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STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY MADELEINE BEST HENN
The perfect pint of Guiness at The Gravity Bar as seen in American Public House Review
NOREEN YUN AND MARIE HART ENJOY A STOUT AT THE SOURCE
Dublin, Ireland from The Gravity Bar as seen in American Public House Review
THE GRAVITY BAR  OFFERS A SUPERB VIEW OF DUBLIN'S ROOFTOPS

In April,’08, I realized a dream come true by visiting Ireland, the land of my rather distant but nevertheless revered and certainly romanticized ancestors. My first day included a whirlwind tour of Dublin, the National Gallery and the GUINNESS STOREHOUSE which is what the company calls their brewery headquarters. By the time I reached the Guinness compound I was more than a bit jet-lagged and jittery so I cut the tour of Guinness brewing history short and took the elevator to the ninth floor to the famous circular GRAVITY BAR eager to collect my complimentary pint. Gravity is a large open space filled with people from all over the world, buzzing around the very functional and centrally-located bar area like bees buzz around melted ice-cream on a summer side-walk. There are small tables positioned around the perimeter so patrons can enjoy spectacular views of sky-scraper-less Dublin-town.

Storm clouds over Dublin from the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse as seen from American Public House Review
A STORM FORMS AND PASSES FASTER THAN SEAMUS CAN POUR A PINT
The words of James Joyce etched into the glass of The Gravity Bar as seen in American Public House Review
JAMES JOYCE QUOTES ARE ETCHED INTO THE WINDOWS

Guinness sign as seen in American Public House RerviewQuotes etched into the windows from such classic Joycean works as “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” and the “Dubliners” draw the eye to famous Dublin land-marks like the Wellington monument, St Stephen’s Green and Trinity College.  Though lack-luster and long-ago, my English-major credentials were savvy enough to register a respectful pause.

Against the back-drop of the Wicklow Mountains, I watched the sky turn from clear blue to a  cloudy, menacing hail-storm, then back to sunny again all in a ten-minute span. An unflappable bar-tender, not-surprisingly named, Seamus poured me the perfect, shamrock-topped pint which I downed with appropriate Irish-American alacrity. Now a pint of Guinness Stout is always good, but when it comes complimentary, as part of your tour it borders on greatness. I’d have gladly paid for a second but the pressures of tour life prevailed. We were off to the north in the morning and I needed a clear head to fully appreciate the sights I had signed up to see.  No worries. It seems they do serve Guinness in
Derry.
                                                                                                                                          GUINNESS SIGN PHOTO BY CHRIS POH




GUINNESS STOREHOUSE

ST. JAME'S GATE
DUBLIN 8

+ 353 1 408 4800

WEBSITE:
www.guinness-storehouse.com

EMAIL:
guinness-storehouse@guinness.com


                                          
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Madeleine Best Henn, contributing editor of American Public House ReviewMADELEINE BEST HENN was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from La Salle University with a degree in English and a passion for the literature, landscape, and history of Ireland and the British Isles. She also indulged an interest in the well-being of the human psyche and went on to earn a nursing degree from Holy Family College.  Along with free-lance writing, she is employed as a psychiatric nurse and a mental health program administrator. Madeleine is a wife and mother; she is suitably proud of her own Irish heritage and currently resides in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
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