Great Guinness Toast in NYC – Friday, February 19, 2010

Tonight is the 18th annual Great Guinness Toast.
Punters from around the globe will raise their Guinness simultaneously. The toast was started by the folks of Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle Pub in Pittsburgh, PA (Wikipedia) to set the record for largest toast. In New York (and anywhere in the Eastern Time Zone) the toast occurs at 11pm.
I have searched for more information on it, but even the website didn’t have much news. So, in our continuous efforts to “connect the fun to the fun people”, we provide you with a list of places to get a great pint of Guinness in NYC.

Now, some might think that a pint is a pint, and they are all the same. Maybe for some draught beer, but with Guinness (and most stouts), it is not necessarily true. In addition to factors such as the cleanliness of the tap lines and the glass, and temperature, the actual act of pouring of a stout has a profound influence on the quality of the pint. Guinness likes to say that a perfect pint is built. So a venue and bartenders that takes their Guinness seriously will take steps to pour the proper pint.

The list below is simply a list some of my favorite places to enjoy a Guinness in NYC. I must say the “research” was exhausting (no it wasn’t). They are in no particular order, and feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section. Slainte!

Tracks Raw Bar & Grill
Penn Station
LIRR level
New York, NY
(212) 244-6350
Tracks Raw Bar & Grill in Penn Station is very proud of the pints they pour,
even winning a gold medal from Guinness for the quality of their pints.

Puck Fair
298 Lafayette St.
(bet. Houston & Prince)
New York, NY
(212) 431-1200


The Parlour
250 W. 86th St. (Broadway)
Upper West Side
New York, NY
(212) 580- 8923

304 Bowery
(between Bleecker & Houston St.)
East Village
New York, NY
(212) 253-7030

Paddy Reilly's
Paddy Reilly’s
519 Second Ave. (29th St.)
New York, NY
212 686-1210
Trinity Pub
229 E. 84th St.
(between Second & Third Ave.)
Upper East Side
New York, NY
(212) 327-4450
The Central Bar
109 E. 9th St.
(between 3rd & 4th Ave.)
East Village
New York, NY
(212) 529-5333

133 W. 33rd St.
(bet. Sixth & Seventh Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 629-6191


The Kinsale Tavern
1672 Third Ave.
(bet. 93rd & 94th St.)
Upper East Side
New York, NY
(212) 348-4370

34 E. 4th St.
(between Bowery & Lafayette)
East Village
New York, NY
(212) 260-3600

Lansdowne Road
599 Tenth Ave.
(between 43rd & 44th St.)
Hell’s Kitchen
(212) 239-8020
New York, NY

If you name your bar “The Perfect Pint”, you very well better have a good one.

Two pubs, one on the east side, one on the west.

The Perfect Pint
123 W. 45th St.
(between 6th & 7th Ave.)
Near Times Square
New York, NY
(212) 354-1099

The Perfect Pint
203 E. 45th St.
(Between 3rd & 2nd Ave.)
New York, NY
212 867 8159


95 Pearl St./58 Stone St.
(Hanover Square)
New York, NY
(212) 482-0400

I encourage you to go out and try a Guinness at a few places, and tell us what you think.
See our Irish Pubs page for a list of the best Irish pubs in NYC.

And here is a video on how to pour a perfect pint:

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