Guinness, Airbnb offer Dublin brewery bar for 1 night only

The sun rises over Dublin Bay, as viewed through Guinness’ planned penthouse suite atop their brewery in Dublin, Ireland.

DUBLIN (AP) — Guinness is inviting its first sleepover guest in the Dublin brewery’s 258-year history — by transforming its rooftop bar into a penthouse with the city’s most panoramic view.

The maker of Ireland’s ubiquitous stout announced Monday it’s hosting the latest “Night At” event by Airbnb, which has staged one-night-only accommodations in an ever-growing menu of eccentric locales, including a shark tank, the top of an Olympic ski jump and a Transylvanian castle replete with coffin beds.

The successful Guinness contestant must describe online in 200 characters or fewer — or 300 characters in Chinese or Korean — why they’re the world’s biggest fan of the beer.

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The prize for the winner and a guest includes flights to Dublin, a butler, a tour of brewery features off limits to visitors, a six-course meal overseen by Guinness’ head chef, and an opportunity after breakfast the next day to help the senior brewmaster make a batch of the roasted barley-darkened drink.

The Associated Press received advance viewing of the bespoke apartment being created for the winner April 24 in the brewery’s top-floor Gravity Bar, which features 360-degree views of Dublin via floor-to-ceiling glass panels. The bar, one of the highest points in Dublin’s skyline, usually represents the pint-in-hand finish line for more than 1.6 million visitors annually to the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s top tourist attraction.

—Enda Cavanagh / Enda Cavanagh Photography via AP

Irish interior designer Graham O’Donnell, responsible for many of Ireland’s most artistic pubs and hotel bars, was brought on board to convert the Gravity — normally a packed standing-room-only affair with little furniture besides barstools — into a VIP residence.

His creation features a round bed that looks like a creamy-topped pint of the black stuff, a branded pool table, a plush living room with TV, an antique telescope for examining Dublin in more detail, and an assortment of Guinness artifacts from brewery archives.

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The butler won’t permit any all-night partying, though. Beer taps must be disconnected at closing time, because the bar remains subject to Ireland’s alcohol licensing laws.

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