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James Joyce Irish Pub

#110 of 2,996 Restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
Downtown
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114 8 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
(403) 262-0708
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Today
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am

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Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Always a good meal

Every time we come here we have had excellent food. Its a nice atmosphere, and a great location. Stew, soups and salads are usually what we have and you can't go wrong

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
Scubeedoo
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calgary,alberta
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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169 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
calgary,alberta
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Every time we come here we have had excellent food. Its a nice atmosphere, and a great location. Stew, soups and salads are usually what we have and you can't go wrong

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Canada
Top Contributor
432 reviews 432 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
270 helpful votes 270 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Haven't been here in years but thought we'd give it a try again. Still wonderful! The food, drinks and service are good. A great place to get together after work for a hearty meal.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Great bar. Friendly service. Good choice of Irish and other beers. Nice ambiance in converted bank. Good Irish welcoming atmosphere.

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Mid Sussex
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142 reviews 142 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Went here after watching the Calgary Flames beat up on the Vancouver Canucks this past Feb. 14. Had a nice time there after the game, even though the pub was inundated with Canucks fans. Fortunately they weren't that obnoxious as it would have spoiled a lovely evening. Go Flames!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Im from dublin and was delighted when I found the James Joyce, the staff are great(actual irish people working there) the quality of food is brilliant (particularly the fish and chips with a side of curry sauce)and best of all it the only pub in Calgary that serve real irish pints 20oz!!! All round good craic.

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Cochrane, Canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We hit the Joyce often and enjoy the pub food and taps. But the beer prices are getting too high, seriously $9 a beer for draft?

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Calgary, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Went for business lunch meeting on a Friday and was not impressed with food or service. The service was very inattentive, we were there close to two hours. Considering everything was a stew (which would have been prepared before-hand), this seems very odd. Meals ordered were the curry chicken stew wrapped in potato pancake, stew with pastry topping, stew, and... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Had a fantastic lunch date and drinks here. Was welcomed by a friendly hostess and we were seated in a beautiful front room with a warm fireplace a nice view of Stephen Ave. Watching the shoppers go by, I felt that we were in a pub in Dublin! Great ambiance and a beautiful bar! We ordered drinks that were delivered... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Went here with a very good friend for a catch up: our waitress (both of them- we stayed long), were outstandingly friendly and professional. We never had the feeling not being welcomed. The food and the drinks came fast and were simple, but delicious (garlic fries, yam fries and fried calamari). We loved very much the atmosphere-really warm, cozy and... More 

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Newry, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

While sightseeing in Calgary we came across this pub. Being from Ireland we tend to give these themed places a miss however on this occasion we were pleasantly surprised. The bar is long and has little snug areas which is nice if you want a separate area to meet up with friends. It is quite dark given the bar and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 114 8 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (403) 262-0708

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Irish, Pub
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?