Why yes, I did! Although it wasn’t really a bar. Navy fans were treated to a private party at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland prior to the Emerald Isle Classic football game.
The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s #1 tourist attraction. It has the world’s largest pint glass that is 7 stories tall and which, if full, would hold 14.3 million pints of Guinness! The establishment was quite happy to serve a couple hundred Navy fans who knew how to “throw one back”.
Because we were with a private party, we didn’t have to cover admission. The normal cost of a ticket is €18 for adults and €6.50 for children and comes with a complimentary pint of Guinness and soft drink respectively. There are other combinations that could reduce costs such as purchasing online or having a family, senior citizen or student discount.
The building itself is very interesting and it walks you through the amazing history of Guinness beer. At the bottom of the atrium, you can find the 9000 year lease that founder, Arthur Guinness, signed on the St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin. A 9000 year lease – that is crazy!
One feature that you can take advantage of at the Storehouse is learning how to pour the perfect pint. To be quite honest, I knew people considered pouring an “art” but I had no clue that there were actually 6 steps that one should follow in order to obtain said perfect pint.
In case you were wondering where you were going when wandering the streets (or if you had already been sampling the wares)…these signs come in handy.
We obviously had something that Liam wanted! He was so surprised that I would take a sip and wouldn’t let him have any.
He even tried to steal some from his unsuspecting aunt, Ashley. You have to watch those little ones!
As for kids, obviously little ones under a year old could go just about anywhere and be quite content. I don’t think I would have tried bringing kids from a toddler to about age 10 because there wasn’t much that we saw that would keep them engaged.
Did we have a great time? A resounding YES! Is Guinness better in Ireland than it is anywhere else? I believe that it has a little something extra (even if just the atmosphere). Do I think that the Storehouse should be the most popular attraction that Ireland has to offer? No, I don’t.
This is a hard thing for me to say because I am a history buff and the meticulously documented timeline that is shown at the Storehouse is intriguing!
I’m sure that many people will disagree, but to me, the most amazing parts of Ireland are the scenes of the countryside. The quaint villages with the most friendly people that you could meet, the castles that have been dotting the countryside for hundreds of years, and the dramatic views of places like the Cliffs of Moher and the Giant’s Causeway.
Which would you prefer to see – the Guinness Storehouse or the countryside?