Gravity Bar | Dublin’s Best View Just Got Better
Ireland’s number one visitor attraction, the Guinness Storehouse has officially opened its highly anticipated new Gravity Bar, presenting extended panoramic views over Dublin.
Developed over three years and costing almost €20 million, Gravity Bar has more than doubled in size, offering visitors 360 degree vistas which now include Phoenix Park and extended views of the Dublin Mountains. The new bar will also be able to host up to 500 people at a time.
Since opening in 2000, Gravity Bar, which stands 46 metres high, has become one of the world’s most iconic viewing decks. It has hosted high profile guests including Queen Elizabeth II, Bill Clinton, Tom Cruise, Kylie Minogue and more recently The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
“We are bulging with pride to celebrate this fantastic new bar,” said Paul Carty, Managing Director at the Guinness Storehouse, at last night’s launch. “Why did we create it? The reason was to do with quality customer care and service.”
“When we talked to visitors, our research was telling us the original Gravity Bar was too crowded. Now between the two bars on the 7th floor of the Guinness Storehouse, there will be more seating and fantastic comfort. People can come up here and look out over Dublin city with a pint in their hand.”
Mark Sandys, Global Head of Beer, Baileys & Smirnoff at Guinness’ owners Diageo, added: “Immediately after the original Gravity Bar opened President Clinton visited. And of course, earlier this week, we were privileged enough to host the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In the intervening years, we’ve had queens, film stars, rock stars and 21 million members of the public come to us here.”
“The reason for this is the iconic history of Guinness, the great quality of Irish food from our partners at Seasons and the experience on offer here which we work hard every year to keep improving. I hope you’ll agree this latest development takes that to a new level. We think the new Gravity Bar has the best views in Dublin and that it’s a great place to come for a pint of the black stuff.”
Paul Kelly, CEO of Failte Ireland, was full of praise for the Guinness Storehouse and their most recent development: “Massive credit to Diageo management through the years for their continual re-investment in this tremendous asset for Irish tourism and for constantly reinventing and improving it, never resting on their laurels. That’s a real inspiration and something we should all look to emulate on an ongoing basis.”
“The Guinness Storehouse is a jewel in the crown of Irish tourism. It is a destination driving attraction. Tourists come to Ireland because of the Guinness Storehouse. Tourism is worth about €8 billion to the economy. It employs 260,000 people. I’ve no doubt it wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for the likes of the Guinness Storehouse.”
The architects behind Gravity Bar’s new innovative design, RKD, also led the initial development of the Guinness Storehouse 20 years ago, transforming it from a derelict grain store into a seven-storey storytelling showcase. O’Donnell O’Neill Design, meanwhile, were the designers tasked with upgrading the contemporary interior.
Dublin-based street artist Aches was also commissioned to create a bespoke art installation that features on the four walls throughout the new bar. With 1.7 million visitors to the Guinness Storehouse every year, this will make Aches’ original artworks some of the most viewed in the country.
Located at St James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse tells the story of one of Ireland’s most iconic brands. Those who visit the landmark from the Emerald Isle and abroad discover what goes into making each and every pint; learn about Guinness’ history stretching over 250 years; and experience a Guinness tasting like no other.