So our quest for the best pint of Guinness in NYC continues this week in, you guessed it, the tourist trap that is Times Square. So is it possible to find a good pint of Guinness around here? In a day that took us from one of the worst pints we’ve had to one of the best we were shown that there is at least one hidden gem just off Times Square. Yes, O’Briens Times Square is that hidden gem.
Late on a sunny Sunday afternoon we hear of and Irish trad session going on at O’Brien’s, luckily we are in the area and in good time so decide to check out the music. Not even imagining there would be a good Guinness to accompany the music we don’t even start with a Guinness! Can you believe it?!
As the session gets in full swing and after much chat with the bartender from Tipperary he informs us the Guinness is “grand” and “always tippin’ away” So we think why not and order ourselves a round of Guinness. The first pour is spot on and sits and teases us as it takes the perfect amount of time to settle. Thankfully the musicians play an old favourite to keep us entertained as we eagerly await what is starting to look like a great pint. The Tipperary lad tops off the pint perfectly and we are almost good to go. Is it as good as it looks?
We raise our 20 ounce glasses to the musicians who nod approvingly and down the hatch. Thankfully we are not disappointed; the Guinness tastes fresh, light and very good!
The following pints are just as good if not better! As the session progresses the bar fills up fast, everyone is in good spirits as the music continues. The musicians begin taking requests, we send up two and they are able to play them straight off the cuff with no hesitation. The guitar and fiddle duo are extremely talented musicians and at their break patrons are asking where else they play and of course singing their praise.
We had a fantastic experience at O’Brien’s, not just because of the music or Guinness, but we really liked the décor of the basement bar with it’s exposed brick and warm wooden bar. The craic with the bartender and people around us at the bar wasn’t too bad either. In fact we must be honest that we were so caught up in everything going on that we forgot to take a lot of our regular pics. So we have had to scour the net for extra pics of the interior and exterior for our gallery. I guess we’ll just have to go back.
Top tip – If you want to go for the music we suggest getting in early to get a spot at the bar. Also, give the Murphy’s a try.
Heading for the Garden or Theatre? We would recommend O’Brien’s as a good spot to start off, especially if you want a good 20 ounce Guinness.
Happy Hour – every day
5 for $25 – Buckets of Corona
$8 Frozen Daiquiris and Margaritas 4 Flavors including - Strawberry, Banana, Peach or Raspberry and Pina Coladas.
10% off Wednesdays – Just show your theater ticket and save 10% off of your entire check.
The Irish Trad session is on every second Sunday from 5-8pm. We highly recommend it!
You can keep up with everything O’Briens at their website www.obriensnyc.com Plus follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
The musicians are Mary Courtney from Kerry (guitar, vocals, bodhrán) and Patrick Madden from Queens (fiddle). www.marycourtneymusic.com
The search for New Yorks best pint of Guinness continues… can we top what we’ve already discovered?