So, after a tip off from one of our dedicated followers, thanks Anthony, we jumped back on the A train down to West 4th. After a two minute walk west from the subway on West 4th on the North side of the street The Four-Faced Liar sits quietly, awaiting our presence.
We are not sure exactly how long The Four-Faced Liar has been open but on entering the bar it looks as though the bar has been there forever, We quickly get the impression of being in a truly traditional pub from the old country. When we discover the owner is a Cork man we quickly understand the homely feel and atmosphere of the place. Sitting up at the bar with some of the regulars who are watching the Jets on two discreet TVs at either side of the bar (the sound was off and background music still playing, so the TV’s were no intrusion if it’s not your thing) we are welcomed by our first American bartender on our travels believe it or not. John was most welcoming and immediately got to work on our favourite pint.
Lifting a twenty ounce Guinness glass the first pour is perfect with the glass held at 45 degrees and a slight rotation of the glass and 100% concentration, a good sign of things to come. We would also like to point out that all drafts at The Four-Faced Liar are served in 20 ounce glasses. Once the first pour settles a second pour with the handle full on takes the pint just to below the rim of the glass and again allowed to settle. The third is then made with the handle pushed back to simply top off and crown the head. We also saw this pour at Swift and really love the technique plus the attention given to the beer. All of the above pays off nicely when John produces a round of perfect pints in front of us without a bubble in sight!
Do they taste as good as they look? YES! With as light and fresh taste it’s obvious that this is a well cared for line and from the hiss of the pour the gas is also spot on. In fact it was so good we just had to stay for another few just to make sure. Had it not have been for a pressing engagement we might still be there yet!
The Four-Faced Liar definitely did not disappoint and you can be assured we will now always be stopping by when we are in the neighbourhood. We really love to find a spot where the Guinness is so well loved!
Here’s a little trivia on The Four-Faced Liar. The bar is named after a clock tower in the owner’s hometown of Cork where each face of the clock always told a different time from the other. The bar also featured heavily in the 2010 movie named The Four-Faced Liar.
Happy hour at The Four-Faced Liar runs until 8pm, with a fully stocked bar and eight different drafts, the non Guinness drinker will still find something they’ll like. You can even get a wee cup of Irish tea.