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James Joyce

#1,045 of 3,319 Restaurants in Brussels
$, Irish,
Rue Archimede 34, Brussels 1000, Belgium
+32 471 62 05 80
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good44%
  • Average16%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“great pub” (2 reviews)
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Pub, Irish, Brew Pub
Rue Archimede 34, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

The James Joyce Pub is one of my favourite Irish pubs to visit on any holiday we take to Brussels,it's certainly one of the longest established Irish pubs in this city as it been around since the 1980's. The interior is cosy,great decor and furnishings...More

Thank Neil K
Reviewed 22 February 2018

Typical Irish bar in terms of its friendly nature, lots of sports if you are missing the game while away from home, relaxing and warm atmosphere

Thank Daveshent
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Found this place after having had dinner by accident when took a wrong turn, was very pleased we did, immediately welcomed with a warm conversation and brief of beers on offer. We said we would stay for one,but had 4,good company, relaxed and homely, will...More

Thank Daveshent
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Little bit pricy for some drinks, but friendly irish bar with nice and welcoming staff... Good plaxe to go after work.

Thank agrumlover2017
Reviewed 30 March 2017

And not a restaurant.!! Irish people go to pubs to drink - not to fanny about with pretentious menus, and 'gourmet' this that or the other, or 'soup of the moment' or 'artisan' whatever it is. We go to a pub to drink! James Joyce...More

2  Thank Decco105
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

My favourite local. Reasonably priced drinks, lovely staff and they let you order in pizza. Conveniently located by the Commission and a great place to watch sport of a weekend.

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Hasn't been for a while. A few years to be exact. And Steve the owner remembered by name! Always a nice touch. Can't be beaten! The only bar I'll go to in Belgium.

Thank levraimec
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Really popular with locals and visitors, this is a proper pub with no pretension that's its anything else than what it is - a pub!!!! There's no fancy kitchen (serving overpriced food to the EU bods on expenses), but what you receive is a super-friendly...More

1  Thank cmp9999
Reviewed 14 February 2017

V friendly and down-to-earth staff (probably what you expect...). Good draft and happy hour, show football. Highly recommended. Don't go opposite the street.

Thank MrBen2017
Reviewed 10 January 2017

spent a few days in Brussels, to the owner of this pub close your doors and think again. James Joyce would turn in his grave. None of your staff had any interest in serving us they were too busy talking to there friends or on...More

1  Thank john k
JessFitch, Public Relations Manager at James Joyce, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2017

Hi there, Really sorry to hear about your bad experience. The James Joyce prides itself on the friendliness of its staff and we have taken steps to ensure this is, and continues to be, the case in view of your complaint. Next time you're in...More

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Nik J
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Are you serious, toilets are down a narrow steep almost spiral staircase.
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Restaurant Details

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Pub, Irish, Brew Pub
After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
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Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 6:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 6:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rue Archimede 34, Brussels 1000, Belgium
  • Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Brussels
  • Phone Number: +32 471 62 05 80
  • E-mail
Brussels' original Irish Pub, the James Joyce first opened its doors in May 1989 and has continued to serve a wide variety of drinks and host numerous customers from across the world since. The James Joyce is a friendly, mostly English-speaking pub where newcomers to Brussels and especially to the EU quarter come to relax, watch their hometeam play sports, make new friends or talk football. The Joyce is the perfect location for your event, and hosts quizzes; parties; meetings; and other gatherings on a weekly basis. If you are interested, please get in touch with your friendly bartender, landlord and staunch Arsenal fan Steve Ray. At the James Joyce, you will make new international friends; enjoy Belgian beers; cheer on your favourite sports teams; and watch coverage of news/events/elections back home. Before you know it, it will feel be your new home from home - wherever you come from!
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