“He entered Davy Byrnes,” wrote Joyce of Leopold Bloom, the hero of Ulysses. “Moral pub. He doesn’t chat. Stands a drink now and then. But in a leap year once in four. Cashed a cheque for me once.” Given its impeccable literary connections, it’s no surprise that so many writers make this pub a pilgrimage spot when they’re in town. Joyce himself was a regular, although the food has improved since his day—the menu of pub classics and sandwiches is actually pretty good, and reasonably priced. Ulysses fans will be delighted to hear that you can still order a gorgonzola sandwich, Bloom’s snack of choice.
21 Duke St., off Grafton St., Dublin 2
Our Rating Transportation Bus: 11, 11A, 11B, 14, 14A, 15A, 15C, 15X, 20B, 27C, 33X, 39B, 41X, 46B, 46C Phone 01/677-5217 Web site Davy Byrnes