James Joyce Irish Pub

Irish Pub$$$$
Brightleaf, Durham
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  • Has a stamp of approval from Men's Health Mag and The News & Observer
    • Men's Health Mag
    • The News & Observer
  • Cristina W.
    "Come swing by and share a pitcher on Tuesdays for some trivia @ 9pm!"(3 Tips)
    The News & Observer
    "Order one of the current Irish beers on tap."(2 Tips)
    Gabriela L.
    "Best whiskey sour around and the staff are pretty awesome"(2 Tips)
    Travis M.
    "Great place to sit on the back patio and watch someone perform"(2 Tips)
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  • Mark
    Mark3 weeks ago
    Been here 5+ times
    We are here on Stout night . Beer is wonderful. Irish Stew is to die for
  • Carlos M.
    Carlos MApril 21
    Awesome trivia on Tuesdays, but it can get pretty cramped inside. Great selection of beers
  • Allicat22 W.
    Allicat22 WFebruary 19, 2016
    Great Durham Toddy, but don't sit near the windows up front it's freezing in winter!
  • Marion
    MarionNovember 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Your best bet for a solid whiskey sour.
  • Joe P.
    Joe PSeptember 9, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Service is excellent here my bartender even turned the fryers on to make me late night food!
  • Travis M.
    Travis MurphyAugust 9, 2014
    Great place to sit on the back patio and watch someone perform
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KyleJanuary 27, 2014
    hot toddys with are a great way to warm up!
  • Billy W.
    Billy WatlingtonSeptember 7, 2013
    Great Atmosphere!
  • Amy J.
    Amy JacksonAugust 29, 2013
    Head out back if the weather is good!
  • Francine S.
    Francine StefanAugust 23, 2013
    The back patio is great on late summer nights!
  • Tony F.
    Tony FoldenAugust 20, 2013
    Fish & Chips: tasty, but too much garlic.
  • Maxie H.
    Maxie Hipps-FiggsJune 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    All of the employees are Irish according to website......so not true, lol.
  • Gabriela L.
    Gabriela LambourgMay 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best whiskey sour around and the staff are pretty awesome
  • The News & Observer
    The Pub owners boast their authenticness, all of the employees are Irish right down to the kitchen staff. Order one of the current Irish beers on tap. Read more
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BashamMay 1, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    There is always a drunk Asian girl that sings Biggie... Be on the look out
  • Roger H.
    Roger HarrisApril 9, 2012
    Great beer! But food can vary from so-so to very good (choose carefully!). Mostly this is a stop for an authentic imtimate pub atmosphere.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 17, 2011
    Feed your growing bones with a shepherd's pie or (heck, and) some Guinness Beef Stew. You'll have the base you need to survive a long night of hard drinking here. To drink? Go for Smithwick's.
  • Barrett P.
    Barrett PowellJune 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great quaint atmosphere, good list of beers, fkdakdkadkfriendlystaffstastaff. Sunday mornings are standing "Biker Breakfast" meetings every Sunday from 9:30 am til. Things usually get cranked up at 10 Read more
  • Barrett P.
    Barrett PowellJune 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great quaint atmosphere, good list of beers, friendly staff. Sunday mornings are standing "Biker Breakfast" meetings every Sunday from 9:30 am til. Things usually get cranked up at 10:00 am. Read more
  • Shazan J.
    Shazan JiwaMarch 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go on Tuesday for trivia night... Come early and grab a good table so you won't have to deal with the crowds
  • Cristina W.
    Cristina W-NFebruary 23, 2011
    Come swing by and share a pitcher on Tuesdays for some trivia @ 9pm!
  • Brandon
    BrandonOctober 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Brandon is the new bartender, check him out!!
  • Duke Chronicle
    Duke ChronicleAugust 13, 2010
    Places such as the James Joyce were formerly choked with the haze of cigarette smoke. Smoking is now banned in all restaurants and bars in the city. Read more
  • Ben B.
    Ben BerkowitzAugust 5, 2010
    Such great food and atmosphere.
  • Dawn
    DawnMay 27, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The Bog Burger is killer. Also you can ask for curry with your fries...delish!
  • Mark T.
    Mark TraphagenMay 20, 2010
    The Gaelic Burger - I don't know what they mix into the beef, but it is spectacular!
  • Dave S.
    Dave ShepleyApril 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Owen is one of the best bartenders n Durham. Shepherds Pie is amazing.
  • Dan R.
    Dan RomeroApril 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Samuel Beckett is the best Irish writer. That said, win pub quiz on Tuesdays. (And don't cheat with your smartphone.)
  • Jasmin E.
    Jasmin EsquivelMarch 19, 2010
    Jerk chicken sandwhich is delicious!
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LJanuary 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Open mic on Sundays at 10pm
  • Emilia D.
    Emilia DiamantNovember 25, 2009
    make friends with the guys in the kitchen. if you speak Spanish, they'll give you free food. buy them a beer to be a friend for life.
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