About Us

Irish Owned, Irish Operated

A place to wine, a place to dine

How it all came to be…

The Currans are the Irish-born proprietors of the James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant in downtown Calgary. Anne and Gerard Curran came to Canada in 1979. In 1991 Gerard began dreaming of opening up an authentic Irish Pub in Canada and by 1997 he was able to put his concept to work.

Aptly named The James Joyce, after the celebrated Irish author, this Irish pub is located Downtown in the old Molson’s (TD) Bank building at 114 – 8th Avenue S.W.

The pub was created with a focus on staying true to the tradition of authentic pubs in Ireland. The Curran’s collected hundreds of artifacts from Ireland’s history, from Anne’s childhood school books to her Grandad’s penny-farthing bicycle to vintage beer and whiskey ads, in order to make every wall in The James Joyce a wonder to behold.

Serving delicious food and the finest drinks in this unique environment, The James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant is a treat for tourists and locals alike.


Contact Us


James Joyce Pub

403 262 0708

114 8th Avenue S.W. (Stephen’s Avenue)
Calgary, Alberta Canada | T2P 1B3


Monday: 11am-1am

Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-2am

Sunday: 11am-12am

Open for BRUNCH:

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 2pm

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Select your seats & book now

We will confirm your reservation via E-Mail

We Do NOT take reservations for St Patrick’s Day.

Please Call or Email us for details for the Best St Patrick’s Day party in Calgary!!

At James Joyce Pub we can accommodate any type of function from small gatherings to large events.
Please complete our online form or email us directly with any questions or concerns.

Reservation by Phone

Prefer to make your reservation via phone? Give us a call! You can contact us starting at 8am everyday of the week.
Our Phone number is 403 262 0708

Opening hours:

Mon 11am – 1am
Tues – Sat 11am – 2am
Sun 11am – 12am

Word on the street…

Authentic, delicious, and a real experience!

Was greeted by the owner who is from Ireland and felt like I was in Dublin from the moment I arrived! They pour a proper pint of Guinness and their fish and chips are battered perfectly – all fish with a thin crispy crust. Try their apple kale salad for a healthy side option. My other favorites include Irish potato nachos, Ploughman’s lunch, Irish Stew, and their lamb burger. Highly recommended!

-Melissa R

I rarely write reviews or rate venues but this place is simply superb!

First time here and this place is amazing! Everything is great from the ambiance, service, and drinks. The food selection stands out as the menu is quite unique and simply delicious! Would definitely recommend this place to people.

-Jerome LL

Excellent and delicious food. Great staff service. A good variety of On Tap, and a large selection of Whiskey, Whisky, and Scotch.
There is an alfresco (patio) area outside on street level, that is well covered should it be a bright and sunny, or cloudy and rainy day. Definitely recommend.

-Eoin A

We came here as a first visit on vacation.  Really great service – excellent food and a relaxed holiday atmosphere.  Will come again. Between us we enjoyed a well “pulled” pint of Guinness &  – Irish coffee.  My husband had the shepherd’s pie which was served hot and was very tasty.  I had a black bean burger – which had a nice spicy “kick”  they offered gluten free option to their burger buns and were also happy to switch out for salad.

-Allison M