On the afternoon of the 10th June 1904, aspiring writer, James Joyce’s life changed forever when he spotted Nora Barnacle stepping out of Finn’s Hotel and walking down South Leinster Street.

Joyce had a profound emotional affinity with Finn’s Hotel throughout his life and a book of short stories entitled Finn’s Hotel was posthumously discovered. But Joyce, the avid imbiber, also had an affinity with The Lincolns Inn, where he was known to wait for Nora until she finished her shift in Finn’s.

Nora worked in the hotel for the Finn brothers as a chambermaid and also served in the small bar. Both Joyce and Nora are subsequently transposed into Leopold and Molly Bloom in his novel Ulysses, which is set on a day of frenzied activity about the city of Dublin in the literary calendar of June 16th 1904. This commemorated the day that James Joyce and Nora Barnacle had their first date, six days after James first saw her.

Over 125 years later we always have a warm welcome for all lovers of James Joyce and his life and work. We even stock a few Joycean themed beers for you to sample. 



The Lincolns Inn