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James Joyce Irish Pub

#115 of 2,968 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 - 2:00 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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

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  • 46
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  • 72
    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
Feels like home.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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165 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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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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5 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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25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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30 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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Park City, Utah
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76 reviews 76 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Had the lamb burger which was great. Worth getting again. One of our group had the shepard 's pie and had great reviews. The Guiness float was not what was expected - more of a milk shake. Onion rings very good but calamari was just ok. Great beer selection. Service was good. Cool pub environment. Worth a repeat visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I really loved their steak. Excellently well done with Beets. Very nice ambience and a good chill spot for one and a party

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We stopped there for lunch while seeing the downtown area of Calgary. There were three of us. We ordered the chicken burger with apples and chutney and many French fries; potato pancakes with vegetables; and chicken curry boxty. Each was great in its own way.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Not too impressed with being moved around because of "reserved" tables. The so called customers didn't even show! Still the best Guinness in town

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