The Venue

The skinny on local clubs

August 03, 2006|By SARAH MARSTON

The James Joyce Pub

An upscale version of your typical Irish joint, James Joyce offers all the pub goodies you'd expect plus a lot of Americanized bonuses you wouldn't. From Guinness pints and shepherd's pie to plasma screens and five-layer Mexican dip, this pub fuses Irish tradition with American nightlife.

Where -- 616 S. President St.

Call -- 410-727-5107

Web site -- thejamesjoyce

Notable -- The dark wood and comfy booths were made in the old country and shipped to the city, giving the pub an authentic, though atypically clean, appearance. Irish employees also contribute to the pub's genuine feel. The smooth James Joyce Amber is brewed in the city and Mayor Martin O'Malley has performed with his band at the pub, which features live music several nights a week.

Vibe -- Fun and lively. Especially when there's live music, the Irish spirit is alive and well. The pub manages to stay cozy and still provide a festive, night-on-the-town feeling. A place where you can sit back, drink, eat comfort food and enjoy the music, or spend the night dancing at the bar with your friends.

Crowd -- On a Friday night it was mostly 20- and 30-somethings, but also plenty of people in their 40s and 50s.

What to wear -- Jeans are great, but a little dressier works, too.

Music -- A recent electric guitar and drums act played rock covers, ranging from the Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bon Jovi to James Blunt, Green Day and the Dave Matthews Band.

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