144. The Dubliner, Washington, DC

The Dubliner seems to be an institution in DC, but it wouldn’t really stand-out in Ireland. Since this is a global list, it seems hard to justify this inclusion.

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In truth, the dive-bar Irish pub right next door was much more affable and relaxed and had a better beer selection AND live music too.

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On a summer night such as on my visit, the expansive outdoor seating is a boon, and the close proximity to the station  adds to the appealing location, especially for a swift half between trains or a first port of call after a long journey. I imagine it is popular with the suited 5-o-Clock-finisher’s from the surrounding downtown offices.

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The interior is split into two: restaurant and bar, the latter of which offers a long row of stools, sports on tv and attentive bar staff to help you while away some hours. But so does next door.

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Yes, that’s a lager served in a Guinness glass in the background. Come on people.

 

Venue: 5/10

Nothing extraordinary for Ireland, but a real good effort for the States.

Beer: 3/10

Very decent Guinness for this side of the pond, but a very limited selection otherwise.

Worthy? No.

From an American history perspective, perhaps. But not for the beer.

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81. The Gravity Bar, Guinness St. James Gate Brewery, Dublin, Ireland

Renowned health drink Guinness needs no introduction: you are on a beer site after all. The lovely stout is still brewed at the original brewery at St. James Gate, which is where you can find the Gravity Bar perched atop the brewhouse, thus offering the best views over Dublin. Available in over 100 countries, it unquestionably tastes better in Ireland.*

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Less renowned is Guinness’s contribution to statistical theory: William Sealy Gosset devised the Student’s t-test in order to monitor quality, and the pseudonym was necessary under Guinness’s restrictive policy whereby their on-staff chemists were not allowed to publish their results.

I don’t like the inclusion of breweries with an admittance fee on this list; Gravity Bar is no exception and, as of writing, will cost you €16.50. Drinking beer on-site as it were is a brilliant experience; paying so much before you can even buy a pint is marring. It’s this kind of profiteering that should strike this ilk of bar off the list.

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Venue: 5/10

The best views in town. The interior is designed for functionality and corporate events; in truth, it’s rubbish. Always busy.

Beer: 5/10

Only varieties of Guinness are available- the Original and Foreign Extra are lovely though.

Worthy? If there was free admittance, probably.

Guinness has a long history, in both beer and statistics, and the views are great. But the entrance fee makes Gravity Bar a one-time place.

*Questionably.