The interior furnishing originates from the Jury's hotel in Dublin and was run there as the Antique Bar.
At the beginning of the 1970's, the hotel had to give way to urban development measures. At an auction a businessman from Zuerich purchased the interior furnishing and sold it to the SBG at that time. They had the far-sightedness and honoured a guest of many years' standing and friend of the Zuerich city (James Joyce) in this special way.
The 19th century Art Nouveau bar is considered worldwide as one of the most beautiful bars, as it has been protected and preserved entirely.
An Irish bar situated in Zuerich may therefore very well be called the James Joyce Bar.