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Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar to DOUBLE in size

Known for providing some of the best views of Dublin – and the freshest pints – the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse has announced its plans to expand.

The Gravity Bar is known for its amazing views of Dublin.
The Gravity Bar is known for its amazing views of Dublin. Image by Guinness Storehouse

The birthplace of Ireland’s most famous beer is now a huge tourist attraction, drawing in people from around the world to explore a seven-floor, interactive experience dedicated to the beverage and its creator, Arthur Guinness. Now, the storehouse  is proposing a €16 million expansion that would see the top-floor bar double in size, subject to planning permissions. As the highest bar in the city, the Gravity Bar provides 360-degree panoramic views of Dublin and the extra space would be welcome for the crowds of beer-loving visitors who walk through its doors each day.

Two men pour pints in the Guinness Storehouse.
Staff pour pints in the Gravity Bar of the Guinness Storehouse. Image by ©Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock

The storehouse is a huge draw for travellers in Dublin, bringing in more than 16.5 million people since it opened in 2000 and guests may now have more to look forward to. The expansion will include a new space linked to the original Gravity Bar to create a large panoramic space, which will be able to hold 500 people at a time, twice what it can now.

If planning permissions are granted, construction will start in 2018 and will welcome visitors by 2019. Thankfully for Guinness-lovers, the original Gravity Bar will remain open during construction. In addition to the bar’s expansion, a new building is included in the plans with the purpose of adding space for the Guinness Archives, which chronicle the history of Guinness over 257 years.

A rendering shows the plans for the Gravity Bar expansion.
A rendering shows the plans for the Gravity Bar expansion. Image by Guinness Storehouse

It’s also the latest move from Guinness’ parent company, Diageo, to expand in the Liberties neighbourhood of Dublin. Earlier this year, the company announced plans to launch a new premium blended Irish whiskey, Roe & Co. in the former Power Station at St. James’s Gate.