i’m pretty sure this is on everyone’s radar for dublin, right? when in dublin, visit guinness. it was one of my grandma’s biggest priorities, and she is not a drinker, that’s how synonymous dublin and guinness are.
the museum is in the old storehouses of guinness, beautifully cleaned up and re-designed. it takes you through the process of making the iconic dublin beer, as well as the historical and cultural significance. i loved the aesthetic of the building, and most days i would have soaked in this information at a nice slow pace. but this day was our first in ireland, we’d come on a red eye flight, we were working with the piece meal amounts of sleep we’d managed to scrape together on the plane (not much), and a 6 hour time shift. this was not us at our optimal, information soaking prime. we managed the first two or three floors (of six, i think?) and then gave up on the museum part of the experience, and headed for the top floor, where they keep the bar with a 360 degree view of the city, and you get your complimentary pint of ‘the black stuff’.
feeling already fairly exhausted, and not particular fans of stouts in general, we opted for half pints, and that ended up being more than adequate. i have heard from multiple sources that if YOU are a fan of guinness, this is the best tasting pint of the stuff that is available! take note.
we ended our visit by sharing a bowl of really delicious guinness stew from arthur’s bar (a pub on the premises) and some brown bread, and trekking our tired selves back to the hotel for a quiet late afternoon/early evening nap.