Most American people think green beer when they hear St. Patrick’s Day. But for a true Irish experience, the dark beers are where it’s at, especially Guinness dating back to 1759 in Dublin. There is an art to the perfect Guinness pour that includes six steps, the last of which is to savor and enjoy it. Here are a few places around Chicago that are perfecting the pour.

Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant

If you’re looking for a taste of Ireland, this is the place to come. The Guinness they sell comes direct from the brewery at St. James’ Gate in Dublin. They also teach you all about the perfect pour on their website. If all that Guinness is making you hungry, you can get their Guinness mac and cheese made with a Guinness-cheddar sauce and fresh breadcrumbs.

100 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-836-0066

Celtic Crossings

If you’ve been shopping all day on the Magnificent Mile and looking for another place that has an authentic Guinness pour, this is it. They have a roaring fireplace that you can enjoy sitting by with your drink. On Sundays from 7 – 9 p.m. they have long tradition of having live Irish music.

751 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-337-1005

Irish Oak

If you’re up on the north side of Chicago near Wrigley Field, visit Irish Oak to feel like you’re truly in Ireland. While you’ll be there to drink their authentic Guinness, you won’t want to miss out on their Signature Whiskey Room in the back that boasts having more stocked whiskey than any other Irish bar in town. Even the bar you’ll be drinking at was imported from Ireland.

3511 N. Clark
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 773-935-6669

O’Shaughnessy’s Public House

Located in Ravenswood, right alongside the Metra tracks, is O’Shaughnessy’s. Come here for a comfortable and affordable place to eat and drink. They are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and breakfast on the weekends. If you’re looking for a little bit of Irish cuisine to go along with your Guinness, this is the place to head to.

4557 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-944-9896

Christina’s Place

Located on the corner of north Kedzie, in the Irving Park neighborhood, is Christina’s Place known for its $2 Guinnesses all year around, not just on St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re looking for some late night fun and karaoke to go along with your Guinness, this is the place to venture to. They’re open until 4 a.m. Monday – Friday and until 5 a.m. on Saturdays. Get ready to have a lot of Guinness.

3759 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60686
Phone: 773-463-1768

Keegan’s Pub

Owned by a true Irishman, Keegan’s is on the far south side of Chicago in Beverly, a neighborhood well known for its Irish population. People review this place as being one of the best Guinness pours on the south side. Keep in mind when you go there that they don’t serve food and it is a cash bar only.

10618 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 773-233-6829

Rachel Azark is a writer and lives on Chicago’s northwest side. Read more of her work on her blog