Is it some sort of giddy, traveller’s placebo affect, or simply because the liquid has less far to travel?
Quite why a pint of Guinness tastes better in its native city has been a source of wonder and debate for locals and visitors to Dublin for years.
But where exactly is the best place to sample 'the black gold' once you get there? Here, we round up our five favourite pubs to test the theory out for yourself.
1 | Gravity Bar
The best museum in Dublin (if not the world) is the Guinness Storehouse, a giant Guinness glass-shaped tribute to the origins and manufacturing of the famous drink (with pint pouring master classes and live music along the way). At the top of the building (the ‘head’ of the pint) is the gravity bar, with a peerless 350 degree view of the city and a glass of black stuff taken from as close to source as possible.
2 | Mulligan's
Nat King Cole and Judy Garland both enjoyed a pint here inbetween doing their stuff at the Theatre Royal over the road. With its stained wood fittings and low ceilings, you can kid yourself you’re drinking in a bygone era, and the quality of the Guinness means many a local happily make it their top recommendation.
8 Poolbeg Street, 00 353 1 677 5582
3 | Grogan's
Aside from the excellent pint, Grogan’s boasts one of the Dublin’s most fascinating interiors (you’ll be staring at the paraphernalia on the walls for a long time) and a great outdoor spot for people watching on Castle Market. Oh – and the toasties are famously wonderful.
15 William Street South, Ranelagh, 00 353 1 677 9320, groganspub.ie
4 | Becky Morgans
A quieter spot on the edge of the city that never lets you down when it comes to getting a classic Irish welcome, Becky Morgans is also one of the city’s best drinking spots for sport, being both 5 minutes from The Aviva Stadium and committed to showing live events on TV.
9-11 Grand Canal Street, 00 353 1 662 4163
5 | The Stag's Head
So picturesque Guinness use it in their adverts, this beautifully preserved Victorian tavern takes some finding but is more than worth the search. James Joyce certainly thought so. Regular live music and comedy mean this is a great choice for an evening out.
1 Dame Court , 00 353 1 679 3687