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The James Joyce

#159 of 3,075 Restaurants in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Irish, Bar, European, British, Pub
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12 Astiggos | Thiseio, Athens 105 55, Greece
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+30 21 0323 5055
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Athens, Greece
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

it's a good place to go and have a beer...or a cider (for me) pretty much any day of the week. in the area of monastiraki in the center of athens. the food is good...would love if they used real cheddar cheese....bu ok...greeks don't know the difference so it suits the owner...

Thank Joannagreece2016
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Good atmosphere. Nice people and a great fish & chips. Seating indoors and out. Live music. Showing sports on tv.

Thank Henning P
Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had one of the best Sunday roasts EVER in The James Joyce. A very nice, friendly, Irish pub with excellent food. Slightly "out of the way" but well worth the search.

Thank hcr673
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Athens during Easter holidays. We ate here on 3 occasions varying our selections each time. Totally enjoyed our meals,freshly prepared and great combination of flavours. Could happily have eaten here every day -however we really needed to try out some Greekl cusine. Good atmosphere combined with attentive & pleasant staff make for a great experience . Met the landlord... More 

Thank mary c
Tampere, Finland
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713 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Pretty ordinary Irish pub in the touristy area of Athens. They have pretty normal Irish pub beer selection. So if you’re after a pint of Guinness this is your place. Wi-fi worked well. And that was what we were after.

Thank Jan R
Victoria, Canada
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I was in Athens for a week and I was probably in here at least 4 times for a pint or 5...great place, great staff...highly recommend for a pint.

Thank Modern_Day_Drifter36
London, United Kingdom
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198 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Most Irish bars outside of Ireland can appear to be lacking "irishness" but not this one. Landlord is a guy from Mayo, and all things Irish can be found here Decent pints Decent food Decent sport

Thank MrsGiroud
Tel Aviv, Israel
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43 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Just had a great evening in this pub. Food was very good and freshly cooked, the Guinness tasted great, good background music, very good service, nicely decorated in that Irish pub style. We are here another week and shall visit again - a good place to spend an evening.

Thank Fiona A
Ottawa, Canada
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We visited this pub twice. Once by chance and the second time to celebrate March 17th. Great friendly service and highly recommend the chicken wings. A fun pub off the beaten path, yet right in the midst of amazing historical sites.

Thank sab880
Athens, Greece
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84 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Well, this is an Irish pub frequented by Irish people plus various locals. Perfect spot with a great view of the ancient ruins and surrounded by second hand bookshops. The keep Guinness and Kilkenny. The secret in draught beer is how well it's kept. No cut corners here. Great beer, though on the pricey side. Various things to eat or... More 

Thank gourmetathens

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Irish, Bar, European, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Astiggos | Thiseio, Athens 105 55, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Attica  >  Athens>  > Monastiraki
  • Neighbourhood: Monastiraki
  • Phone Number: +30 21 0323 5055

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Monastiraki

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Monastiraki is a souvenir-hunting enclave with a difference. Apart from the dramatic backdrop of the Acropolis, its network of alleys and pedestrianized streets surround the remains of both the Greek and Roman agoras, adding the quaint concept that this is where the ancients also came to shop. Named after the tiny monastery church at its center, Monastiraki Square is a lively spot by day or night, with street peddlers vying for your attention to sell you nuts and sweets. Down beside the metro station, the official Flea Market is an unbroken row of souvenir shops until you come to antique-oriented Platia Avissinias, while Pandrossou Street on the other side of the square offers more tourist shopping. The pedestrianized street beside the Greek Agora is lined with cafés offering fine views.
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