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James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant


912 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 683-3022
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Photo of Augustus Remoulade Augustus Remoulade
Nov 19, 2023 5

Well, I don't know. Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out, and then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou. There was always a million sparkles on the water... like that mountain lake. It was so clear, it looked like there were two skies one on top of the other. And then in the desert, when the sun comes up, I couldn't tell where heaven stopped and the earth began. It's so beautiful.

Photo of Katerina Petrova Katerina Petrova
Oct 25, 2023 5

This Irish dive bar is so fun and cute. Meg was serving us and had amazing energy and was very attentive. Food was great as well. I got the avocado BLT and was impressed. They have vegan sweet potato burger too which is nice since my husband is vegan. I look forward to returning!

Photo of HarimHN HarimHN
Jul 7, 2023 4

Good little spot, good wings and the Main Street fries were really good. Good selection of cold beer.

Photo of Kris Howes Kris Howes
Jun 17, 2023 3

The food and the service were just okay. I def would have had a 2nd drink, but the servers never asked, and we were sitting at the bar, so we left after sitting there a while. The thing that killed the vibe we were looking for, was the cranked loud hip-hop music. Wasn't an Irish pub feel at all.

Photo of Kevin P Kevin P
Jun 2, 2023 5

Bartender was phenomenal, great conversation, and attentive service. Menu is well rounded. Atmosphere is warm and reminds me of pubs in Ireland. Back patio area is also an awesome addition.

Photo of Angela Rogers Angela Rogers
Apr 30, 2023 5

We have been coming here for years. The fish n chips, Gaelic burger and cheese curds are family favorites, but good food all around...great outdoor seating too!

Photo of Jay Miller Jay Miller
Apr 11, 2023 5

We walked from our hotel and had a nice dinner. The chicken cury was a delight, and the Gaelic Burger was outstanding. The muscles and fries were cooked to perfection. We sat outside, it was a nice day and all around a great experience. I would recommend this to anyone in the area, and the service was top notch. If you found this review helpful, please drop a 👍

Photo of Cliff Hopkins Cliff Hopkins
Feb 8, 2023 5

Came for the Bangers and Mash. Excellent! I tried my ladies steak and cheese sandwich. It was perfectly cooked and the bread was excellent. A true Irish pub, food furnishings. Just wish there was Irish music playing. The server was very friendly and accommodating. Will be back, coming to try the Irish Breakfast.

Photo of Bryan Fede Bryan Fede
Jan 16, 2023 5

For my money, there really isn't anywhere else that captures the spirit of Durham quite like the Joyce. Lots of great people, a nice patio out back, friendly bartender's, an eclectic crowd... What else could you want?

Photo of Ray Carlyon Ray Carlyon
Dec 25, 2022 5

We never had food,but we found the service great and the atmosphere was warm. I'm from the UK, I shall definitely visit again before I return home to the UK.