Guinness, the one who can find the best of the best.

So, if you are on the hunt for the best Guinness in Galway, look no further than these top five spots, according to the expert.

5. The Crane, rated 8.2/10 – one of the best-priced pints

The Crane is one of the best-priced pints in Galway.
Credit: Facebook/ The Crane Bar

A steal at €4.60, this could be one of Galway’s best-priced pints. But there’s another reason you should go to The Crane: it is home to one of the best pints of Guinness in Galway. The Guru sipped his way around Galway and regarded this as a great pint.

It might not be up to the standard of the rest, but that is not to say the pint is not worth trying. Coming in at number five, The Crane is home to a proper decent pint of Guinness, which is not to be overlooked.

Address: 2 Sea Rd, Galway, H91 YP97, Ireland

4. Tigh Choili, rated 8.3/10 – for an ultra-creamy pint

Tigh Choili serves an ultra-creamy pint.
Credit: Instagram/ @tigchoili

Tigh Choili is one of the best-known pubs in Galway, so there is little surprise that it is placed among the top five spots for the best Guinness in Galway.

Not only can you enjoy authentic live music sessions right in the heart of the Latin Quarter, but we’ve heard from the Guinness Guru a pint of Guinness there is also unmissable.

Having passed the creaminess test, the Guru has deemed this pint one of the best in the city, albeit not quite as good as the ones about to come, but why not see for yourself?

Address: The Latin Quarter, Mainguard St, Galway, Ireland

3. Skeffington Arms 8.7/10 – for a serious pint

Skeffington Arms serves some of the best Guinness in Galway.
Credit: Facebook/ Galway City Photographs

Up there with the best of the best is the Skeffington Arms, which serves up a serious pint of the black stuff, according to the Guinness Guru.

‘The Skeff’ is a place that plays old-school tunes, has a warm and welcoming vibe, and offers excellent service at any time of the day.

Grabbing a pint of Guinness at ‘The Skeff’ means you will come face to face with one of the best pints in Galway, and even the Guru himself has been there again and again without disappointment, so do yourself a favour and get yourself down there.

Address: Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland

2. Tigh Neachtain, rated 8.8/10 – for a smooth and rich pint

Tigh Neachtain serves some of the best Guinness in Galway.
Credit: Instagram/ @tighneachtain

This traditional Galway pub, famed for its live music sessions, cosy vibes and social atmosphere, has made a name for itself over the years. Another reason for this reputation is that it serves up a fantastic pint of Guinness.

According to the Guinness Guru, a pint from Tigh Neachtain is rich and smooth and features zero bitter aftertaste. What more can you ask for?

This popular pub should be on your list, if not for its warm welcome, then for its highly-rated Guinness. Plus, it’s a great place to visit when it’s raining in Galway.

Address: 17 Cross Street Upper, Galway, H91 F9F7, Ireland

1. Taaffes, rated 9.1/10 – the best Guinness in Galway

Taaffes serves some of the best Guinness in Galway.
Credit: Instagram/ @taaffesbar

Not only is Taaffes one of the best pubs in the city, but according to the Guinness Guru himself, this is the spot to drop by for the best Guinness in Galway.

Taaffes took the top place due to its ultra-creamy pour, bubble-less head and the fact that it actually had the Guru himself lost for words. When he finally regained his power of speech, the Guru labelled this pint “sensational”.

The pint was a sure-fire winner as it captivated the attention of the Guinness Guru before he even tasted it; plus, we love that the barman was more than confident that his pint should earn the top spot. So, head to Taaffes for the best pint in Galway, lads!

Address: 19 Shop St, Galway, Ireland

You can watch the Guinness Guru’s full review of the best Guinness in Galway below.

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