The Guinness Storehouse has announced details of a €16m expansion plan, which will see the top floor Gravity Bar double in size.
The Gravity Bar is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, and has attracted 16.5m visitors since opening in 2000. Being the highest bar in Dublin, it provides an unparalleled 360 degrees view over the city.
Subject to planning permission, it is hoped that construction will commence in 2018 and will welcome visitors by 2019.
The plans announced today involve the creation of a new 360 degree space, which will directly link to the original Gravity Bar forming a unique panoramic space, which can hold up to 500 people at any one time, doubling the current capacity. The Storehouse and existing Gravity Bar will remain open as normal during the construction period.
In addition to the expanded Gravity Bar, the Guinness Storehouse Hub, a new facilities building, directly adjacent to the Storehouse building, is also included in the plans. This three storey building will provide additional space for the Guinness Archives, along with retail storage and an employee hub.
The €16 million investment follows the announcement earlier this year of the launch of new premium blended Irish whiskey, Roe & Co., in the former Power Station at St. James’s Gate. The total project investment for Roe & Co is planned at €25 million over three years.
Speaking at the announcement, Paul Carty, Managing Director, Guinness Storehouse said: “The Guinness Storehouse has become part of Dublin. It is the number one visitor attraction, and is a must-see and must-do experience. Staying ahead of the game, innovating and constantly investing has enabled us to provide a world-class experience of one of Ireland’s most iconic brands with huge international demand.”