ST PATRICK’S Day is fast approaching and with revellers set to descend on Dublin it could pay to be in the know when it comes to finding the cheapest pint of Guinness on offer.
Fortunately, the good people over at The Sweatershop have put in the hard graft to work out the cheapest places to enjoy a hefty glass of the black stuff.
There’s a clear winner too with The Snug Bar on Stephen Street Upper coming out on top as the pub offering the cheapest pint of Guinness in Dublin.
A pint can be purchased for the palatable sum of just €3.70, which is decent going in the Irish capital.
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The Snug: Stephen Street The Snug is a mad shop. We’ve been in a few times over the last few years and each visit has been an eventful one. A small gang of us called upon the first occasion we tried this pub. To enter one generally has to shimmy past the cluster of smokers who tend to station themselves upon the threshold in the intake of their nicotine. Once inside you’ll be greeted by a well illuminated space furnished in similarly bright wooden tones which serve to pronounce shabbier elements of the room. Hastily hung posters advertising cheap lager are the order of the day as far as artwork goes. The locals make this pub – roughly attired and roughly voiced – they could easily be described as on the more rambunctious side of boisterous. They took up most of the front of the pub and had a good day’s drinking under their belt when we arrived. No sooner than we had ordered and settled we had caught the attention of one of the more vocal of the regulars. Standing to attention he noisily enquired as to whether we would like to buy any drugs, a question which was met with a cacophony of laughter from the front of the bar. After assuring us that he was only winding us up he came to join us whereupon he took a shine to one of the gang. Berating us for allowing a “lovely girl like that” to buy her own drink he beckoned the young barman who appeared from behind the bar for a moment only to disappear. Seeing this, our new pal explained to us that the barman had returned to retrieve the key from the register and proudly exclaimed: “I’ve robbed this place loads of times”. Reappearing, the barman took an order from our new mate who returned to the front of the pub only to arrive back to the table with a pint for the ‘lovely girl’. He was to send on two full pints for our pal who caught his eye, being nervous of the situation she decided against drinking them. Yours truly made sure they weren’t to go to waste. We’d stop short of encouraging regular visits here. But do drop in once or twice, if only for the story you’ll get out of your visit.
The Portobello on South Richmond Street, Downey’s in Cabra and The Auld Triangle in Drumcondra all offer pints of Guinness at €4 a pop.
The Lark Inn, found close to the iconic Guinness Storehouse itself, sells Guinness at €4.10 a pint.
Dicey Reilly’s offers pints fo Guinness at €4.20 a go as does, The Yacht in Ringsend, Kavanagh's in Stoneybatter, The Bridge Tavern in Summerhill and The Clock in The Liberties.
By contrast, The Temple Bar pub topped the list for offering the most expensive pint of Guinness in Dublin at €6.90, with The Vat House a close second with Guinness on offer at €6.80 a pint.
Seven of the ten most expensive places to enjoy a Guinness were located in the Temple Bar region of Dublin. You’ve been warned.