Today, Guinness officially announced details of a €16 million expansion plan which will see the iconic Gravity Bar double in size. With its spectacular unparalleled panoramic 360 degree views, Dublin city’s highest bar has proven to be a highlight for the 16.5 million people who have visited the Guinness Storehouse since it opened in 2000.
Housed in the heart of St. James’s Gate, the Guinness Storehouse was born from an ambitious plan to build a brand new ‘Home of Guinness’ with a €42 million redevelopment of the 113-year-old former fermentation plant.
The innovative plans involve the creation of a new 360 degree space, which will directly link to the original Gravity Bar forming a unique, spectacular, panoramic space, which can hold up to 500 people at any one time, doubling the current capacity.
Upon completion, the expansion will enhance the visitor experience, allowing the Guinness Storehouse to continue to provide a world-class tourism product, providing visitors with an immersive Guinness experience and a warm welcome to Dublin.
Subject to planning permission, it is hoped that construction will commence in 2018 and will welcome visitors by 2019. The Guinness Storehouse and existing Gravity Bar will remain open as normal during the proposed construction period.
In addition to the expanded Gravity Bar, the Guinness Storehouse Hub, a new facilities building, directly adjacent to the Guinness Storehouse building is also included in the plans. This three storey building will provide additional space for the Guinness Archives one of the world’s most remarkable archives, chronicling the history of Guinness over a long 257 years, along with retail storage and an employee hub.