Where To Enjoy A Pint of Guinness's New Brew On Tap
The city of Belfast isn't short of a great pint of Guinness, but did you know that the Guinness brewers at St James's Gate also have an experimental brewery?
For over 100 years, the master brewers have used The Open Gate Brewery as a licence to discover new recipes, reinterpret classic ones and experiment with new flavours to bring exciting new beers to the Guinness family.
In 2015, St James's Gate opened the doors of this brewery to the public to savour these unique brews, including the 1516 Pilsner, Chocolate and Vanilla Stout and Strawberry Porter. Following its success, they are now taking their next step by extending some of the products of The Open Gate Brewery to a number of Belfast bars, beginning with the Rye Pale Ale and offering a new brew every second month. We've selected some of the best places in Belfast to enjoy these new brews on tap.
Sunflower Public House
With no frills, themes or gimmicks, simplicity and great live music are at the heart of Sunflower's appeal. Traditional, Appalachian and Gypsy Swing sessions feature weekly in the bar, with the sounds of folk and bluegrass setting the tone upstairs. The bar is instantly recognisable by the security cage on its front door, a relic from the 1980s which remains as a tribute to the city's social history. Guinness's experimental brews are the perfect fit in this snug venue, which also serves up pints of locally brewed ale from Hilden. Read more >>
The Cloth Ear
The Merchant Hotel's family-friendly public house is the perfect place for a delicious and comforting meal, served with the latest brew from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery. Combining both modern and traditional design, with eccentric details and conversation pieces throughout, this is a cosy and welcoming spot in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter. Enjoy its range of local brews and craft beers, as well as the latest from Guinness. Read more >>
Kelly's Cellars is one of Belfast's oldest traditional pubs, retaining all of the character and interiors of an eighteenth century bar. Described as "a hidden gem that oozes old traditional values", it is popular with both the locals and visitors to the city and is famous for a bowl of homemade Irish stew, served with a pint of Guinness. With this in mind, it is no surprise that it is complementing its traditional beverage of choice with the latest addition to the Guinness family. Read more >>
Ryan's Bar & Restaurant
Ryan's Bar, situated in South Belfast, is known for great craic, excellent food and a warm, family-friendly atmosphere. With a bar on the site for well over a century, it has become much loved by its local community, as well as being steeped in folklore. It is known as having been a popular haunt of Seamus Heaney and 'The Group' in the 60s, but is best known for originating as a staging post for horses bound for Dublin - is that a good enough excuse to enjoy a pint of Dublin's favourite ale? Read more >>
Boasting a range of over 60 local and international bottled beers & ciders, as well as one of the best pints of Guinness in Belfast, it comes as no surprise that The Garrick are one of the first Belfast bars to serve up the Open Gate Brewery's newest ale. However, The Garrick is known for more than just great beer - it hosts live music four nights a week, and all live football and rugby matches are shown in both bars. Read more >>
Nicknamed "The Big House" by the locals on account of its three storeys, The Pavilion Bar draws its clientele from all over the city and beyond. This traditional bar offers everything from a traditional Belfast bar atmosphere, to live entertainment, comedy nights and even a pool room in the loft. Where better to enjoy the latest export from the Guinness brewery? Read more >>