If you live for dark draughts and always dreamed of being Charlie (of chocolate factory fame), your wildest fantasies are about to come true. Your Willy Wonka is Arthur Guinness, founder of the Guinness brewery, where you could soon spend a night thanks to Airbnb.
The one-night-only sleepover, set for April 24, is part of Airbnb’s “Night At” series, a string of competitions that has gifted winners overnights in unique locales like Dracula’s castle, the Paris catacombs, and a shark tank.
For this contest, the famous Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse will be transformed into a loft fit for Arthur himself (if Arthur were a Bond villain or a billionaire playboy). The stout-steeped space will be decked out in a mix of contemporary Irish craft furniture and original artifacts from the Guinness Archives – including a “perfect pint”-shaped bed, Sonos speakers, a pool table, life-sized Jenga, a private butler, a Guinness tasting bar, a giant telescope, and a 360-degree panoramic view of Dublin.
The winner of the once in a lifetime experience for Guinness fans and beer aficionados will be greeted by Domhnall Marnell, Guinness Storehouse Beer Specialist, before being handed the keys to the Guinness Storehouse. Their journey begins with rare access into the heart of the legendary St. James’s Gate Brewery, the production site that has been home to the Guinness Brewery since 1759, and Arthur Guinness’s Thomas Street home.
After the tour, the winner will learn to pour the perfect pint and explore the wonderful world of Guinness advertising from the Gravity bar. Next up is a visit from Beer Specialist and Executive Chef Justin O’Connor, who will serve up 6-courses from a Guinness-inspired menu.
The experience ends the following morning, with a crash course in the basics of brewing from Brewer Peter Simpson and one last glance at Dublin from your toucan perch above it all.
To enter the contest, visit the Airbnb listing and answer the question: ‘What makes you the world’s biggest Guinness fan?’ The competition closes on 22nd March and the prize can be redeemed on 24th April only.