The Irish Rover
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
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
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
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
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
The Irish Rover in Louisville, KY
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