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.  When planning our trip to Ireland we had quite a number of things on our list to see and do.  We spent the day traveling around the city all day, both by walking and via the hop on / off bus visiting the sites, and we figured the best place to end our day in the city would be at the Guinness Storehouse.

We Almost Missed It. But Thankful for a Crazy Cab Driver!

As we stand in the rain waiting for the bus outside of St. Patrick’s cathedral, we realize that the bus seemed to be running late; and no one seemed to know why it wasn’t coming.  We always tend to cram things into our trips, so our schedule for sightseeing in Dublin was tight. 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.  I start to wonder if maybe we should have moved a bit faster during the day, especially with our geocaching in Dublin

So to meet our ongoing pleading, the driver suddenly 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!

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We finally made in time for the last tour of the day.

We Can’t Miss the Guinness Storehouse!

He drops us off at the front and we rush to the door in a complete panic that we can’t be too late for one of the coolest sites in Dublin.  Luckily, we already had our Guinness Storehouse tickets ready and with us. We are nervous when we see that we are the only ones in line, but luckily they let us in. 

Once we were inside the Guinness Storehouse museum, it didn’t matter that it was past closing time.  They allowed us to view the exhibits for a bit.  There weren’t many people and we got the feeling that we shouldn’t linger too long; however, the workers didn’t seem to be pushing us to move on.  It was nice to be able to take some time to explore the museum before heading up to the Gravity Bar for our drinks.

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Liz… Smile we are about to drink some beer

7 Floors of Interactive Beer Exhibits at the Guinness Storehouse!

The Guinness 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.

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Of course I have to touch it…

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.

Best view of Dublin while drinking the best beer in the world at Guinness Store House Visiting Ireland and Dublin wouldn’t be complete without going to the top of all the city and have a pint of ‘The Black Stuff’. But we almost didn’t make in time for the doors to close for the day. As we stood out in the rain waiting for the bus outside of St. Patrick’s cathedral, we realized that the bus was really late - and no one seemed to know why it wasn’t coming. We realized that it was getting down to the wire and we were going to miss out on the Guinness Storehouse if we didn’t get there immediately! Making a gut decision (and in the spirit of beer), we decided to run out into traffic (literally) and hail a cab. We felt like we were in the Amazing Race because we told him we needed to get to the Storehouse as fast as possible. Of course, the cab driver was stuck in traffic and to meet our demands, he flipped a U-turn and drove like a complete crazy person on side streets and weaving around cars...and we made it! After rushing to the door and seeing that we were the last in line we were hoping that they would let us in. Once inside, we would have plenty of time to explore the museum and go up to the Gravity Bar for our drinks, because they shut the line down early. I think it might have been Liz’s smile that got us our tickets into the museum, and up top for that now well deserved beer. Walking into the seven story Store House you see all of the history of Guinness. Each floor was dedicated to the history of Guinness from marketing to bottling to the original Lifetime Contract for the property in which it sits on. This place is not going anywhere! It was a thorough museum, and had a lot of interactive elements; really a great place to visit. Now being a foreigner and not knowing the history of one of the oldest beers in the world, to see it was great to see the pride in the country’s beer. PICTURE PICTURE PICTURE PICTURE After a quick run through we knew we were short on time and wanted to have that Guinness up top before they closed. So unfortunately we had to skip a couple of floors and head up to the Gravity Bar at the very top. Once we arrived it felt like an open air roof-top party (surrounded by glass). There was a full 360 degree view of Dublin. So Liz and I head to the bar and admired the careful way the bartenders poured our Guinness. Yes it is an art form. Now with our beers we can head over and enjoy the views of Dublin. We were in serenity with our favorite beer in the world with an amazing view of a grand city. Even better, with the sun shining in through the glass, it felt like the warmest place in all of Dublin. After stalking some other guests to obtain their seats when they left, we were able to drink our Guinness in bliss while we basked in the 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. So sometimes, it’s necessary to change the plan. Cheers!!!

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Guinness Storehouse – Gravity Bar:  Best Views of Dublin!

After a bit exploring, we are ready to have our free pint of Guinness (included with our admission ticket) before the bar closed.   So sadly, we needed to skip a couple of the museum floors so we would have time to enjoy our drinks.  Our last stop is the Gravity Bar on the very top level of the museum.

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View from the Gravity Bar

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.

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Enjoying our Guinness at the Gravity Bar

Enjoying a Pint of Guinness and the Views Over Dublin is a Great Way to End the Day!

 “Ah, now this is what I’m talking about” I say to Liz.

Now with the freshest of Guinness in our hands, we are able to enjoy the views of Dublin.  Even better, with the sun shining in through the glass, it felt like the warmest place in all of Dublin (the weather can be a bit chilly!).

The Gravity Bar 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 get off our tired feet after a long day of exploring to enjoy our Guinness in bliss while basking in the warm sunlight!

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Finally made it to the top to enjoy our Guinness in the sun

Mission Accomplished! Now Who’s Ready for Some Dinner & Music?

If we would have waited for that bus, who knows if we would have made it to the Guinness Storehouse 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.  

After a full day of exploring the city of Dublin, it’s time to end the evening with a stroll through Temple Bar (the area where we are staying), enjoy some dinner and some local Irish music in the streetsA perfect Dublin day – cheers!

Editors Note:  This post was originally published in September 2013, but has been revamped and updated.


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