Day 3: To Jameson or not to Jameson? To Jameson!

So as you all know by now, day 3 had become our Taste-the-Drinks-of-Ireland day!

Moving on from The Guinness Storehouse, we made our way towards the Old Jameson Distillery on Bow Street (just off Smithfield Square). We were a bit too excited to be trying the famous Jameson Whiskey and finally seeing where it came from…Ireland and its pub culture seems to do this to you!

The old distillery is tucked away and very inconspicuous in its location. It wasn’t too hard to find, even after a pint or two of Guinness, but definitely pay attention to street signs and your map because you may just walk past it!

Again, we pre-purchased our tickets online, and this is what the Jameson website recommends as well. You get to choose what package you want, and they have several, and what time you want to do your tour. The regular price for an Adult walk in is¬†‚ā¨15.00 BUT if you purchase your tickets online in advance you get a 10% discount, making the ticket¬†‚ā¨13.50! A good deal in my opinion – seeing as you get a 50 min guided tour and it ends with a tasting of the famous whiskey itself.

The location itself is a museum, seeing as the actual distillery is now located in Cork, but this was the original site of Jameson Whiskey – when John Jameson set it up in 1780. The distillery continued to grow up to a whopping 5 acres in 1886, becoming a “city within a city.” The Whiskey business fell upon hard times after that point and underwent many changes to become what it has today!

This experience was very similar to the one we had at Guinness, the only difference is that here the tour is guided. Our guide was very enthusiastic and witty, keeping us interested at every turn. I won’t explain too much seeing as you get most of this info at the beginning of the tour!

Of course, you also get to know how the Whiskey is made, distilled and what the difference is between a double¬†or triple distilled product! And oh, what a difference it makes ūüėČ

After going through the different levels of the historical building and seeing all the different steps of making Jameson, we came to the end of our tour: the tasting! We were given three options and told to take a guess as to what brand of Whiskey/Whisky each one was:

I am not quite a whiskey drinker myself, but strangely enough of all the three samples,¬†the only one that appealed to me was the Jameson! If you’ve never tasted it before, the best way to describe it from my perspective is that it is a bit smoother than other whiskeys and it has less of an oaky-wood aftertaste.

After learning the difference between Jameson and other whiskeys, we also got a chance to enjoy a¬†final tasting. At the bar, you¬†can either get a Jameson on the rocks OR you can get a “Jameson, Ginger and Lime“. We… opted for the Gingerale and we were pleasantly surprised! I loved it! It definitely became a drink of choice on this trip.

In the end, after enjoying our last drink and being a bit giddy after all the Guinness and Jameson we drank that day, we came to the gift shop and, boy, does it have a lot to offer! You can choose to take away just a tasting of different Jameson Whiskeys or if you want something a bit more personalized, you can even hand fill your own bottle of the Jameson Select Reserve Cask Strength Black Barrel to keep as a memento! You even get to go down in the history books by logging your personalized bottle in the official ledger!

Overall, the Jameson experience was great and another definite recommendation for anyone travelling to Dublin. And, of course, if you are in Cork, consider visiting the actual¬†Jameson Distillery, where Jameson Whiskey is being made to this date! We didn’t have a stop in Cork on this trip, but next time – for sure!

Having successfully accomplished what we set out to accomplish on day 3, we¬†made our way back towards¬†Temple Bar and finished some last minute shopping. We returned to Grafton Street and I made my last purchase at the Disney Store¬†(I couldn’t help myself):

For¬†our last dinner in Dublin (or what we thought would be our last – more to come on this ūüėČ ), we really REALLY wanted to go to O’Neill’s Bar and Restaurant on Suffolk Street but it was packed! Granted, it was a Friday night… There was not one seat available throughout all the levels of that place! It was insane! Sadly, we decided to leave and instead just had some warm takeaway and finished the last of our cheese and crackers from the night before!

We were incredibly sad that it was our last night in Dublin. Especially since there was still so much of this lively, vibrant city that we didn’t have the chance to explore yet! At least we definitely have a reason to come back again soon!

You might be wondering Рwhy the early night? Especially on a Friday and for our last night in Dublin?!?! Well, we had to be up bright and early (and packed!) the following morning for our next adventure! We were excited to be embarking on our Shamrocker Adventures tour!! Day 4 brings the first day of our All Ireland Rocker Tour!!!

Stay tuned!

From Vancouver with Love,

Ioana and Natalie


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Day 3: A pint…or 2 of Guinness!

I must say that I was a bit more excited for Day 3 to come along than any other day so far in Dublin. Day 3 was our introduction to the most well known alcoholic beverages Ireland has to offer: Guinness and Jameson Whiskey!

And our first stop was the Guinness Storehouse!

We chose to be early birds and go to the Storehouse before 11:00am because of a special online price and because we wanted to beat the crowds. Regular tickets are ‚ā¨20 per person, if you purchase at the Storehouse itself. If you do this, you risk waiting in a long line up, depending on what time of day you go, of course, and wasting precious time that you could be using to explore the Storehouse!

On our way to Guinness

If you purchase tickets online, you have a choice between purchasing a regular ticket or an early bird ticket. The regular tickets are discounted 10%, so they are ‚ā¨18. ¬†The early bird tickets, which we opted for, were a lovely discounted price of ‚ā¨14.40! They have to be redeemed before 11:30am, but for us this was perfect because we ended up spending a few hours in the Storehouse. We definitely recommend getting there early. With this online¬†ticket, you also get to¬†enter through¬†the fast track queue and, of course, a complimentary pint of Guinness!

The Guinness Storehouse Gates

*Disclaimer: At this time, we aren’t sure if these early bird tickets were summer only deals. Visiting¬†the Guinness Storehouse website right now, there are no early bird tickets available. Even so, we recommend purchasing your tickets online!*

So Day 3 started with a brisk walk to the Guinness Storehouse! As we mentioned before, we were staying at Barnacles Hostel in Temple Bar and so our walk to Guinness wasn’t supposed to take long, approximately 24 minutes to be exact, according to google maps. Lo and behold, we missed a left turn and after going down a hill, climbing back up a hill and finally seeing the signs on the road – we found our destination!

The Storehouse itself is built inside the St. James Gate Brewery and is 7 levels worth of interactive Guinness history intertwined with that of Ireland. The brewery’s atrium and 7 levels make up the world’s largest pint glass!

7 Levels of Excellence

It’s actually architecturally amazing being able to see all 7 levels from the ground floor. In 1997, it was decided to turn the “Hop store” into¬†what is now the Storehouse. The¬†Storehouse itself was opened in its current form in 2000. Since then it has continued to transform into the building we see today.


Brewing Guinness ūüôā

Each of the 7 levels has a piece of Guinness history. I won’t go into intense details of what the 7 levels have to offer because you really have to experience it yourself. But we will give you some interesting tips on what is worth doing and what isn’t ;).

The 9000 Year Lease

On the first floor, you’ll be able to view the 9000 year lease that Arthur Guinness signed on the brewery site! It’s actually pretty amazing being immortalized in the floor of the Storehouse. From there on, you are given free rein to explore as you want!

You embark on a journey of how the Guinness is made, spending time learning about:

  • The Guinness brewing story on how Guinness is produced

What goes into making Guinness

Key Ingredient: Water

  • Arthur Guinness’ story and how Guinness was transported

Sir Arthur Guinness!

  • The unique art of Guinness advertising

One Advertising Campaign: Toucans!

Another Lovely Art Piece: Time for Guinness!

On top of this, you get a mini taste of Guinness, before your complimentary pint:

Then, you can either pour your own pint of Guinness or get a pint at the Gravity Bar!

We recommend going to the Guinness Academy and pouring your own pint! This way you learn how a proper pint is poured and will know how to pour your own from then on. You also get a certificate that you are a master at pouring Guinness. Definitely something worth putting on your resume ;).

The Guinness Academy

Also do not be afraid that if you pour your pint at the Academy, you have to drink it there. You are actually able to pour your own pint and then take it up to the Gravity Bar and marvel at the amazing views of Dublin.

View from the Rooftop Bar

After learning how to pour a¬†proper¬†pint of Guinness, we wandered up to the Gravity Bar. We were glad we poured our own pints because the bartenders were in such a hurry that they were clearly pouring the glasses quickly. People were also taking their pints before they had a chance to settle (you’ll know what this means once you get your certificate) not knowing that the pint wasn’t ready yet! So, we definitely recommend learning how to pour your own!


Carved pint of Guinness

Also, do not overlook the opportunity to take as many funny pictures as you can on the advertising floor. Guinness has some pretty famous and spectacular advertising campaigns and here you get a chance to meet some of their Guinness characters. Clearly we had no problem fooling around a bit:

Fooling around on the Advertising Floor

In terms of food, we decided to have lunch at the Brewer’s Dining Hall. We had a delicious soup and our first taste of Guinness bread. It was delicious – warm soup is always perfect for a cloudy day! Another recommendation when visiting.

Overall, we were so thrilled with our experience that we just had to buy some souvenirs from the not-so-tiny gift shop! We couldn’t believe how much Guinness merchandise they had, from shirts, hats, keychains and magnets to Guinness pint glasses, Guinness chocolate, Guinness chips and, of course, specialty beer only available here.¬†There really is something for everyone!

The Guinness Storehouse was one of the highlights of our trip! It was so much fun and it appeals to people of all ages! It definitely brought out the Irish in us ūüôā

Good bye Guinness ūüė¶

Now that we have visited the Guinness Storehouse, it was time to make our way to the Jameson Whiskey Distillery Museum!

Stay tuned for our next post and Ireland’s best known Whiskey!

From Vancouver with Love,

Ioana and Natalie

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