Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Distilleries, Pubs and Parties

The majority of our time in Dublin was spent at a travel conference, and at a few events that we were able to attend in conjunction with the conference. Although we didn’t get much free time to explore the city, we were still able to hit up some great sites and wander around a bit as well. We managed to stop at the Jameson Distillery, the Guinness Storehouse, The Irish House Party, and have a fun night out at the Temple Bar area with some new friends.

Jameson Distillery

Taking a tour of the Jameson Distillery was a great way to spend an afternoon. The details of the old distillery building are beautiful and you learn the interesting history and process of how the famous whiskey is made. Unfortunately, since the whiskey is no longer made in the Dublin building as it is now made in Cork, you won’t get a glimpse of where the whiskey is actually made today.

Jameson Distillery, Dublin, Ireland Jameson Distillery, Dublin, Ireland

The tour starts off with a short film giving an introduction to the history of the distillery and it tells you a bit about Jameson himself. Next you are whisked through a guided tour of the museum where you will see how the whiskey is made through room after room of displays.

Jameson Distillery, Dublin, Ireland Jameson Distillery, Dublin, Ireland Jameson Distillery, Dublin, Ireland

During the tour, when the guide asks for volunteers, make sure to raise your hand if you want to become a certified Jameson taster. Once the tour is over, you will head into the bar for a taste of Jameson–if you volunteered earlier in the tour, it is here that you will get to taste test the Jameson whiskey and compare it to two other whiskeys. If you did not volunteer, you will still get to enjoy a drink of Jameson while you watch the testers do their job. For anyone wanting more of the distillery and not quite ready to leave, there is also a restaurant, bar and gift shop for you to enjoy as well.

Jameson Distillery, Dublin, Ireland Jameson Distillery, Dublin, Ireland

Guinness Storehouse

We visited the Guinness Storehouse as part of the TBEX travel conference opening night party, so we didn’t get a complete view of how the place looks in full operation, but we did still get to explore the storehouse and enjoy the fun that is offered to everyone on a regular day. The museum leads you through the ingredients and the craft of brewing Guinness and how it is advertised and transported around the world.

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One room is full of portraits that will speak to you and tell you bits of the Guinness story. After making your way through the history of the stout, you can learn how to properly taste Guinness in a room that will overload your senses. Crafting the perfect pint is another activity you can participate in if you so choose. You will learn how to pour the perfect pint–it definitely takes some talent and a lot of patience as you need to let the pint rest for 119.5 seconds about three quarters of the way through your pour. They have it down to a science and it’s not as easy as it looks!

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland

To cap off your visit, you can enjoy food in the cafe, possible live music, and spectacular views from the gorgeous Gravity Bar. My favorite part of the entire storehouse was the Gravity Bar as it gives you 360° views overlooking the city through floor to ceiling windows.

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland

The Irish House Party

Originally we bypassed this event when looking into activities for our time in Dublin, but knowing that we were sure to be exhausted on our last night in the city, we decided to check out more relaxing options in more detail. After stumbling across The Irish House Party again, we figured we might as well watch a little preview of the show to see what we thought. Well, I’m glad we did because we ended up getting drawn into the traditional Irish music and dancing and decided to sign up for an evening of great food, company and entertainment. The champion musicians created the show to revolt against the ‘cheesy’ music that was often played throughout Dublin, and created a show to showcase real traditional Irish music.

The evening started off with a traditional three course dinner–there were multiple options to choose from such as Beef and Guinness Stew, Irish Salmon or Herb Stuffed Fillet of Irish Chicken. We both ended up picking the chicken and it was delicious. After dinner, we walked across the street to the theater for the show. The stage was set up to resemble a living room with couches, lamps and bookshelves and the musicians sat around playing music, telling stories and step dancing the night away.

The Irish House Party, Dublin, Ireland The Irish House Party, Dublin, Ireland The Irish House Party, Dublin, Ireland

Temple Bar

Temple Bar is an area in Dublin that has been dubbed the cultural quarter of the city. With the cobblestone streets and plentiful pubs, restaurants, shops, and artistic culture, it’s easy to see how this area got its claim to fame.

Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

The last evening of the conference, we decided to head to Temple Bar for the evening with some of our friends before parting ways. We had such a fun evening listening to great, energetic music at The Quays Bar and The Porterhouse Brewing Company. The Porterhouse has such a fun atmosphere–it is a smaller building but rises up about 5 stories tall, and you can see the band by looking up or down through the middle of the staircase.

Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

Everywhere we went was completely packed, but I don’t think I’ve ever stood in crowds with such nice people! Instead of everyone just pushing their way through the crowd, we were met with never ending sorry’s and excuse me’s, and happy people every way we turned. It certainly made a packed house that much more pleasant, and proved once again just how nice the people of Ireland are. We can’t wait to go back and visit again!

Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

Have you ever been to Dublin?  What was your favorite thing to do?


We were guests of The Irish House Party, the Jameson Distillery, and the Guinness Storehouse in conjunction with TBEX and Fáilte Ireland. As always, all opinions are our own.

  • Jeff
    Posted at 18:39h, 23 January Reply

    I wish I was in Dublin for TBEX but I was there the year before and decided not to go back. It looks like you had a great time.
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  • Rachel
    Posted at 18:40h, 23 January Reply

    Wow! I’m not a drinker (way to much of a lightweight) but would love to visit Jameson Distillery. It looks gorgeous!
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  • Charli
    Posted at 18:51h, 23 January Reply

    Wow that looks like a seriously high tech brewery! Despite living so close I’ve never been to Dublin. It’s strange how we never seem to explore our own backyard!
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  • Anna
    Posted at 20:17h, 23 January Reply

    My boyfriend has a bottle with his name on it from the Jameson factory, definitely one of his prized possessions! I loved going out in temple bar!
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  • Kimmy
    Posted at 20:49h, 23 January Reply

    Hmm, I’m not much for beer or whiskey, but Drew is. I’m sure we will visit these places once we make it to Dublin. And I’m sure he will volunteer to be a tester, too. However, the Irish House Party sounds like something I would like!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 09:38h, 05 February Reply

      Yeah, we kept going back and forth on whether we should visit them or not, but I’m glad we ended up going. I almost volunteered just for the experience, but then remembered I don’t really like whiskey either, lol! The Irish House Party was a fun evening–we were happily surprised 🙂
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  • Karisa
    Posted at 18:31h, 27 January Reply

    This looks like such a fun way to spend time in Dublin. I used to be an Irish Dancer-I’d love to see that show 🙂
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  • Jessi
    Posted at 15:59h, 28 January Reply

    Dublin is a wonderful city, with no lack of pubs! We spent time at both Temple Bar and the Guiness Storehouse, but our favorite was the restaurant/pub The Brazen Head, which is Ireland’s oldest!
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  • Londoner Kate
    Posted at 01:35h, 29 January Reply

    I’m glad I’ve stumbled across this as I’m venturing there this weekend. I’ve booked a rural pub crawl and a walking tour in the Irish hills!
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  • Katherine Belarmino
    Posted at 16:14h, 11 April Reply

    We got to tour the Jameson Distillery in Cork, which was a lot of fun. We also toured Guinness. What I loved about traveling through Ireland was the debates over which is better, like Guinness or Murphy’s.
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  • Amy kmett
    Posted at 20:29h, 14 January Reply

    I was in Dublin back in 2008 and did the Jameson and Guiness tours… I only spent a weekend there with my cousin but we had the best time ever.. We loved both of them and then we also went to many different pubs on Saturday night… We did the tour of Dublin Castle also and it was so beautiful that I would love to go back and get to see more of Ireland. I was over in Europe for the month of May in 2008 since my cousin and her family lived in Germany I had a free place to stay and we traveled to Switzerland, France and many different places in Germany….. I love to travel and would love to do what you and your Hisband do!!! I definitely want to Key West one of these trips I take

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 04:03h, 21 January Reply

      So glad to hear you had a great time! Dublin is such a cool city. We didn’t do the tour of the castle, but would love to check it out sometime! That’s awesome to hear you had a free place to stay–that’s always such a big help! Happy travels 🙂
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