Friday, February 18, 2011

Great Guinness Toast in NYC: Friday, February 18, 2011

Tonight is the annual Great Guinness Toast.

Guinness drinkers all over the world are set to raise their pints simultaneously in the 19th annual Guinness Toast. According to (an unofficial site), it is always on the 3rd Friday of February, while Wikipedia says it is on February 13. Since Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle Pub in Pittsburgh, PA, originators of the toast, are holding their toast on Friday the 18th this year, that's good enough for us. In New York (and anywhere in the Eastern Time Zone) the toast occurs at 11pm ET.

In our continuous efforts to "connect the fun to the fun people", we provide you with our second annual list of places to get a great pint of Guinness in NYC. (see last year's list).
The list below is simply some of my favorite places to enjoy a Guinness in NYC. Regular readers may notice many returning bars from last year's list, because if I find a good thing, I like to stick with it. But I have added more this year. They are in no particular rank order, just sorted by neighborhood. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section. Slainte!

Tracks Raw Bar & Grill in Penn Station is rightfully very proud of the pints they pour, winning a gold medal from Guinness for their quality.

Tracks Raw Bar & Grill
Penn Station
LIRR level
New York, NY
(212) 244-6350

with a name like Stout...

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

another pub that puts it right out their in their title: "The Perfect Pint".

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

The first and only all-Guinness draft beer bar:

Paddy Reilly's
519 Second Ave. (29th St.)
New York, NY
212 686-1210

Mustang Sally's
324 Seventh Ave.
(between 28th & 29th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 695-3806

22 E. 41st St. (between 5th & Madison Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 685-6807

Greenwich Village:

56 Greenwich Ave.
(between 6th & 7th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 463-0516

Mr. Dennehy's
63 Carmine St. (Seventh Ave. S.)
Greenwich Village
New York, NY
(212) 414-1223


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

The Central Bar
109 E. 9th St.
(between 3rd & 4th Ave.)
East Village
New York, NY
(212) 529-5333

The Scratcher
209 E. 5th St.
(bet. 2nd Ave. & Bowery)
New York, NY

(212) 477-0030

Dempsey's Pub
61 Second Ave.
(between 3rd & 4th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 388-0662

The Thirsty Scholar
155 Second Ave.
(bet. 9th & 10th St.)
New York, NY

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


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

Upper West Side:

The Parlour

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

Upper East Side:
Eddie Crowe of Crowe's Nest challenged his readers on their facebook page:

Crowes Nest
1804 Second Ave.
(between 93rd & 94th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 860-2300

Trinity Pub
229 E. 84th St.
(between Second & Third Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 327-4450

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

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

736 10th Ave. (between 50th & 51st St.)
New York, NY
(212) 307-6410

Financial District:

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

Stone Street Tavern
52 Stone St.
New York, NY
(212) 785-5658

Bar and Grill

81 Pearl St. (Stone St.)
New York, NY
(212) 269-1001

The Dubliner
45 Stone St.
(bet. Coenties Alley & Mill Lane)
New York, NY
(212) 785-5400

Red Hook, Brooklyn:
Rocky Sullivan's
34 Van Dyke St. (Dwight St.)
Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY

Riverdale, Bronx NY

An Beal Bocht
445 W. 238th St. (Waldo Ave.)
Riverdale, Bronx, NY
(718) 884-7127

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

And finally, below, master brewer Fergal Murray explains the proper way to pour a pint:

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