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Davy Byrnes

4.0 from 2 reviews
53.3417930603, -6.2594156265

21, Duke Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland

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+353 1 677 5217

Davy Byrnes is a landmark pub located just off Grafton Street. The Pub is steeped in history and is most famous for its affinity with James Joyce who was a regular visitor here and who wrote about the pub in his books 'Dubliners' and 'Ulysses'. The pub also serves food and is best known for its seafood dishes.

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2 Reviews

Davy Byrnes was first reviewed by Mike B. on 05 October 2009

Raters say we are...  historical, ulysses, dubliners, james joyce, pub

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Shelby C. Member since: September 2011 101 Reviews

Lives 2.64 km from Davy Byrnes


I waited patiently until Bloomsday to go here and can definitely understand why Leopold Bloom picked this moral pub for lunch. Even with the place full of Joyce fans in their "high grade ha"s spilling onto the streets, I still enjoyed the interior and atmosphere... as well as my generous gorgonzola sandwich and glass of Burgundy. I am not sure if it was worth the €12 I paid for it, but what else was I supposed to eat on the 16th of June?!

I'm sure on any other day this place would be a bit more calm, so I definitely recommend stopping in at least once for the "novel"ty. It's not the most fun or exciting place to grab a pint, but its worth bringing your Joycean friends to every now and then.

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2012

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Mike B. Member since: June 2008 456 Reviews Local hero

Lives 3.3 km from Davy Byrnes


This landmark pub hasn't changed much over the years. It's definitely not an oul' mans pub nor is it one of these modern minimalist brown leather couches and beige lampshade efforts either - bright lighting, a Tyrolean-like painted ceiling and Grecian statuettes behind the bar are just some of the design oddities on view here! That said, this landmark pub is steeped in history thanks to James Joyce who was a regular visitor to the premises and makes mention of both the pub and proprietor (Mr Davy Byrne) in his books 'Dubliners' and 'Ulysses'.

History and decor aside, on my most recent visit here (last weekend!) the Guinness was only alright and while it's probably one of the few pubs in the city centre where you can meet for a pint on a Friday night and actually hear what the other person is saying... I found the place a little bit dull and lacking atmosphere - sorry James... I'll have to disagree with you on this one!

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2009


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