The Dublin Distillery Guide: 6 Whiskey Tours In Dublin Worth Your Hard Earned Cash

A Guide To The Best Whiskey Tours Dublin Has To Offer

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Photo left: Brian Morrison. Right: Failte Ireland (both via Ireland's Content Pool)

If you read our guide to the best whiskey distilleries in Ireland, you’ll probably recognise some of the Dublin distilleries mentioned below.

Ireland’s capital is home to several brilliant whiskey distilleries that have racked up excellent reviews online from both whiskey connoisseurs and novices.

The majority of Dublin’s Whiskey tours take you into a working distillery while some, like the Irish whiskey museum, take you on a unique and memorable whiskey tour.

In the guide below, you’ll find everything from the newer Dublin whiskey distilleries, like Roe & Co to the older spots, like the Jameson Distillery on Bow St.

The best whiskey distilleries in Dublin (that you can visit)

  1. Pearse Lyons Distillery
  2. Teeling Whiskey Distillery
  3. Roe & Co Distillery
  4. Jameson Distillery Bow St.
  5. The Dublin Liberties Distillery
  6. The Irish Whiskey Museum

1. Pearse Lyons Distillery

pearse lyons distillery tour
Photo via Pearse Lyons

The Pears Lyons distillery in Dublin is arguably one of the most unique whiskey distilleries in the world. 

It was founded by the late Pearse Lyons and the distillery is housed within the walls of an old church (the stained glass windows above should give you a sense of what to expect!).

Those that visit the Pears Lyons distillery on James St. can choose from for different tours (including a VIP tour, if you’re feeling fancy!).

2. Teeling Whiskey Distillery (one of the most popular whiskey distilleries in Dublin)

teelings whiskey distillery tour dublin
Photo via Teelings Whiskey on Facebook

The Teelings Distillery was, interestingly enough, the first new whiskey distillery in Dublin to be built for 125 when it launched a few years back. 

You’ll find it finely plonked in what’s known as Dublin’s ‘Golden Triangle’, which was once a historic distilling district at the heart of the city.

The Teeling’s distillery opened its doors to the public in 2015 and has since played a key part in Dublin’s vibrant whiskey revival.

Those that visit Teelings can join a tour and discover the history behind Walter Teeling’s original craft distillery (it was located on Marrowbone Lane).

3. Roe & Co Distillery

roe and coe dublin
Photo via Diageo

Diageo’s Roe & Co Distillery is the newest distillery in Dublin. I had a drink here at the end of last year and the place is insanely well kitted out.

Everything from the toilet to the seats at the bar feel plush, although the building has retained a nice rustic feel to it.

Those that visit can hear the story of George Roe (the legendary 19th-century whiskey pioneer) and dive into the golden era of Irish whiskey.

Related read: Check out our guide to 69 of the best things to do in Dublin at any time of the year.

4. Jameson Distillery Bow St.

jameson distillery dublin
Photo Rob Durston/Fáilte Ireland (via Ireland’s Content Pool)

Although Jameson moved the bulk of their operations down to Midleton in Cork in the late 1900s, the distillery on Bow St. is still open to locals and tourists alike.

This is the most visited whiskey tour in Dublin and its set inside the building that was opened by John Jameson way back in the late 1700s.

If you fancy nipping in here, the tours contain whiskey tasting (of course), some storytelling and a complimentary drink at the very swanky JJ’s Bar.

5. The Dublin Liberties Distillery

Dublin liberties distillery tour
Photo via the Dublin Liberties Distillery

The Dublin Liberties Distillery is set in a modern, state-of-the-art distillery on Mill St. where it’s home to one of the lesser-known whiskey tours in Dublin.

I’ve been hearing great things about this place for a while now. The visitor experience is said to be immersive and the guides, by all accounts, are excellent.

If you head off on the tour of this Dublin distillery you’ll discover the history of Dublin’s Liberties district and you’ll get an insight into the distilling process that takes place.

There’s also a cocktail bar on-site where you can round off your visit with a tipple that’ll tantalise the tastebuds.

Related read: Check out our guide to the most popular Irish drinks (from Irish stout and whiskey to Irish beers and plenty more).

6. The Irish Whiskey Museum

whiskey museum Dublin
Photo by Brian Morrison via Ireland’s Content Pool

I visited the Irish Whiskey Museum a couple of years ago as a going-away present for a friend. The tour was excellent, although there was a rowdy group of lads on it that disrupted it a bit. 

If you, like me, wouldn’t be the biggest fan of whiskey, the tour at the Irish Whiskey Museum in Dublin is a good way to ease yourself into it.

You’ll learn about the history of the drink from a very energetic guide and you’ll get to sample a number of different whiskies, which helps you get a gauge of what you like and what you don’t.

The one thing that this Dublin whiskey tour confirmed for me is that you’d have to beat me to get me to take a sip of peaty whiskey ever again…

What’s the best whiskey tour Dublin has to offer?

There are heaps of different whiskey distilleries in Dublin that you can drop into for a nosey around and a drink.

I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally missed some great ones in the guide above. If you’ve been on a whiskey tour in Dublin recently that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below.

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