It’s impossible to visit Dublin without having at least a taste of the country’s national brew – Guinness – but for serious beer lovers, the city has a whole host of places that will broaden your beer-drinking education (and your beer belly).
Top of the to-do list for many visitors is the Guinness Storehouse, where fans are treated to a tour of the Guinness brewery, can learn about the history of Arthur Guinness and his world-famous brewery, and shop for mementos in the Guinness Storehouse Gift shop. Best of all, you’ll get to enjoy a free pint from the rooftop Gravity bar, with some great views over the city.
Don’t miss out on a visit to The Porterhouse too, Dublin’s first brewpub and the best place in town to taste some homemade brews. Pick up a copy of the pub’s ‘Little Black Book of Beer’, which offers a rundown of local beers and brewing terminology that will help clue up even the most hapless beer swiggers. The Porterhouse’s famous Temple Bar also serves up taster trays including an eclectic variety of brews from fruity beers to an Oyster stout, made with fresh oysters. Other places where you can celebrate and taste local craft beers include Messrs Maguire, L Mulligan Grocer and the Black Sheep.
Of course, a journey to discover Dublin’s favorite beverage wouldn’t be complete without taking count of the local haunts on a traditional pub-crawl (a pub to pub excursion that typically involves consuming a wide range of brews). Start out in the late afternoon and drag yourself from pub to pub where you can make your own decision about the best Guinness in town, before stumbling bleary-eyed back to your hotel after last orders. Popular pubs to put on your list include the Davy Byrnes, immortalized in James Joyce’s Ulysses; the Doheny and Nesbitt, famed for its beautiful Victorian interiors; The Brazen Head, the city’s oldest pub, or the Duke Pub, known for its recitals of Irish poetry. Make sure to line your stomach with plenty of pub grub and bar snacks along the way, and remember the old adage – you can never out-drink an Irishman!