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.
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.
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.