Life is full of little moments and experiences that touch your soul. The smell of the air right before a snow storm, watching the sun rise in the summer, hearing a great joke for the first time and drinking a perfectly poured pint of Guinness. Unless you have taken a trip to Ireland, we can just about guarantee that most people have not had the privilege to experience such a thing. If a trip to Ireland is not in your near distant future, do not despair, because you do not have to look further than the Tir Na Nog in Trenton, NJ to quench this thirst. This small Irish bar pours the absolute best Guinness you will have this side of the pond!
The Nog is located just inside the city limits of Trenton on Hamilton Ave. One could easily mistake the Nog for a home and drive right past it, if not for the glorious golden harp sign that hangs out front. After walking into this little Irish oasis and ordering a Guinness, you quickly begin to understand that you are in a special place. This feeling might hit while you wait patiently as the bartender takes their time to pour your pint. The technique of this ritual is perfected, as they ever so carefully let the head settle at certain points of the pour - never rushing and never sacrificing the pour, regardless of how busy they are. You are watching an artist work, and it truly a thing to behold. As you settle into your seat (especially if you get the booth), and raise the pint to your lips, take a look around, then take a sip, it is clear: this is how Guinness is supposed to taste.
If you’re lucky enough to be enjoying your pint of black gold with one of the many live acts that regularly perform, the experience can be transcendent. Before you know it, you are stomping your feet, singing along and declaring your love of the Nog. Do not deny yourself this #TrentonTreasure, and experience all that it has to offer. Check out the Tir Na Nog’s website to get details on their upcoming events.
Tir Na Nog
1324 Hamilton Ave, Trenton, NJ 08629