Pearse Lyons Distillery


Pearse Lyons Distillery is Dublin’s only independently, family-owned distillery. Located in the former St. James Church in the heart of Dublin’s Liberties, the award-winning distillery produces Pearse Irish Whiskey. Named after the late Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and whiskey innovator, the distillery opened its doors in 2017. Born from passion and family tradition, Pearse along with his wife Deirdre aspired to create a distillery like no other in Dublin. Paying homage to their ancestors, five generations of coopers in Dublin, the distillery experience takes you on an immersive journey where you discover and explore the art of Irish Whiskey distillation and the unique culture of The Liberties, Dublin. Known for its intimate tours and tasting experiences with local storytellers, we invite you to join us for the ultimate Irish Whiskey experience. Be one of a handful to meet and chat to our distillers and taste our range of limited editions and distillery exclusive whiskeys. Blend and bottle your own whiskey with our in-house experts and enjoy seasonal local produce which is paired beautifully with Pearse Irish Whiskey. Pearse Lyons Distillery was awarded a Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Award in 2020. Winner of Best Dublin Visitor Experience 2019 at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards, the distillery is a must-see when in Dublin. Pearse Whiskey is a multi-award-winning whiskey with Pearse Distiller’s Choice 7-year-old being awarded “Best Blended Whiskey in Ireland under 12-years” at the World Whiskies Awards for the last two consecutive years. With great knowledge and insight into the industry, Dr. Lyons began distilling in Ireland in 2012 to laydown spirit for the opening of Pearse Lyons Distillery. The stills, that now reside on the alter, were working away behind closed doors while Deirdre Lyons meticulously restored the former 18 Century St. James Church.

Current opening times

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday Closed


  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Paid Visit
  • Covid-19 Guidelines
  • Credit Card Accepted
  • Guided Tours
  • Guide Dogs Welcomed
  • Toilets
  • Food On Site
  • Wifi
  • Retail On Site
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Paper Ticket Accepted
  • Families
  • Distilleries & Breweries
  • Arts & Culture
  • Solo Visitors
  • Friends
  • Mature visitors
  • Historical
  • Please note that Pearse Lyons Distillery is closed until further notice subject to Government public health regulations
  • Fully guided tour of St. James's Church and surrounding 800-year-old graveyard
  • See the internal restoration of the 19th church, now a working distillery
  • Learn about the Lyons family history, The Liberties and The Golden Triangle
  • Smell, Touch and Taste the full distilling process
  • Learn how Pearse Irish Whiskey is distilled on site and chat with our distillers
  • Taste our award-winning Pearse Irish Whiskeys and Gin
  • Browse our gift shop for local, Irish crafts and Pearse Lyons Distillery souvenirs
  • On-street parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible tour throughout
  • Tea Room and light refreshments available on site
  • Interactive screens and video available in 7 different languages
  • Wear comfortable shoes and bring a rain coat or umbrella as you will be outside for part of your tour
Please contact Reception to reschedule your tour as soon as possible if you are unable to attend on your pre-booked tour.
  • A warm welcome from our friendly, knowledgeable team
  • Expect to spend about 60-90 minutes on your feet, walking and standing on tour
  • To take lots of pictures of our beautifully restored working distillery in our 19th century church
  • To learn a lot and leave with an appreciation of the fine craft of whiskey distilling
  • To enjoy tasty refreshments in our Tea Room
  • To want to come back and bring your friends!

Contact details

  • Pearse Lyons Distillery
  • 121-122 James’s Street
  • Dublin 8
  • Ireland