If you are wondering where you should go to celebrate America’s favorite Irish holiday, James Joyce is the place. Located on lower State Street, the Joyce will satisfy your need to celebrate your heritage or just drink enough to pretend you are Irish. This authentic Irish bar is open from 12 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. seven days a week.
The business has been open for over thirteen years and the owners are originally from Galway, Ireland. The namesake of the bar, James Joyce, is a famous Irish author. This novelist and poet was best known for his unique writing style and was considered one of the most influential writers of the early 20th century. This bar would make its’ namesake proud.
The bar sticks to a traditional Irish setup with 20 ounce pints and more whiskey than one could possibly drink in a night. They have a wide variety of Irish whiskey, including four different types of Jameson, Middleton, Paddy’s, Clontarf, Connemara, Bushmills, Red Breast, Powers, and Michael Collins. They also have an extensive list of draft beers, including Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Fat Tire, Sierra Nevada, Harp, Stella, Firestone, Widermer and of course the all time favorite and Irish bar staple — Guinness. The bar also offers a hard Wyders Cider. By bartender recommendation, mix the Guinness with the Wyders Cider and you will get a drink that is called the Black Velvet. The Guinness sits nicely on the top, with the cider on the bottom, giving not only a good tasting drink but a nice one to look at.
James Joyce has a happy hour from 3-6 p.m. during which they offer $5 pints of Guinness, $4 other pints and well drinks including Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas and Irish Coffee. Buckets of peanuts you can chuck on the floor and a gigantic brick fireplace create the Joyce’s homey and casual environment. The bar also has free darts as well as $1
pool and a big TV James Joyce has a music program setup for every nigh of the week. Sunday is traditiona Irish music night; Monda is karaoke; Tuesday is live music from the Pick Ups and other local bands; Wednesday is Brian Kinsella’s open mike night; Thursday through Saturday James Joyce showcases their three regular bands: Pryor Baird and the Deacons, Kinsella Band, and the pride and joy of the Joyce, Ulysses. Ulysses has been performing at the bar for the last twelve years! Check them out on YouTube for a quick preview and then head down to James Joyce for the real deal.