James Joyce

Café / Pub
James Joyce Situated just outside Piazza Francesco Ferrucci, James Joyce may require a bit of a hike to reach, but this cool pub and Café is well worth the trip. Florence Italy 43.7640007 11.2701221
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James Joyce - Café | Pub in Florence.
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Party Earth Review Situated just outside Piazza Francesco Ferrucci, James Joyce may require a bit of a hike to reach, but this cool pub and café is well worth the trip. While the low yellow lighting and vibrant crowd turn the patio into... ... read full review

  • Phone:

    055 658 0856

  • Hours:

    Daily 4pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth James Joyce Review

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Situated just outside Piazza Francesco Ferrucci, James Joyce may require a bit of a hike to reach, but this cool pub and Café is well worth the trip.

Situated just outside Piazza Francesco Ferrucci, James Joyce may require a bit of a hike to reach, but this cool pub and café is well worth the trip.

While the low yellow lighting and vibrant crowd turn the patio into the place to be, the well-designed interior also sports an inviting décor reminiscent of an old English pub.

A library room in the back and comfortable booths and tables on multiple tiers are as cool to look at as they are cozy, while a sign above the door reads “God Bless the Drinkers.”

Also the bar’s entertainment center, the patio features a variety of classic pub pastimes, from the electronic dart boards interspersed among the marble statues to foosball and other pub games, and most of the crowd makes its way there on summer evenings to gather with friends around one of the many tables.

The steady mixed crowd of young locals and English speakers makes James Joyce one of the best spots in Florence to meet new people and chat the night away.

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Tip from Jonah:

The pub also has a small bookstore onsite selling paperbacks, some of which are in English. Grab a beer and chill out with a little literature before the party starts.

  • Crowd

    Locals and some English speakers, all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    A wide range of genres including funk, rock, 70s and 80s tunes, and Italian music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Complimentary aperitivo buffet 6–9:30pm.

  • Prices

    Beer €3.50–€5.20, cocktails €7–€8, shots €3.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays through Saturdays.

James Joyce User Reviews

Average rating:
Double-Edged Sword, Twice Over
Giuseppe C. Feb 28, 2013
My mother is of Florentine stock, and boy do I love Florence. It has everything, and has everything in a jazzy, quintessentially Italian way. It has the Uffizi with its masterpieces, it has the Duomo with its amazing architecture, and it has James Joyce with its chill atmosphere and cadre of expats. Of these, James Joyce is the place in Florence I have spent the most time and maybe like the most. Perhaps the best thing about James Joyce for me is that it’s a little bit off the beaten path. While central Florence is gorgeous, it does get crowded and touristy, and sometimes the long stroll to James Joyce is just what the doctor ordered. Once there, the place is roomy and cozy and damned comfortable, full of books and with plenty of booze and plenty of places to sit. So there’s the first double-edged sword: James Joyce is a bit of a hike to get to, but it rewards you with a pleasant place to sip a drink. The second double-edged sword is all about the clientele. While there are plenty of locals who frequent James Joyce, its traditional English pub style layout and ambience make it a magnate for anglophones. Just as sure as you can meet an Italian at James Joyce, so too can you meet a Brit or an American. And while you might feel like that takes away from your Florentine experience, don’t let it: James Joyce is a great place to meet people. To have a few beers, and to meet people.
nice irish pub
Sam R. Dec 13, 2012
Some Italians come here too, so its not just tourists though its mostly tourists. This is a nice place outside of central Florence to meet up. Its a very relaxed pub right next to the river and its nice for having a pint with a friend or drinking before a night out on this side of the Arno. The bookstore is also nice especially once you run out of books coz you can pick up English ones right here. Its also cheap for Florence and its nice to grab a pint and sit in one of the corners and talk about literature. Its what we do here.
A good ol' pub
Tara R. Dec 6, 2012
All study abroads and expats, James Joyce was our it’s-five-o’clock-somewhere watering hole. Grabbing a pint at the bar, we would proceed to the barrels outside to people-watch to our hearts’ content. Other times, when the wifi at our flat was down (which happened often-this is still Italy, no matter how many American universities start study abroad programs here), we would go into the dark inside to open up our laptops and type up papers—still with our pints. The crowd is friendly and there is none of the Italian-versus-foreigners tension I found at many other bars in Florence.
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