Visiting Dublin, Ireland wouldn’t be complete without going to the top of the city to have a pint of ‘The Black Stuff,’ but we almost didn’t make it before the doors closed for the day. We had been traveling around the city by bus all day visiting the sites, and we figured the best place to end our last day in the city would be at the Guinness Storehouse.
One of the BEST Things to do in Dublin – the Guinness Storehouse (and the best view too!)
As we stand in the rain waiting for the bus outside of St. Patrick’s cathedral, we realize that the bus is really late; and no one seemed to know why it wasn’t coming. Looking at our watches, it appears that we are going to miss the last entry into the Guinness Storehouse!
I look at Liz and say “we can’t miss out on this!” So we make a gut decision and run out into traffic (literally) to hail a cab. We plead with the driver, telling him that we need to get to the Storehouse as fast as possible because it’s about to close. As luck would have it, traffic isn’t moving quickly. So to meet our request the driver flips a U-turn and starts driving like a complete crazy person! Weaving around cars and making sharp turns onto narrow side streets to avoid the traffic. “Geez, I feel like we’re on the Amazing Race” Liz tells me with a huge smile on her face. What a way to be taken to the Storehouse!
He drops us off at the front and we rush to the door. We are nervous when we see that we are the only ones in line, but luckily they let us in. Once inside, we take some time to explore the museum before heading up to the Gravity Bar for our drinks.
The Storehouse museum covers seven floors, all about the history of Guinness. Each floor is dedicated to different parts of the Guinness business; from marketing to bottling, and even the original Lifetime Contract for the property in which it sits on. So this place is not going anywhere.
It’s a thorough museum with a lot of interactive elements, a really great place to visit! Being a foreigner and not knowing the history of one of the oldest beers in the world, it is great to learn so much about this brew see the pride the country has for it’s beer. The museum really gave us an appreciation for Guinness that we never had before.
Guinness Storehouse – Gravity Bar
After a bit exploring, we are ready to have our free pint of Guinness (included with admission) before they close. So unfortunately, we needed to skip a couple of the museum floors. Our last stop is the Gravity Bar on the very top level.
When the elevator opens, we immediately feel like we are entering a roof-top party (enclosed by glass). There is a full 360 degree view of Dublin, the best view in the city by far! Liz and I make our way to the bar and admire the careful way the bartenders poured our Guinness. Yes it is an art form.
Now with the freshest of Guinness in our hands, we are able to enjoy the views of Dublin. “Ah, now this is what I’m talking about” I say to Liz. Even better, with the sun shining in through the glass, it felt like the warmest place in all of Dublin. It was a bit crowded, so to obtain a seat we have to stalk some guests who look like they are about finished with their drinks…success! Now we are able to enjoy our Guinness in bliss while basking in the warm sunlight!
If we would have waited for that bus, who knows if we would have made it here on time. We may have missed out on this experience, and that would have been a shame. So sometimes, it’s necessary to change the plan. Cheers!!!
For more information on visiting the Guinness Storehouse, click here to visit their website.