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Guinness Under the Sea

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Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse, like a lot of breweries, features a tour for those who want to learn more about beer and/ or want to drink in the middle of the day. It runs for around 12 euros and while otherwise being fairly standard (malt, hops, yeast, water) comes with one pretty major perk. At the end of the tour, participants get a free beer at the famous Gravity Bar.

At seven stories, the Gravity Bar sits above its surroundings (FYI, Dublin’s tallest building is Google Europe’s (GOOG) 15-storey headquarters) and provides a great panoramic view of the city. And, as mentioned, it’s a bar, so overall a trip there is a nice way to spend an afternoon.

Anyways, not content with selling beer in the skies above Dublin, Guinness recently moved to conquer another frontier. That’s right, the next place to get a heavy, Irish beer is under the sea (feel free to hum the Sealab theme song, I know I am).

Architecture firm Jump Studios recently completed work on the interior of the new Guinness deep-sea bar, set inside of a submarine. After winning a global competition, Evelyne Gridelet and two friends got a chance to drink beer at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

The sub’s design appears to be inspired by Austin Powers, or at least the 1960s, and features seats and tables sculpted into the shell of the submarine. The bar is covered in rubber disks, some contain LEDs, and some are cup-holders.

The bar is an operational submarine and meets fairly stringent safety requirements. To complete it, the architects had to “fit an object almost the size of the submarine inside it -- via two small hatches.”

Looks incredibly cool.

It’s common knowledge that Guinness tastes better in Ireland. Having lived, briefly, in Dublin, I’ll vouch for this. Science agrees.

Then again, it might be even better under water.
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