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May 19, 2022

Drinking in Dublin

A city rich in history, Dublin is the birthplace of Irish whiskey and home to the iconic beer Guinness. Dublin has a vibrant party culture and many different guided tours of various distilleries and breweries. Let’s explore how you can enjoy your time drinking in Dublin.

The Dublin Party Culture

The Dublin party culture is known as being one of the best in the world. You can choose to visit a traditional pub, a craft beer pub, a cocktail bar, or you can party the night away in one of the many nightclubs.

According to the local laws, alcohol can be served until 11:30pm Sunday through Thursday and 12:30am on Friday and Saturday. Even though alcohol may no longer be served, many bars will stay open until 2:30am, and there may also be a few after-hour parties available.

The Drinking Age Limit

The legal drinking age limit in Ireland is 18 years of age. You may be asked to show proof of age when purchasing alcohol, when going to clubs and bars, or when booking distillery or brewery tours.

Children under the age of 18 are able to physically be in a pub until approximately 9:00pm, but they are not able to order or consume alcohol.

Whiskey And Brewery Guided Tours

There are many whiskey and brewery guided tours to explore and enjoy during your time in Dublin. Many of these tours book up quickly, so be sure to book in advance. Here are a few of the tour options available:

1. The Jameson Distillery Bow Street

The Bow Street experienceLink opens in a new tab is the flagship tour of the Jameson Distillery and has been praised as the “World’s Leading Distillery Tour” by the 25th World Travel Awards. During this multi-sensory experience at the birthplace of Jameson Irish Whiskey, you’ll receive a fully guided tour of the distillery and a comparative whiskey tasting.

If you’re looking to take a deeper dive into the craftsmanship and skill involved with blending whiskey, their Black Barrel Blending ClassLink opens in a new tab may be of interest. In this 90-minute master class you learn from a Jameson Craft Ambassador, taste premium whiskeys, and make your own individual whiskey blend that you can take home with you.

They also have a Whiskey Cocktail Making ClassLink opens in a new tab where a skilled Jameson bartender teaches you how to create three Jameson cocktails that you also get to enjoy. Who wouldn’t want to better their home-bartending skills? Not only will you be able to make delicious cocktails for your own enjoyment, but you’ll also be able to impress your friends.

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2. The Pearse Lyons Distillery

The Pearse Lyons Distillery is unique because it is a working distillery in a Church. There are a variety of tours and VIP experiences to suit your taste and budget. You can choose to take part in a public tour or a private tour. Because of the boutique nature of this distillery, even their public tours are kept to smaller admission group sizes so you can enjoy a more intimate and personal experience.

During their Distillery TourLink opens in a new tab you take a guided tour through a graveyard and learn the history of the St. James Church. You’ll also receive three samples from the Pearse Irish Whiskey offerings.

They also offer a Cocktail ExperienceLink opens in a new tab where you learn how to create modern cocktails, as well as a Food Pairing ExperienceLink opens in a new tab where four of the Pearse signature whiskeys are paired with a specialty food menu for your enjoyment.

3. Dublin’s Distillery Trail Tour

Want a luxury guided tour where you explore the beauty of the city and visit multiple distilleries? The Dublin’s Distillery Trail TourLink opens in a new tab may be for you. This tour meets at the James Fox Cigar & Whiskey Store before taking you to tour the facilities and experience whiskey tastings at the Pearse Lyons Distillery, the Teeling Whiskey Distillery, and the Dublin Liberties Distillery.

4. The Guinness Brewery Tour

Perhaps you enjoy beer more than whiskey? The Guinness Brewery Tour is a guided walking tour where you see where Guinness roasts their barley, as well as the 200-year-old vat houses where the beer is matured before being sent to market. A visit to the Guinness Open Gate Brewery is where you taste brews not yet on the market, and finally a visit to the Guinness Storehouse gives you a guided beer and food tasting. You also receive a gift to take home.

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