The Best 5 Pints of Guinness in Dublin City

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Let me start this post by assuring you that DublinByPub has not decided to pivot toward a clickbait, listicle-heavy style of content. Nor are we looking to join the small country sized amount of Guinness review pages out there. But being a website, Instagram account, twitter account, with something of a following, we’re often queried on where we believe the best pints in Dublin can be found. So hence: this post.  

Before we go any further, please let us say that we believe the finest pint for sale within the known and ever-expanding ninety-three billion lightyear-wide cosmos which we inhabit is that which pours in Kavanagh’s pub in Glasnevin (original post here). Our position on this remains unchanged. 

But for this post, we want to concern ourselves exclusively with pubs in Dublin city centre – i.e. between the canals.

I also want to say that taste is subjective. Some people eat liver with mushrooms and listen to Garth Brooks, and it’s not my or your place to pass judgement on such freaks of nature. If you don’t agree with our list, that’s ok – you can go and make your own list and post it up on the internet yourself, too.  

Anyhow, here we go – in no particular order (after the first one) here are our five best Dublin City Centre Pints.  

J.M Cleary’s: Amiens Street

A favoured haunt of Michael Collins, Cleary’s is said to have had its electricity bill taken care of by Irish Rail to balance the inconvenience of having had a railway bridge pass over its roof. Evidently, the time that would have been spent on the administrative task of paying the electric has been better spent perfecting their pint purveying abilities- they’re unrivalled between the canals, as far as we’re concerned.

(Price: €5.20 as of Summer 2022) 

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The Lord Edward: Christchurch Place

We adore and have always adored The Lord Ed. And while this has been the favourite pub in the world as far as yours truly is concerned, I had always only considered the pint to be adequate – not poor, but not even threatening for the top ten. But then something changed. Upon returning after lockdown, the quality of the pint was found to have improved exponentially. And a year or so later that level of quality remains the same.

(Price: €5.50 as of Summer 2022) 

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Toner’s: Baggot Street

Famed as the only pub that WB Yeats set ever set foot in, Toner’s is sat on the well-trodden drinking trail referred to by some as The Baggot Mile. William Butler was good at the poems, but not great at the pints – so consider the likes of Ronnie Drew, Peter O’Toole and Patrick Kavanagh’s former patronage of the place as a more qualified endorsement of it. That said, it would have to lose a point or two on grounds of price, but it always feels worth the money when you’re sat in that famous snug.

(Price: €6 as of Spring 2022) 

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Fallon’s: The Coombe

Sitting at the very start of the district which houses the Guinness brewery – The Liberties, Fallon’s is as fine an ambassador as you could hope for, for both the area and the brewery. One of the great historic Dublin pubs, it’s always dishing out consistently decent stout.

(Price €5.50 as of Summer 2022)

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The Piper’s Corner: Marlborough Street

We wanted to include something of a wildcard here – a pub you never hear referred to as a great Guinness pub – but anytime any of us darkens the doors of the Piper’s, we’re always served some top-class pints. And the fact that you’ll likely get a decent bit of trad to listen to while you sip only sweetens the deal.

(Price: €5.80 as of Summer 2022) 

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The Best 5 Pints of Guinness in Dublin City

Honourable Mentions

Some other places we’ve enjoyed some very good pints in within the canals over the last few years.

  • The Thomas House 
  • Grogans 
  • The Palace 
  • Kehoes 
  • J McNeills 
  • The King’s Inn 
  • Ryan’s (Parkgate)
  • The Old Royal Oak
  • Mulligan’s (Poolbeg) 
  • Briody’s  
  • Walsh’s (Stoneybatter) 
  • O’Connell’s (Portobello) 

Don’t Agree?

I’m sure some of you out there think we’ve gotten things totally wrong here, given that this is the internet. Do feel free to give out to us in the comments and offer your recommendations for great Guinness in Dublin City Centre.

29 replies
    • Terry Burns
      Terry Burns says:

      I’ve been drinking Guinness for 40 years. I’ve just came across a bar on the crumlin road.its called the gate bar. Guinness is top notch, the best pint ive ever drank in my years.

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  1. Gerard McCourt
    Gerard McCourt says:

    I dint know how Mulligans on poolbeg Street and the mighty Bowes on Fleet Street didn’t make the cut … absolutely insane pints of Guinness

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  2. Fergus Power
    Fergus Power says:

    Couldn’t disagree with your choice of any of those pubs, especially cleary’s, always have a few pint when I go to croke Park.

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  3. Austin Rock
    Austin Rock says:

    As a Dublin Walking I’ve been in most. The pub I love is Chaplins on Hawkins Street, gorgeous pint in a great pub, €5.20

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  4. Eamonn Cox
    Eamonn Cox says:

    Your all forgetting the Beggars Bush
    Haddington Road
    By far the best pint of the black stuff in Dublin
    5 star and €4.75 for OAP all days

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    • Dublin By Pub
      Dublin By Pub says:

      Absolutely love that pub. Used to work close by it and miss not doing so anymore. Great pint too. But just about outside the Canals, relative to this post being about pubs inside them.

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  5. Danny
    Danny says:

    I haven’t been to The Pipers, but when it was Sean O’Caseys, it serves a mighty pint. As did the Sackville Lounge and the Flowing Tide. 3 of my favourite pubs in Dublin. Sadly all gone… they had top Guinness and fair prices. I have sampled Guinness all over Dublin (and am lot of Ireland) and in my opinion Cusacks in North Strand still serves the greatest pints of Guinness Ive ever had anywhere on this Island. Definitely worth a visit.

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  6. Ronan Kavanagh
    Ronan Kavanagh says:

    The Windjammer on Townsend Street has a smashing pint. Kegs are only 10′ below the taps which I believe makes a difference. The same also applies to the Ha’penny Bridge Inn.

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