81. The Gravity Bar, Guinness St. James Gate Brewery, Dublin, Ireland

Renowned health drink Guinness needs no introduction: you are on a beer site after all. The lovely stout is still brewed at the original brewery at St. James Gate, which is where you can find the Gravity Bar perched atop the brewhouse, thus offering the best views over Dublin. Available in over 100 countries, it unquestionably tastes better in Ireland.*


Less renowned is Guinness’s contribution to statistical theory: William Sealy Gosset devised the Student’s t-test in order to monitor quality, and the pseudonym was necessary under Guinness’s restrictive policy whereby their on-staff chemists were not allowed to publish their results.

I don’t like the inclusion of breweries with an admittance fee on this list; Gravity Bar is no exception and, as of writing, will cost you €16.50. Drinking beer on-site as it were is a brilliant experience; paying so much before you can even buy a pint is marring. It’s this kind of profiteering that should strike this ilk of bar off the list.

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Venue: 5/10

The best views in town. The interior is designed for functionality and corporate events; in truth, it’s rubbish. Always busy.

Beer: 5/10

Only varieties of Guinness are available- the Original and Foreign Extra are lovely though.

Worthy? If there was free admittance, probably.

Guinness has a long history, in both beer and statistics, and the views are great. But the entrance fee makes Gravity Bar a one-time place.


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