Bloomsday, which falls on June 16th, has transformed from a single-day event into a week-long celebration filled with activities for dedicated fans of James Joyce’s Ulysses, including readings, dressing up in period costumes, and visiting locations mentioned in the book.
However, if you want to experience the Bloomsday atmosphere without too much commitment, there are various food and drink options available on Friday, June 16th. Here are some of the best choices to enjoy while witnessing the festive spirit unfold:
The Lincoln’s Inn, 18-19 Lincoln Place, Dublin
On Bloomsday, visit The Lincoln’s Inn, where James Joyce first met Nora Barnacle in June 1904. This establishment offers its own selection of Joyce-inspired drinks, including Joyce’s stout, Nora’s red ale, and Bloomsday lager. Pair any of these beverages with a traditional Irish stew for €13.
Bloomsday Brunch and Street Party, North Great Georges Street
Join the pop-up “street brunch” happening on June 16th, where dressing up in period attire is encouraged but not mandatory. Although the sit-down brunch is sold out, food stalls will be set up along the street, and everyone is welcome to attend the lively Street Party.
Bloomsday at The Bailey, 1-4 Duke Street
The Bailey holds historical significance as it was the place where the first Bloomsday was conceived during a conversation over drinks. The owner, John Ryan, and novelist Flann O’Brien organised a daylong pilgrimage along the Ulysses route to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the events in the novel. Experience Bloomsday at The Bailey with their signature “James Joyce” cocktail and a variety of “Bloomsday dishes” served throughout the day. Situated in the middle of Duke Street, you’ll have a prime view of the quirky Bloomsday festivities.
Davy Byrne’s and the Gorgonzola Sandwich:
Davy Byrnes is the famous establishment where the protagonist of Ulysses, Leopold Bloom, enjoyed a glass of burgundy and a gorgonzola sandwich with Nora Barnacle. In honour of Bloomsday, this literary pub with a rich heritage is serving the same glass of burgundy all day long.
Afternoon Tea at Blooms, Belvedere Hotel
For a unique Bloomsday experience, indulge in afternoon tea at Blooms Restaurant in the Belvedere Hotel, Rotunda. Savour delicious gorgonzola sandwiches, banbury cakes, rhubarb tarts, and other treats inspired by Ulysses while enjoying a selection of fine loose-leaf teas. To enhance the experience, you can add a glass of prosecco with orange curacao liqueur (Joyce’s favourite drink) for an additional €8.