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The Irish Rover
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2319 Frankfort Ave
phone: (502) 899-3544
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The owner Michael Reidy is from County Clare, Ireland and this is as close as you'll get to a real Irish pub in Louisville. The restaurant is comprised of three large rooms. The bar area is cozy and darker than the other two rooms with a long bar and about five dark green wooden booths. The unobtrusive TV will likely be playing football (the European type). The other two rooms have tall ceilings and bright walls which are adorned with photos from the owner's childhood and of Irish writers, etc. Booths are available in the rear room also (in addition to the large sturdy tables). Four or five tables are available outside close to Frankfort Ave.
The staff are friendly and competent. This is a restaurant more than a beer bar. They do have a full service bar with 5-6 beer-taps but they are more mainstream and the unifying theme is Ireland. You can get a fine Fuller's ESB, Tennent's lager, Smithwick's, Boddington's, Harp, or the expected Guinness. Also they usually have a tap of something from the local Bluegrass Brewing Co.
Several bottled beers are available: Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin', Theakston Old Peculiar, Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, and MacEwan's Scotch Ale. A broad selection of Irish Whisky's and Kentucky Bourbons are also available.
The food is very good pub grub. Check out their website for the menu "theirishroverky". Fish and chips and the veggie sandwich are favorites. The thick fries are very tasty and the sandwichs seem to be made with bread sliced lengthwise from the homemade sourdough loaf--They are large! I always end up taking half of the sandwich home (lunch the next day!).
A very casual and comfortable place. You will see families with children, people of all ages, and regulars bellied up to the bar. A nice mix that works.
12-03-2006 15:21:18 |
More by Cresant
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
The Rover is as close as you can get to an Irish pub in the states. The beer list is standard for irish pubs, guinness, etc. The food is what makes this place authentic for me, fish and chips, cottage pie, leak potato soup. Having one of those entres and a pint of guinness, man my day got so much better. The atmosphere is what brings it together, it feels very quaint and cozy, in the winter there is fire in the harth. The only down fall is possibly the hours, they do close at 11pm, and are closed on Sundays. But, if you are in Louisville and are craving some Irish grub go to the Rover.
07-15-2006 12:26:26 |
More by cameraman
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Before I start raving about this place, I will say that if you want to be blown away by a beer selection, this is not the place. That alone stands in front of it getting a perfect score.
On the subject of its' beer selection, it touts every major Irish beer I've ever known, the standard macros and a singular contribution: a local brew designed for this place, the Irish Rover Red. That brew alone bumps up the score for me.
I dare say that from the time I set foot in the Irish Rover, I feel like a guest. Courteous and attentive waitstaff, an atmosphere that feels "at home" without feeling "lived in." Food drawn from authentic Irish fare exceptionally well done. A pleasure and a treat to visit.
If you find yourself in the area, you should do yourself a favor and stop in.
09-23-2010 00:58:54 |
More by Bourbon
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
The Irish Rover is truly a sampling of Ireland in America. It honestly doesn't get any better than this, at least not on this side of The Pond. They are locally known for their exceptional beer battered fish and chips served with dill mayonnaise and lemon. I personally order their smoked salmon salad and their Dublin salmon dishes quite often. Both are very good. The black and tans are made with Guinness and Fuller's, which makes them a little more stout than average. When you are at The Rover, you feel like you're in Ireland, either at a neighborhood Irish pub or in an Irish family's house. If you happen to stop by, tell them O'Reilly sent you. If you plan in advance to stop by, then drop me a message and I'll meet you there.
03-12-2003 16:14:15 |
More by oreilly
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
There's nothing quite like a visit to the Irish Rover with some close friends on a dark winter's eve. This place exudes a friendly, inclusice, and cheerful atmosphere with a certain playful (beer induced?) boisterousness. The lovely old building is decorated with pictures of Irish natives and the countryside to give a certain feeling of being at some beer hall in Ireland.
The food is quite delicious (Bangers and Mash, the Irish Club, and the Veggie Sandwich being favorites of my mates), and any enthusiast will want to save room for the Chocolate Guiness Cake!
The selection at the bar has enough variety to please many different tastes. Various imports from Irish macros (and micros) decorate the bar top, as do several other forms of alcohol.
The staff is friendly, and the place seems relatively well-kept in general. If you're in the area, you should definitely pay a visit!
11-30-2004 00:29:32 |
More by Opethsprite
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