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James Joyce Irish Pub

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Address: Istiklal Caddesi, Balo Sokak 26, Istanbul, Turkey

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Good friendly pub

This pub is ok if you just want to have a drink weather you alone or with friends and to watch football, the staffs are friendly and speak English and the price are reasonable.

Reviewed 13 July 2016
Sagvan K
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Really friendly staff with great service and a reallly good vibe! Great location off istikial street and really economical prices for beer!

Thank Gary W
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

A welcoming venue to catch your weekly Premier League fix, and the Killiney Ale and Beef vegetable stew was also great company on a cold evening! Live fiddlers and a friendly environment to party on with.

Thank David L
Istanbul, Turkey
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

It's lost it's door fee, it's opened itself to the public properly and is so much more friendlier. I first came about 14 years ago and wasn't overly impressed. Been many times since (even had stag do here 13 years ago), however it was never my first choice when I'm in Taksim. Last few times I am liking more and... More 

1 Thank stevenparky2012
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

James Joyce Irish Pub Istanbul - Amazing! If u need 1) Irish Trad 2) Football 3) Cool spot 4) Modernity as in East meets West in ultra-sophistication 5) something to remember forever etc etc etc James Joyce Tavern Istanbul is right for you. Slan agus bannachee, cok guzel and Selamünaleyküm! A unique experience I shall never forget and i'll return... More 

Thank Brendan L
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

This pub is ok if you just want to have a drink weather you alone or with friends and to watch football, the staffs are friendly and speak English and the price are reasonable.

Thank Sagvan K
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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432 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for a refreshing beer whilst trudging the streets. Seems like a good place for beer and TV sports

Thank KAF0460
Community of Madrid, Spain
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6 reviews
Reviewed 29 January 2016

i was there for as a football fan. nice to drink beer and watch our game. good atmosphere for sports

Thank julien g
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2015

This is a place where our band's gig was spoilt by the manager of the venue by intervening during our performance on December 19, 2015, Saturday. I play guitar in a band called CORK which is a RORY GALLAGHER Tribute Band. And this had to be the definitive place where our playing for a Legend Irishman should have been appreciated... More 

3 Thank Ali A
Istanbul Province, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2015

Tucked away in the Nevzhade district of Istanbul close to the British Consulate in a street famous for its Fish restaurants and Fish market this is a good alternative to local bars, and especially if you are an expatriate and want to watch English football, rugby, cricket etc. The Guinness is fine and the Bar Grub more than passable -... More 

Thank kelvinwilliama2014
Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2015 via mobile

Rude and lazy staff Guinness tasted awful and the food was below average. I've been a few times now with friends but I won't go back again.

2 Thank NSHMorgan

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Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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