Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland

A visit to the Guinness Storehouse is a must-do in Dublin. If you’re like me and don’t love Guinness, read on to find out how to make the most out of your visit.

A visit to the Storehouse is more than a beer tasting, it’s a full beer experience. The self-guided tour takes you through the history of Guinness and how it’s made, with multiple exhibits across multiple floors. There is also a cafe, bar, restaurant, and the Gravity Bar, the top floor overlooking Dublin and the mountains, where you get your free Guinness after the end of the tour.

Instead of buying ticket online for the tour, we made a reservation at the 1837 Brasserie on OpenTable. There was a long line for entrance to the brewery, but we were able to go to a separate line with no one waiting. We told the lady we didn’t have brewery tickets yet, as they are timed and we didn’t know when we would be done eating. We were able to buy tickets directly from her, good for anytime that day, and they were were cheaper than online!

Pro tip: Make a reservation at 1837 and buy your tickets for the brewery when you check in

We headed upstairs to the restaurant. The entire place is multiple levels, with the middle open to the ground, letting you see everything regardless of what floor you’re on.

The Husband ordered a pint of Guinness with his lunch and I tried the Guinness Prosecco cocktail. It wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t make it at home. For lunch, I started with the oysters and they were so good. Just the right balance of briny and sweet, and they were so cold. I had a burger for my meal. I only eat burgers about once a year, but everyone talks about how good the red meat is in Ireland because of the quality of the cows. And it’s true. It was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. The Husband had chicken wings and fries with chorizo and cheese. The wings were pretty good, but the cheese on the fries hardened too quickly, making it hard to eat.

When we were done with lunch we headed back down to the brewery exhibit. There is so much to see that you could easily spend a couple hours there.

Finally, we headed up to the Gravity Bar to have our free Guinness. There are two bars on each side where you can order a Guinness or their Hop House 13 Lager. I learned from the bartender that they add black currant syrup to lots of things in Dublin, including Guinness. I ordered mine with the syrup and it was actually quite good. It gave the stout a hint of sweetness and made it much more drinkable for me.

Pro tip: Order the Guinness with black currant syrup. It’s also a popular add-on to the ciders in Dublin

The Gravity Bar has floor to ceiling windows, with great views everywhere you look. There are plenty of seats, but I recommend walking around and reading all the fun facts about the area on the windows.

They also have add-0n experiences: The Stoutie, where you can print your selfie on the head of a Guinness, the Guinness Academy, where you can learn to pour the perfect pint, and the Connoisseur Experience, an intimate deep dive into Guinness. We didn’t do any of these but any big fan of Guinness would enjoy them I think.

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