Open since 2007, the James Jocye is ideally located in the heart of Lyon’s old town.  An Irish pub in the true sense, the layout and style of the Joyce flawlessly recreates that which one would expect to find anywhere in Ireland. Liam, who is originally from County Offaly, and his team strive to provide an authentic experience to a wonderful mix of Irish and Anglophone expats, international students, travellers who are looking for a taste of home, and locals who appreciate the Irish atmosphere. The friendly staff are all fluent speakers of both English and French and are more than happy to chat with customers and offer tourist advice to those unfamiliar with the city.

The James Joyce’s almost perfect location on Rue Saint Jean means that it is rarely without a row of happy customers sitting at the bar!


Proprietor Liam previously worked in quality control for Guinness, and today he and his team take real pride in ensuring that customers enjoy a perfect pint of Ireland’s signature drink every single time.

Live sport

A big screen provides coverage of Champions League, English Premiership, French Ligue 1 and international football together with the biggest rugby clashes. 


The James Joyce has a very modestly sized terrace but given that rue Saint Jean on which it sits is pedestrianised the atmosphere can be very pleasant indeed on summer evening.


The modest kitchen serves tasty pub grub and snacks. 

Address: 68 Rue Saint-Jean, 69005 Lyon

Transport: From the Vieux Lyon – Cathédral Saint-Jean metro station (line D), The James Joyce is a 200m walk via Place Saint-Jean.

Opening hours: 

Sunday – Thursday 11:30am to 01:00am

Friday- Saturday 11:30am to 3:00am


Typical Beer : Half-pint, €3.50 ; Pint, €6.50