Best Pubs for a Pint of Guinness in Dublin

Jan 4, 2018

Getting the perfect pint of Guinness has become something of an artform across Ireland. 

According to official rules, the glass must be held at a 45-degree angle, poured for 119 seconds and sport a 20mm head. Nowhere is that artform more revered than in the classic pubs of Dublin. Here’s where we think you’ll find the best pint of Guinness in Dublin:

John Kavanagh’s Gravediggers

A little out of the way up in Glasvenin, The Gravediggers is reportedly the oldest family pub in the city, having opened in 1833.

John Kavanagh’s, to give it it’s correct name, has become something of an Irish institution in the few years since then.

The pub’s still in the family, meaning the knowledge here for the perfect pint of black is next to none. 

1 Prospect Square, Glasnevin, Dublin, D09 CF72, Ireland (thegravediggers)

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The Old Storehouse

Another of Dublin’s many timeless Victorian-era pubs. When it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – and these guys have been doing it right for years.

A proper Irish pub, you’ll find local bands and local Guinness inside, and there isn’t much more you’ll need after that.

3 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 CX67, Ireland (theoldstorehouse)

Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse

This will quite possibly be the most expensive pint you’ll ever swig, at an eye-watering €20 a pop.

That said, this is Guinness’ very own factory bar so it doesn’t come much fresher than this pull.

The 20 note fee also includes a guided tour of the brewery, and some time in the 360-degree skybar, so not as bad as you first thought.

Not to be confused with the Old Storehouse either.

Guinness Storehouse, St. James Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8, Ireland (guinness-storehouse)



This pub was around when the first pints of Guinness were being pulled. Established in 1782, Mulligan’s is as traditional as a traditional pub can be.

With centuries of experience to play with, you can expect Mulligan’s to know a thing or two about getting Guinness just right.

8 Poolbeg St, Dublin 2, Ireland (mulligans)


Tucked away on Dublin’s drinking capital, Baggot Street, Toners can boast of an endorsement from the Guinness family themselves as to the quality of their pint.

Having first opened in 1818, classic Toners is one of the city’s oldest and most celebrated watering holes. 

139 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland (tonerspub)

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The Palace Bar

Some say the best pint of black in the city is found at The Palace Bar.

An ancient drinking establishment first opened in 1823, the Victorian pub has a beautiful stained-glass skylight and regular Irish bands.

A favourite with the city’s media industry, with so many reviewers and publicists around, Palace Bar has made sure their Guinness is spot on.

21 Fleet St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland (thepalacebardublin)

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