Guinness given go ahead for €16m extension

Guinness ahead €16m extension dublin city council Gravity Bar

Dublin City Council has granted planning permission for an extension at the Guinness Storehouse, which will allow the famous Gravity Bar hold 500 people at a time.

The €16 million redevelopment plan was announced at the start of the summer and once completed the company are hoping to add an extra 250 staff to the Storehouse.

As well as the creation of a new 360 degree space which will directly link to the original Gravity Bar there will be a new three story facilities building that will provide extra space for the Guinness archives, retail storage and an employee hub.

Guinness ahead €16m extension dublin city council Gravity Bar
18/5/2011 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh pictured receiving a pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse on their State Visit to Ireland. Pic Photocall Ireland

The Gravity Bar, one of tourists’ favourite Irish attractions, will be able to remain open while the works are completed.

The Storehouse has had almost 16.5 million visitors, including Queen Elizabeth and Barack Obama, since it opened in 2000.

The St James’s Gate site was Ireland’s most visited attraction in 2016, welcoming 1.6 million people which was a 10 per cent increase on 2015 figures.

Guinness ahead €16m extension dublin city council Gravity Bar
NO REPRO FEE. Wednesday 3rd April: Pictured here today is Tom Cruise at Guinness Storehouse, alongside fellow actor Olga Kurylenko and Guinness Master Brewer Fergal Murray. Cruise was in Dublin as part of his worldwide tour for his new movie ‘Oblivion’ which premiers in Dublin’s Savoy cinema this evening. He took the time out of his hectic schedule to see how Guinness is made, how to pour the perfect pint and to do a ‘windows tour of the city’ from the Gravity Bar. He even took the opportunity to start his own Brew, which will be specially shipped over to him once the brewing process has been completed. Photo: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland.

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