Words: Emily Mullen
Photographer: George Voronov
It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for, the Guinness Storehouse has finally reopened
The Guinness Storehouse isn’t just for tourists. It’s one of the few visitor attractions on this rain-sodden rock that the Irish themselves love as much as overseas travellers do. One of the few contemporary visitor experiences that both local and international visitors can enjoy together, whether it’s the first or fiftieth time passing through those ancient stone arches.
Set in a pretty special part of Dublin, the Liberties, in a space where both natives and locals can’t help but be moved by. It stands, hundreds of years on from that fateful day in 1759 when the lease was signed. Around it, the streets still bear the mark of Guinness from the red brick to the smell of malt that wafts around at certain hours of the day. Maybe it’s the influence of Guinness that’s made the Liberties so distinctive, the fixed and permanent reminder of history, that’s caused the place to preserve so much. The place retains a part of Dublin that’s been long forgotten elsewhere, where the clatter of hooves on cobblestone can be heard alongside the cry of street sellers.
The Guinness Storehouse itself has something about it too, whether a Guinness drinker or not, the significance of the brewery cannot fail to catch you and hold you. Those high industrial walls pieced together through centuries of craft and expertise. There’s something about the place that catches in your throat, makes you think of the past, who went before and what it all meant to them.
That’s before you even step foot inside the state of the art building, whose scale makes it seem like an exhibition space, from the hops and grain gathered on a colossal scale to the water from the Dublin mountains rushing overhead. The space echos and absorbs, as few others do.
Constantly evolving, the Guinness Storehouse has just launched its newest bar, and for the first time ever it’s located behind the iconic black gates on the historic cobblestones of the Guinness brewery. Creating a space for get-togethers with friends and loved ones to have one of the freshest pints of the black stuff that money can buy. Buzzing with a lively ambience among glowing lights and exciting art, the Brewery Yard is also fully covered to cater for our famous Irish summer. Tables can be booked for up to 6 people via the Guinness Storehouse website.
Despite an initial setback in reopening, businesses all across Ireland are finally reopening for indoor hospitality, for (hopefully) the last time. Whether you are a local or a visitor, that first sip from the Guinness Storehouse’s Gravity Bar will be all the sweeter, with time passed. Now the home of Guinness has reopened, Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction is back. That means that thousands more from around the globe, and here at home, can stand in those hallowed walls, understand what goes into the black stuff and learn the history of Dublin through a lens of a company that has perhaps impacted it most. Those red bricks that the visitors passed will make more sense after a visit, also perhaps the intrinsic link between Guinness and Ireland, the pride and unity we feel through every sip.
You can find the Guinness Storehouse at Dublin 8’s St. James’s Gate, visit their website for more information about tickets.
Please drink Guinness responsibly, visit drinkaware.ie for more info
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