Dublin is known for its vibrant pub culture. At the heart of this culture are two things: beer and whisky. Some of the world’s most popular beer and whisky finds its home in Dublin, Jameson Irish Whisky and Guinness. Although Jameson is now distilled elsewhere in Ireland, both alcohols originated in Dublin and have spaces in the city for fans to tour. We did the Guinness tour and Jameson tour on the same day, and were somehow still able to stand after.
Here’s what you need to know before you go:
- Book both of these tours in advance online. During the low season, you can probably get in without an advanced booking.
- With a Jameson, the tour is guided, make sure you’re there on time.
- The Guinness tour is self guided, and therefore it is less important to be prompt.
- We did Jameson at 1:00 and Guinness at 4:00, there was plenty of time in between to stop in a pub and grab a bite to eat and a beer.
The Jameson distillery is no longer an active distillery, but is still open to tours. The Jameson tour is guided and comes with one drink (either a Jameson and ginger or Jameson neat), and a tasting of Irish Whisky, Bourbon, and Scotch.
The tour itself is very well executed. You travel from room to room with your guide and experience different videos, tastes, and smells in every room. The guides are very knowledgeable and friendly.
At the end of the tour, the bar is open for you to purchase an Irish Coffee or other Jameson based drinks. While we stuck to classics of hot whisky, whisky and apple cider, and Irish Coffee, there were other drinks on the menu that were creative and unique including a rhubarb sour.
The Guinness tour was was self guided and just like walking through a museum. The museum featured interesting facts about advertising history and other things that made Guinness unique. After going through the guided Jameson tour, it was kind of a let down to just walk through a museum. Two rooms, the white room and black room, two guided areas, stuck out the most. The white room gave us the opportunity to smell the different ingredients in Guinness, and the black room gave us the opportunity to taste it.
The Guinness tour came with one tasting small tasting and one full size Guinness in the Gravity bar. This bar is at the top of the Guinness storehouse and offers a 360 view of the city. The price of tour is worth it just for the view. Unfortunately, once you finish your complimentary Guinness, you are unable to purchase more in the Gravity bar, which feels like a missed opportunity to me.
If you can only choose one tour, choose Jameson. The small guided tour was more informative and interactive than just walking through the museum. The Jameson tour also gives you more bang for your buck with samples. It is also a better atmosphere to spend time in after the tour as you can keep drinking.
Have you done both? Which did you prefer? Comment or let us know directly!