Top 10 writers’ favourite haunts

10: James Joyce – Davy Byrnes, Dublin 

Founded by County Wicklow-born publican Davy Byrnes in 1889, this Dublin watering hole shot to fame in 1922 when it was immortalised in James Joyce’s magnum opus, Ulysses, which chronicles protagonist Leopold Bloom’s passage through Dublin during an ordinary day – 16 June 1904. Joyce allegedly chose that specific day for the novel as it was the date of his first romantic liaison with wife-to-be Nora Barnacle.

A regular of the pub and a friend of its proprietor, Joyce weaved Davy Byrnes into the novel, where Bloom stopped by “for a gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of Burgundy.” The hat tip to the pub has led thousands of Joyce fans to make the pilgrimage to the site on Duke Street, with a spike in visitors on Bloomsday (16 June), where Joyce’s more fervent fans pop in for a gorgonzola sarnie and a glass of Burgundy in honour of Bloom.

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