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James Joyce Irish Pub

#364 of 8,993 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Barrio de Salamanca
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Calle Alcala 59, 28014 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 75 49 01
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 11:00 - 02:00
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 02:00
Fri 12:00 - 02:30
Sat 11:00 - 02:30
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good Irish pub. excellent selection of beer. Becky was excellent in her capacity as bartender, awesome to hang with, sling us beer, whisky and amuse us with her razor sharp wit. Go to the James Joyce you will have no ragrets!!!! This is a great spot to meet Irish people and americans who identify as Irish who probably dont have... More 

Thank David B
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The place is an old look like Irish pub in the middle of Parque retiro and gran via. Great place to stop by and have a sip

Thank ppl1986
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Friendly and efficient staff. Food looks good and Guinness flowing.. loads of uk and Spanish football matches shown live.. Great atmosphere.. enjoyed our stay if not the result !! ( football )...

Thank Graeme M
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was lovely huge portion of nachos, being Irish I'd at least expect staff to be nice and welcoming they didn't even make eye contact with most customers Never mind to be friendly, only went to watch the match otherwise waste Of a visit

Thank Brendan H
Matthew L, Owner at James Joyce Irish Pub, responded to this review

Dear Brendan, I am very surprised to hear that you felt the whole team were not "nice and welcoming". We would all appreciate it, if you could explain when you were in so as we can discuss it. Thank you and hope to hear from you. Matt More 

Burnley, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely find. Friendly staff with good choice of cider and beers. Food was nice too. Also a has nice sun terrace. We went here everyday. Nice pit stop.

Thank Lemonsqueeze99
Matthew L, Owner at James Joyce Irish Pub, responded to this review

Hi Lemonsqueeze, Great handle, by the way. :-) We really do thank you for thinking of us so much on your recent trip to Madrid. We hope you had a memorable time in the city and it lived up to your expectations. If you decide to pop over again, give us a shout, we'd be more than happy to give... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

By chance we got a live band music when we were in the Pub and to be honest we enjoyed a lot. Food portion was enough for one person or even for two. Staff were having smile and lovely. But only thing which I was wondering is I couldn't find list of drinks in the menu... The rest was great... More 

1 Thank mehransadeghi
Matthew L, Owner at James Joyce Irish Pub, responded to this review

Hi Mehransadeghi, Thanks for thinking of us when you were recently in the area. Your words of support and feedback are very much appreciated and valued. The team work very hard to make everyone's experience as memorable as possible. We're sorry you didn't receive a drinks list. We have separate menu with a cross-section of the majority of drinks. An... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by a couple of times to this pub. Great fun and staff were brilliant. On one of the days we called in, there was Blues Extravaganza happening which was really good fun. The food is pretty good too and cheap as well.

1 Thank MccarthyF
Matthew L, Owner at James Joyce Irish Pub, responded to this review

Hi, We really appreciate that you thought of us a couple of times and we are very grateful for your kind words about the team. We hope that you got a feel for Madrid and that you'll come back and visit the city again. Thanks again. Matt More 

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

We went to the James Joyce pub to watch the David Haye & Tony Bellew fight. The pub was busy but comfortable & luckily managed to get two seats at the bar. The atmosphere for the fight was excellent. The bar staff were fantastic, racing back and forth serving but still smiling and laughing. The Guiness was top draw and... More 

1 Thank Liam1973
Matthew L, Owner at James Joyce Irish Pub, responded to this review

Hi Liam, Thanks for your support of the pub. I am truly fortunate to work with Liam, Oliver and all the team. They always try their best to make people feel welcome. Give us a shout on your next stint over and we'll give you a few ideas about things to do and see. There is always a great buzz... More 

Pula, Croatia
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

As I said in the title the place is really great, good location, easy to find. Service is great, lot of TVs and one big screen, games are going on all the time. Stuff will find a game that you want to watch. Nice live music.

1 Thank King_Alex08
Matthew L, Owner at James Joyce Irish Pub, responded to this review

Hi Alex, Thanks for thinking of us on your recent visit to Madrid. We hope that you had a great few days in the city and managed to soak up the atmosphere. Madrid is a fantastic city all year round, with always a variety of things to do and see. So, please give us a shout if you decide to... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Searching for a bar to watch the Rangers match while in Madrid at the weekend I emailed them for help. Result of this was they added the game to their list and when we got there it was all set up. Given the competition from other matches we were really grateful that they still managed to accommodate the wishes of... More 

Thank Colin A
Matthew L, Owner at James Joyce Irish Pub, responded to this review

Hi Colin, It was our pleasure and we were glad we could help. We hope the few days in Madrid were enjoyable and you'll visit again, perhaps when it is a little warmer. Let us know if you decide to pop over again and we'll give you a few ideas. Thanks for your kinds words about the team and pub.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$23
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Alcala 59, 28014 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Barrio de Salamanca
  • Neighbourhood: Barrio de Salamanca
  • Phone Number: +34 915 75 49 01
We are an Irish-owned and run pub located in central Madrid, a stone's throw away from Plaza de las Cibeles. We serve food all day, show live sports, including, rugby, soccer, american football, tennis and golf, as well as having live music. We have an outdoor terrace throughout the year. Our bartenders speak several languages, including English, Spanish, Italian and French. We have a langauge exchange, for those who want to practice their Spanish or English, on Monday evenings from 8.30pm. We also have a private room for parties and celebrations. We hope you can come by to experience a little bit of Ireland in Spain!

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Barrio de Salamanca
Broad, tree-lined avenues with pretty streetlights frame the neighbourhood of Barrio Salamanca. With beautiful condominium buildings that make up most blocks in this area, this part of town is refined and quiet. It is also host to a few of the city's large shopping avenues, including Calle Serrano and Calle Jose Ortega y Gasset. A walk down these streets will reveal upscale chains, small boutiques, and plenty of opportunities for shopping or checking out the stylish displays. The locals here are polished and fashionable, the atmosphere is leisurely, and the lush Retiro Park on the southern border is yet another opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. A stroll through Barrio Salamanca is all about admiring the beautiful architecture, window-shopping, and people-watching in this upper-crust corner of Madrid.
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