Beer vs. Guinness at Sláinte (photo via their Facebook page).

It is a well-known fact that in every single city in the world, you can always find an Irish pub. Of course, Buenos Aires is no exception, with dozens of options all over town. But have no fear; with St Patrick’s Day around the corner, we’ve ranked the best Irish pubs so you know exactly where to join in on the action come March 17th.

Sullivan’s Drink House 

Is it as Irish on the inside as it is on the outside? (photo via Sullivan's Facebook page).
Is it as Irish on the inside as it is on the outside? (photo via Sullivan’s Facebook page).

 

Name: You cant go wrong with a classic Irish surname. | 8/10

Location: Jorge Luis Borges 1702

Décor: Dark mahogany tables and chairs with TV screens providing the main source of lighting: very Irish. | 6/10

What’s on the menu: The usual staple pub meals including burgers and fish and chips, but apparently not to a very high standard (according to Trip Advisor…). | 5/10

Price for a Pint: AR $140

Guinness: No (!)

Craic: A bit dead and dingy- and not in the endearing Irish way. But, they changed their cover photo on Facebook for St Patrick’s day, which is something. | 5/10.

Down Town Matias

Irish brands and Celtic patterns: Down Town Matias have got it right (photo via their Facebook page).
Irish brands and Celtic patterns: Down Town Matias have got it right (photo via their Facebook page).

 

Name: An Irish pub can’t be called after a person who doesn’t have an Irish name. | 5/10

Location:  Uriarte 1657

Décor: Plenty of Irish paraphernalia, from old Guinness coasters to Harp beer bar towels, but the garish green leather sofas are a bit of a mood killer. | 7/10

What’s on the menu: Their menu features lots of pasta and Tiramisu, more Italian than Irish. | 4/10

Price for a Pint: AR $80

Guinness: Not on tap…

Craic: On the internet, Down Town Matías looked like the place to be. We went to check it out on a Thursday night – it was closed. | 4/10

Sláinte

People enjoying a pint outside Sláinte (photo via their Facebook page).
People enjoying a pint outside Sláinte (photo via their Facebook page).

 

Name: The Irish word for ‘cheers’ definitely gets full marks. | 10/10

Location: Fitz Roy 1747

Décor: Empty bottles of Jameson whiskey line the shelves, and hanging from the walls are Irish roadsigns and a hurling stick or two. Cozy without being twee. Excellent job. | 9/10

What’s on the menu: A generous selection of all the usual suspects, including pizza and burgers, but they knock the other places out of the park with their options of roast lamb and traditional Irish stew. | 10/10

Price for a Pint: AR $100

Guinness: On tap!

Craic: Always boasting a fair few customers and things get pleasantly busy on weekends. They play some good Irish tunes too. 9/10

Dubliners Irish Pub

Count the shamrocks on Dubliner's lovely exterior (photo via Google maps).
Count the shamrocks on Dubliners lovely exterior (photo via Google maps).

 

Name: Rather a reductive name as the capital always overshadows Ireland’s other brilliant towns and cities. | 6/10

Location: Humboldt 2000

Décor: Rickety wooden barstools, a tiled floor, and white lacy net curtains: they’ve got an authentic Irish pub vibe down to a tee. | 9/10

What’s on the menu: Pub staples including sausage, chips, and burgers at a reasonable AR $160 per dish, but nothing traditionally Irish. | 7/10

Price for a Pint: AR $100, only AR $60 during their 5 PM – 10 PM happy hour.

Guinness: Only in cans.

Craic: Dubliners stands proudly and invitingly on the corner of a Humboldt block, giving off warm and welcoming vibes which clearly work their magic: it is said to be one of the most popular Irish pubs in Buenos Aires. This is clear to see, as their outdoor seating is rarely unoccupied during opening hours. | 10/10

Two other establishments that are throwing their tall, green top-hats into the ring are non-Irish contenders Buller Brewing Company (Junín 1747) and Benaim Gastropub (Gorriti 4015). Known for its impressive range of beer, Buller will be freshly stocked with a generous batch of Golden, Hefeweizen, Honey, Amber, IPA and Stout especially for St. Patrick’s weekend, with guest DJ Fedecrew coming on Saturday. Flowing from Benaim’s beer taps will be a special Red Honey produced by Cerveza Aldea. Price-wise, each place is neck and neck, with both serving pints for AR $60 during their 6 PM – 8 PM happy hours.

Judging by Buenos Aires’ notoriety for its partying and night-life, wherever you go this Saturday we’re convinced it’ll be great craic!