This past weekend, the fine people at Guinness were kind enough to invite us to St. James's Gate, their iconic, centuries-old brewing HQ in Dublin. For St. Patrick's Day weekend. If you ever find yourself in a similar position, we highly recommend doing the following 17 things in honor of March 17th. (1. Wear a funny hat. Preferably with built-in hair.)
2. Check out the view of Dublin from the Gravity Bar atop the Guinness Storehouse. Fine-looking city, no matter your sobriety level.
3. Get a lesson in how to pour the perfect pint from Guinness Master Brewer Fergal Murray. Hint: It takes 119.5 seconds.
4. Tour nearby Malahide Castle. It's home to lots of cool portraits and the oldest chair in Ireland. Which didn't look all that comfortable.
5. Savor the view from the coast. Note: water rather cold.
6. Meet the president of Ireland, Michael Higgins! When he gets a chance, he'd like to go to the East Village and have a coffee. Good call.
7. Sneak backstage of the parade and check out the prep. Swear to God, almost everyone in Ireland is 16 years old.
8. Stake out the best possible view of the samba dancers in the People's Parade.
9. Catch a ride on a bus going through the parade. People will think you're famous!
10. Listen to some bagpipe music. Duh.
11. Check out how strongly parade-goers embrace the green theme.
12. No, really.
13. Root for bands from the USA! Fifteen of them played the parade.
14. Enjoy the super-creative, larger-than-life-floats.
15. No, really.
16. Celebrate with the locals! They are a festive lot.
17. And some of them are pretty cute. Good craic!