The James Joyce
The James Joyce – Istanbul’s only Irish pub and a surprisingly enormous establishment opposite the bottom of Nevizade Sokak – is popular with the full variety of English-speaking ex-pats and locals. As expected, Irish clichés are on display, including fading posters of James Joyce’s Dublin and portraits of Oscar Wilde (who, we firmly believe, would have hated the place). Snobs like Wilde aside, it’s fun, obviously casual and occupies a very pretty building (the pub’s unexpected library is very nice – though low on books). And if you suddenly become bored with Turkish culture you can take advantage of the pub’s raft of regular Irish activities including Irish music sessions, Irish film club meetings and salsa dancing (?). An all-day Irish breakfast of bacon, sausages, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and chips will set you up for the day.