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James Joyce Irish Pub

114 8 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Downtown)
(403) 262-0708
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Ranked #96 of 2,896 Restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Irish, Pub
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The service is always nice and the Guinness is always amazing. I have brought large groups and small, this place is one of the best. Service has been nothing short of wonderful.

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Avon, Connecticut
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Very good Irish food with great energy. The Irish classics of shepherd's pie and fish and chips were both well made and delicious. A full list of whiskey and beers on tap.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Thank you, Kendra, for your excellent service and positive energy. The food was fabulous, and I can't say that the Guiness on tap in Ireland was any better. A fun, amiable establishment that truly mirrors the spirit of the Irish.

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Dallas, Texas
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780 reviews 780 reviews
531 restaurant reviews
268 helpful votes 268 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Huge wings not the petite ones most bars serve not a lot of flavors but all done well. Large beer menu mostly Canadian beers not a lot of Irish choices on the menu. We had wings and the bison burger everything was great plenty of tvs and beautiful faces to occupy your time with during your visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My friends and I went here for a taste and reminder of when we all lived in Ireland. It was a nice place with wooden interiors that definitely set the scene. We sat out on the nice sunny patio for a few pints before eating. Sadly my first two choices from the menu were sold out for the day, but... More

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Calgary
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Completely indifferent towards this place. My first experience with this establishment was when I went here to apply for a job and I was told to come back after the lunch rush -- it was barely 1130am and there was absolutely no one in the restaurant. I revisited the place again the other day and it was mediocre. I was... More

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Toronto
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We had lunch here on the July 1st holiday. Three fish and chips and one steak and mushroom pie were devoured in minutes! Great beers on tap and delicious cocktails. A definite must while visiting downtown Calgary.

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Mercersburg, PA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant was a very pleasant surprise. It was awkward getting seated - something simple seemed life an adventure. From there on, the service was great and the food was very good. We had traditional Irish fare and they have a wide selection of beers on tap. We'd go there again any time.

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Toronto, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

We attended an event at this pub. They put on a great authentic Irish carvery complete with roasted ham. The staff are wonderful and looked after everyone very well.

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London, United Kingdom
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106 reviews 106 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Little family run bar in downtown Calgary. We ate here (lunch one day, dinner another) and drank here a couple of times. Food is very good, however the beef burger that i had as dinner one evening was a little on the dry side. But did manage to eat it. Wouldnt stop me from coming back though.

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