For me personally the best pint of the blackstuff I ever had was in the Fox and Hounds, Ballyvolane in the outskirts of North Cork City. The new extension to this bar has brought some rough and tumble to the pub from the surrounding areas of Mayfield and The Glen and reminds me somewhat of the friendly to locals only atmosphere that some working class Dublin boozers are renowned for. Nevertheless the old bar, which I sat in for the evenings drinking session, hasn’t changed once since it used to be surrounded by fields and had a clientele of mostly farmers. The barman in this section of the pub is built like a tank, a friendly man but the kind that you wouldn’t cross. Two Guinness was the order, my Corkonian cousin, although proud to be a rebel, knows only too well how disgusting Cork brew is. Expertly poured one glass at a time by the experienced local barman and left settle at the bar until the silky pint was completely black in colour before he topped it up thus completing the two part pour, properly and not rushed! To describe the pint I’ll simply say that I rated it 9.5/10 any Guinness drinker reading this will know what I mean! I’m still on the search for that glorious 10/10 orgasmic pint; some say that a pint that delicious has to be a myth, although I for one think my standards are too high.
In Dublin, my favourite Guinness spots would be Liam Walshes, Parkgate Street; O’Neill’s, Pearse Street and Crowes, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge. Outside the pale, JP Morans in Westport town, The Railway House in Ballina and The Railway House in Portarlington and The Cartoon House, Rathdrum would have dished out good pints to myself over the last few years.
Anybody else have any good Guinness experiences?