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Feb 27, 2007 05:56 AM

where can i find the best GUINNESS pour in Bos?

the freshest pour done with the most skill and cleanest tap lines. that would take you almost all the way to Dublin.

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  1. Depends on the night, the crowds, and the bartender, but I generally tend to find the best pours at these places:

    James's Gate, JP
    Kitty O'Shea's, downtown
    The Druid, Cambridge
    The Field, Cambridge
    Hugh O'Neill's, Malden

    I've had some GREAT pints of Guinness at Spirit in Cambridge, but sometimes when it's packed and they are harried, I find the pours to be a bit rushed.

    1. Paul Barry at Grafton Street in Cambridge pours a great pint.

      I also love the Guinness at Flann O'Brien's in Mission Hill.

      1. I enjoy the pour at Amrein's in South Boston too

        1. Actually, now that I think of it, some of the best pours I've had have been at the Blackthorn Pub in Southie, but it's not exactly a place for the faint of heart...

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            I second the Druid and the Field. The Druid also has terrific Irish food (excellent rich shepherd's pie) and atmosphere. I like the fact that they have malt vinegar on the tables. Shay's in Harvard square is another decent option.

          2. As any Guinness aficionado knows, the black stuff does not travel well long distances from the Gate in Dublin. I get kind of skeptical when local pubs in Boston claim to have the best pour. And yes, the barman that is dispensing it makes a world of difference, as well as how often their lines get cleaned and how much they pour on a daily basis. That being said, IMHO, Mr. Dooley's Boston Tavern on Broad Street consistently pours a nice full bodied, creamy pint of Guinness. They have been doing this for years and it will bring tears to the eyes of expatriated Irish for days to come. Slainte!

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            1. re: Gary Grill

              Cheers! Dooley's and the Druid are always first stops on my Guinness trail- Dooleys' at Christmastime is a magical way to get into the holiday spirit(s).