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Steve Conlon writes:

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  1. Birneybau2

    Against The Grain, Alfie Byrne’s, The Beer Market.

    I jest.

    Any of them. That whole good pint of Guinness in ______ is a myth.

  2. Starina

    the Barge does decent Guinness. the Capstan Bar near St Patrick’s Cathedral. whatever you do, do NOT get a Guinness in Temple Bar area or at The Church – their cellar is down the road so the Guinness sits in the lines for hours. yichh.

    1. Sheikh Yabooti

      DO NOT go to the Hairy Lemon. Has always been consistently the foulest Guinness in Dublin.

    2. The Old Boy

      The Capstan is a great spot and does a fine pint, but be prepared to be told to sling your hook if you’re drinking too slowly.

  3. Cata

    Ok, this whole rubbish about which place serves the best Guinness. Guinness is mass-produced, it doesn’t vary much at all according to pub. The Guinness served prior to the 80s did have some variation, but Diageo have seriously changed the recipe (as part of cost cutting), and now it’s like arguing which shop it’s best to buy a can of Coke in.

    1. Donger

      It’s not really. I find its best in pubs where it flows freely. In my local GAA club you’d think its the only drink they served and it does taste noticeably better. I was in Druids glen recently-not a Guinness drinker in sight. Their Guinness wasn’t as creamy, the head was more of a yellowy colour and it didn’t leave those rings on the glass as it went down. Needless to say it also tasted muck

      1. Cata

        I’d say that your taste sensations have more to do with expectations than reality. Or wanting to be a discerning hipster. The Guinness produced nowadays is beyond standardized.

          1. rotide

            You’re either lying about being ex-barstaff or you were one of those bearded idiots in some pubs that know nothing about bartending.

            The length of draw, amount of use, frequency and materials of cleaning all have an impact on the taste. If you don’t know that, there’s no hope for you

    2. Sheila

      Yes and no, see Starina’s point about how far away the barrels are… i.e. drink your coke with a 10 metre straw and see how it tastes!

    3. Clampers Outside!

      Bullpoo mate…. Guinness quality can vary considerably.

      Length of the line, distance from cooler, amount of trade done (in the morning/ early part of the day), etc. all effect the quality of the pint when you go in.
      If the place is empty, and it’s mid afternoon, it’s possible your pint could have been sitting in a keg line overnight….. euuuuuuuuuwww!

      What do I care though, I donny drink no more ! :)

  4. Bertie Blenkinsop

    Can nobody do anything anymore without asking the world’s opinion first?

    * YES?

    * NO?


    1. Nilbert

      I hear dat! Can’t these tedious gits just go and:

      1. have a pint without it becoming a big attention wh0ring production?
      2. Go and *&%@ themselves with their banal Guinness-related probe
      3. what the %*@# am I doing reacting to this drivel on the internet.

  5. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    The Cappagh House in Finglas. Wear an English jersey.
    …and if anyone else asks me to send them to a decent pub but attempts to make me sign up to Twatter in order to reply I’ll find a worse pub, you twit.

      1. The Old Boy

        He could try the Chancery Inn. A lovely spot for a pint at seven on a Saturday morning.

  6. Eamonn Clancy

    He needs to reach level 4 to unlock that achievement. For now I’m afraid he must start at the bottom of the table; The Globe

  7. Bruncvik

    I used to be partial to The Long Hall on South George Street. Haven’t been there in a while, though. O’Donoghues (Merrion Row), Kehoes and Grogans still do good pints. Lots of pubs, though, including formerly good places like Toners, started pre-pouring pints and then just topping them up when people requested them.

      1. Bruncvik

        Only on busy days, such as Fridays. On those days, they also use the basement bar for beer garden orders, and the Guinness from there is noticeably worse than the street-level bar.

    1. Caroline

      Terrible pints. Poncey “clientele”. Packed with tourists. Toilets a disgrace. Surly barstaff. Over-50s theme nights. Blaring TVs. Frequently attacked by herds of roaming undead. Tapas is mediocre. Nobody go here, thanks.

  8. Drogg

    The Royal Oak in Kilmainham is one of the greatest little pubs in the world and does a great pint of porter.

  9. Ultach

    Nobody’s mentioned the Windjammer. Never been brave enough to enter, but it opens at 7.30am and it’s got a huge picture of a pint of Guinness above the door, and a cool name.

  10. Murtles

    Pfft Dublin Guinness is brewed in London, everyone knows that. St James Gate stuff is exported to far flung places like Abu Dhabi and Leitrim .

  11. Steph Pinker

    Go to a bar that doesn’t serve food and where the glasses are hand-washed, most places that machine-wash glasses use too much detergent or they don’t clean the machine regularly/ properly.

  12. MarioBalotelli

    Guinness = reasonable beverage but massively over-rated. Far better beer available in most pubs now. Look for something a bit more interesting Steve Conlon, don’t believe the hype.

  13. scottser

    The dame tavern. Pat will be tender and caring, i promise. And he’ll respect you in the morning

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