The Guinness Store House was one of the things I had been looking forward to the most on my Dublin visit. I LOVED this experience! I arrived a little after noon and spent most of my afternoon there just mooching around.
The place is (apparently) shaped like a beer glass, and you simply start from the bottom and work your way up. You will learn about how the beer is made, how to drink it properly(!), see all their funny advertising from over the years and so much more.
‘Following an enjoyable period of trial and error..’ – I love Irish humor.
I bought the t-shirt..
Besides that, the building looks beautiful!
I ended the visit with the complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar at the very top of the building, floor 6. It was a lovely clear day so the view over Dublin was excellent!
The Brazen Head pub is the oldest in Ireland and was conveniently located on the way home to the hostel from Guinness, so that’s where I went to get my lunch. Seemed like a lovely place, although I think you should go there at night to get the full experience.
The one thing I felt I hadn’t experienced yet was some proper Irish music in a pub, so in the evening I made a new friend at the hostel (as you do) and took her with me to O’Donoghue’s pub. I had read somewhere that this was a place that was popular among the locals and usually had some pretty good musical acts around.
We arrived at 7 PM, and the music didn’t start until 9.30. Luckily that’s not a problem in good company with a Guinness in front of you.
A little past 9.30 the two musicians had settled in and started playing from their little corner. I could tell that this was in fact not a typical tourist place, because my friend and I were the only people with our smart phones out to take pictures – the musicians were simply part of the whole setup. I love this kind of music, and next time I think I’ll try to be in Dublin on a weekend so I can experience one of the bigger bands.
Have you experienced the Guinness Storehouse or an evening in an Irish pub? What did you think? Comment below.