Best Places to Find a Pint of Guinness Outside Ireland

Everyone knows there’s nothing like savouring a pint of Guinness in Ireland. But where does one go to find a pint of the legendary Irish stout outside of its birthplace? Luckily, Irish pubs have become an institution worldwide and there’s no shortage of watering holes serving creamy pints of the black stuff around the globe.

New York City, United States

It’s no surprise that one of the best places to find a pint of Guinness is in New York City. Home to a thriving Irish population that significantly rose in 1845 when over 900,000 Irish emigrants entered New York. The best pint of Guinness according to locals can be found in The Dead Rabbit located in the financial district in New York City. Once topping the list for ‘the best bar in the world’, The Dead Rabbit is spread across three floors and though it may have originally opened as a ‘cocktail emporium’, it’s a perfect place to drop in for Guinness on tap.

London, England

In London, you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding where to go for a pint of Guinness. But few contenders have been so often cited as the best place to go, not just for a pint but for the warm atmosphere as The Auld Shillelagh. Known as The Shil to its patrons, this old-school Irish pub nestled on Church street in Stoke Newington has become somewhat of a local institution. What makes this one of the best Irish pubs abroad is its sheer simplicity: No cliché decorations or memorabilia in sight! 

Melbourne, Australia

Home to the second largest Irish population in Australia, Melbourne had over 10,000 Irish-born residents according to the 2011 census. Naturally, this means you’re sure to find a quality pint of Guinness here. While there’s plenty of establishments to choose from, one that tops the list of locals and tourists alike is The Drunken Poet. Located close to the Victorian Markets on Peel Street, this watering hole displays images of famous Irish poets, framing the banter and convivial atmosphere to be found within. Not only does it serve a great pint of Guinness, but it also stocks a range of Irish whiskeys.

La Paz, Bolivia

Known as ‘the city that touches the clouds’ La Paz is a unique destination that attracts tourists from all over the world – and for good reason! La Paz has a reputation for its vibrant nightlife and beautiful views, but it might not be on your list when looking for a pint of Guinness. Well, think again. Even if solely to be able to make the claim that you’ve had a Guinness in the world’s highest Irish pub. Make your way to The Wild Rover and enjoy some craic agus ceoil in a welcoming pub nestled on the second floor of a backpacker’s hostel.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Regularly listed among the most beautiful places to visit in the world, Edinburgh is also a place to get a pint of Guinness. With a name fittingly inspired by The Dubliners, Biddy Mulligans, an Irish bar nestled in the historic Grassmarket area, should be top of your list. After exploring one of the most picturesque parts of the city, step into this lively bar and enjoy some of the live entertainment playing every night with a pint in hand.

The universal love for Guinness is evident by the widespread availability of the iconic Irish stout in every corner of the world. From the bustling streets of New York City and London to the scenic beauty of Melbourne, La Paz, and Edinburgh, each location offers a unique backdrop and atmosphere in which to savour a pint. While the taste of Guinness in Ireland remains unparalleled and a tasting  is an essential thing to do in Dublin, the experience of enjoying it in a foreign land, surrounded by vibrant cultures and histories, brings its own charm. It's more than just the drink; it's the camaraderie, the stories shared across tables, and the memories made. So, the next time you find yourself yearning for a pint of the black stuff outside of Ireland, rest assured, the world has countless cafes, restaurants and bars waiting to serve you with the warmth and spirit synonymous with the Emerald Isle. Sláinte!

Recommended Reads