Irish owned and operated
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 Irelands 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.
The entrance features an authentic tin ceiling with elaborate Victorian light fixtures and an original hand laid mosaic tiled floor. The rich mahogany of the Victorian Bar compliments the turn of the century plate glass mirrors and the ornate stained glass which separates the different snug areas. All this is complimented by original works of Celtic art and craftsmanship by local Irish artists and designers.
There are four key elements which make this pub special: pub design and the ambiance it creates, friendly, efficient bar staff -the Irish are renowned for their humour, the unique appeal of hearty Irish food and drink, and Irish music.
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.