After passing by Larry O'Rourke's in Calypso and conceiving his "puzzle" about crossing Dublin, Bloom leaves home for the day in Lotus Eaters and immediately finds himself thinking of "pubs" once again, this time when he imagines a young boy perpetually waiting for his alcoholic father to emerge from them. In addition to suggesting the sheer number of these establishments in Dublin, Ulysses gives a vivid sense of what a crucial role they play in the social life of the city, for good and for ill.

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2019 photograph of the Oval bar on Middle Abbey Street. Source: John Hunt.

Recent photograph of the interior of the Oarsman. Source:

Recent photograph of the interior of Cleary's pub, formerly the Signal House, on Amiens Street. Source:

Photograph of Mulligan's in Poolbeg Street, probably taken in the late 1960s. Source:

Recent photograph of the Brian Boru pub, formerly the Brian Boroimhe House, on Prospect Road in Glasnevin. Source: