Nothing beats a good pint of Guinness and when it comes to the best places in the world to sample a pint of the black stuff – Dublin is obviously at the top of that list.
We’ve created this list not based on the best pints (too much debate on that one!) but rather the most wonderful settings.
Places you absolutely have to visit at least once and try a pint.
How many have you done?
1. The Palace Bar
Always been just as popular with country folk coming up for the GAA matches as it is with Dubliners and tourists alike.
Old school pub with great pints and no airs or graces.
One of the most iconic bars in Dublin and you get the feeling that very little has changed in the 250 odd years it has been around.
You could just imagine yourself working down in the docks back in the day as you sup that lovely pint.
3. The Stag’s Head
Just off Dame Street this dark pub is the perfect place to get a pint in the heart of winter but it also doubles up with their street ‘terrace’ in the summer as the entire road is filled with people sinking the black stuff.
4. The Long Hall
Located on George’s Street, this pub has hardly changed over the years and it is like stepping back in time when you grab your pint and take the world in.
Especially nice spot given all the trendy spots nearby so a refreshing look at what Ireland used to be like.
This one is well tucked away in the North of the city, away from all the normal tourist attraction which is probably what makes it so special. A huge history and easily the best pint of Guinness in the capital in our humble opinions.
6. Gibneys Of Malahide
A proper pub that is the heart and soul of the village. Loads of nooks and crannies to smuggle that Guinness into and enjoy those first few sups.
If you’ve not had a pint of Guinness on a summer’s day standing outside Kehoes then you just have never experienced the real Dublin.
The fact that the bar is tiny shouldn’t take away too much from this iconic summer landmark.
One of the most iconic pubs in the country with some of the best people-watching to be had. The only thing you’ll need with that pint is one of their lovely toasties. A pub as it should be.
If you happen to be thirsty when doing a little bit of shopping on Grafton Street then this is the spot for you. Very old school and you’d nearly miss it between all the fancy shops and flower stands but has an epic pint that can’t be missed.
10. The Storehouse
You won’t be popping in here too often for a pint if you are a local, but it is a must-see for tourists or to bring anybody who is staying with you/ visiting Dublin.
If they can’t get the Guinness right here – there is no hope.
Pretty special view too.
There are a few decent contenders along Baggot Street to make this list but we went with Toner’s because of the classic feel, high tables and no nonsense approach to getting you a great pint of the black stuff.
12. The Shelbourne Hotel
One for those who are looking for a classy pint and some high-end surroundings.
Great for people watching and a must visit before any Irish rugby game.
13. The Dawson Lounge
The smallest bar in Ireland.
You’d be lucky to fit 20 people in here which means there is nearly always an incredible atmosphere.
Hard to find a pub that is more loved anywhere in Dublin.
Packed most nights of the week and doing what they’ve been doing for decades.
15. Cobblestone, Smithfield
The place you want to go if music is your thing with a pint.
Always a good session on in here and one of the most rustic settings in the city.
16. Confession Box
A proper old Irish pub in every sense of the word.
Character oozing out of every single pore of the place and always a great story being told by somebody.
17. The Swan
Only a stones throw from Stephen’s Green but like stepping back in time.
A lovely spot to meet friends and linger over a few creamy pints having the craic.