The Guinness Storehouse is one of Ireland’s most iconic tourist attractions. It’s a must-see for tourists and locals alike. Guinness has an acquired taste, that’s for sure. Personally, I like it. Maybe it’s because it’s seen as a ‘hardy’ drink. Or maybe it makes me feel more patriotic. Either way, you don’t need to be a fan of this drink to visit the Guinness Storehouse. The bars inside also serve ciders and beers.. or coffee if you fancy. So, there’s something for everyone!
The Storehouse is full of unique interactive experiences. I didn’t realise that I was standing at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass until the tour guide hit us with some fun facts. The whole seven floors are based around this huge pint glass. One thing that I love about the Guinness company is its advertising campaigns. Their ideas are so original and seriously stand out from typical alcohol advertisements. I’ve so much respect for the person who came up with the fish on the bike. Yes, it’s weirdly random but I must admit it’s hilarious. It’s images are renowned world-wide so expect to see a lot of their advertisements throughout the Storehouse.
There are bars and restaurants for a chilled break between the talks of the history of the Storehouse. On entering the first bar, we were met with a surprisingly lively atmosphere. It may have been only 2pm but there was a DJ, complimentary pints of beer, Irish dancers performing alongside drummers. Foreign tourists were thoroughly entertained at a glimpse of the Irish drinking scene. I didn’t think a daytime bar in the Storehouse would be such good craic. We contemplated staying for another few pints, but thought it best to get on with the tour.
The entrance ticket also gives you a voucher to get a pint of Guinness in the Gravity bar or an opportunity to pull your own pint. I chose the latter. I’ve pulled many pints of Guinness when I was working in an Irish bar in America. It turns out that 3 years later I’m still awful at pulling pints! My Guinness may have been undrinkable but at least I got a Guinness Storehouse certificate.
The tour ends in the Gravity bar on the top level. It was crowded and noisy, but the electrifying atmosphere gives the bar a fun ambiance. The music soundtrack is a mix of Irelands most appreciative artists including The Script and Westlife. The bar couldn’t get more Irish, it was just missing some leprechauns!
The sight from the top is definitely worth staying around the bar for a few pints. The Gravity Bar is the perfect viewing place to see the panoramic views across Dublin City. After the day of discovering the history of Guinness and its link to Irish heritage, a typical Irish dinner and a few more pints are needed! I’d recommend you head to Temple Bar to finish your Irish adventure. It’s not too far from St. James’s Gate Brewery!