The Irish Rover
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
It's been a while since I was last in Louisville but The Rover was my favorite haunt while I was there.
They have a decent bottle selection and their taps rotated frequently. The food was okay but nothing to write home about. Sometimes it was hit or miss. I'd try the lamb burger though.
They always had a friendly waitstaff and bartenders. The owner was frequently available to chit chat with and talk O'Hara's versus Guinness.
The decor was never anything special but the beers and the staff was always what did it for me.
The pricing was reasonable as well.
08-20-2014 23:16:43 | More by KornWallace
4.75/5 rDev +12%
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
3.88/5 rDev -8.5%
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
The Irish Rover in Louisville, KY
93 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.