I like James Joyce. Really, I do.
I've passed many a nights here usually watching sports. American football games, European futbol matches, the lot. I even watched the Super Bowl here earlier this year and the Copa del Rey.
Here's what I like:
- attentive (English and Spanish speaking) bar folk
- delicious food menu
- great beer selection including Paulaner on tap! (Sweet Jesus!)
- LOTS of TVs in various sizes
- clean ample bathrooms
- seating if you arrive for a game early enough
- not super touristy as it's just outside the center of the city
Probably my favorite sports bar in Madrid.
We watched the Super Bowl here on our recent trip to Madrid. The atmosphere was very exciting and loud. The drinks were a little on the pricey side, but I guess you can expect that on a night with a big event. The patrons were welcoming and friendly.
My girlfriend and I were visiting Madrid on the last leg of our month long backpacking tour when we stumbled upon this pub. We were relieved that the bartenders spoke both English and Spanish so it made ordering a snap. Picking up on our "Merican" accents, the owner greeted us and began telling the his story about the founding of the pub and his transition to the city of Madrid. It was very engrossing to say the least...
Not only did this pub have uncanny hospitality, they also had unbelievable food! Their menu was full of fantastic Irish dishes that will leave you coming back for more... (Which is exactly what we did... We visited the pub 4 times in 5 days.)
Start out with the Shepards Pie and you will not be let down. It is the perfect blend of potatoes and beef and It comes with some homemade bread that will knock your socks off. However, if ordering a salad, I caution you to ask for the dressing on the side....
Not only does the James Joyce offer great food and drinks, they also show many soccer matches that are pay-per-view.
If in Madrid, make it a point to stop by and have a pint of the "black stuff" at the James Joyce...
I have been to the James Joyce on many occasion. This is a good quality Irish Pub which seems to attract locals and foreigners who live in Madrid as opposed to the Tourist crowd... This is most likely due to it's location outside of the "Sol" area where other notorious Irish Pubs (for hook-ups) are located.
There are three great reasons to head to the James Joyce:
(1) In general, good quality British Food (Irish if you prefer)
(2) They play football on big screens - was one of the great places to be during the last world cup that Spain won
(3) Friendly staff who speak both English and Spanish
Very friendly with solid pub food. Mathew was great and helped us with our Madrid itinerary and gave us several great tips.
Pretty typical as Irish bars around the world go but the food was good and the beer suitably cold. It was dead on the Monday night we were in though, despite Ireland vs. Hungary being screened live.
great place to be when watching a game. you will be standing throughout the game if you done get there super early.
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