Dublin is a drinking destination. For many, a visit to Ireland’s capital comes with plans to consume more than a few pints at the city’s pubs. Beyond the colorful street-side drinking establishments, two of Dublin’s most popular tourist attractions, the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery, are also about drinking. Dublin has more than enough to keep teetotalers entertained but it is at its best for the party crowd.
Both Guinness and Jameson offer tours. At the Guinness Storehouse the tour is self-guided. A well-planned collection of audiovisual exhibits leads visitors through the old brewery. Along the way the history of Guinness and its brewing process are explained. The tour ends with a perfectly poured pint at one of the Storehouse’s bars. Of the bars the most popular and crowded is the circular Gravity Bar at the top of the complex. The Gravity Bar offers panoramic views of Dublin. Sipping a beer at the top of the Storehouse might just be worth the tour’s rather steep price of admission.
Though the tour is guided and the view isn’t as spectacular, visiting Old Jameson Distillery is like visiting the Guinness Storehouse. In fact, the information presented on Guinness and Jameson tours is very similar as the initial steps in the whiskey and beer production are closely related. If pressed for time during a Dublin visit, I’d recommend that you visit either Jameson or Guinness but not both. Of course, if you’ve come to Dublin to drink, visiting both might nicely break up the pub visits.