The Gravity Bar, resting on top of the Guinness Storehouse, is set for an ambitious extension thanks to an investment of €16 million which was announced yesterday and which will see the iconic venue doubling its size.
Completion of the project is scheduled for 2019 and the bar, known for its privileged views of Dublin City, will go from a capacity of 250 to 550 people and it will feature a new 360 space connected to the original bar. The works will begin early next year and the existing Gravity Bar will remain open while the construction progresses.
The investment will also serve to update other features, including a new facilities building planned for the Guinness Storehouse Hub, nest to the Storehouse, which will provide space for the Guinness archives.
It is estimated that 250 jobs will be created once the expansion is completed. Paul Kelly, Fáilte Ireland’s CEO, said: “This is a very exciting development for tourism in Dublin and a great vote of confidence in the future of the tourism sector from the Storehouse and Diageo.”
He added that The Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular attractions in the country and “an iconic destination” favoured by most people visiting Dublin.
The announcement comes at a time when new breweries and distilleries continue to open in Dublin 8. The Guinness Storehouse opened in 2000 and last year, it welcomed over 1.6 million visitors. The decision to expand the Gravity comes after receiving feedback as the bar, which is the final point of the visit to the Storehouse, gets quite crowded, specially during peak season.
More information: guinness-storehouse.com