601 Main St., Covington, 859-581-4253. Open 7 days. $7-$18.
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub (Pleasant Ridge)
Flavor: Pub grub such as wings, pizza and nachos, all with an Irish twist, coupled with Irish classics like Boxty’s, an Irish potato pancake layered with beef tips and Guinness gravy, curried chicken or salmon with alfredo sauce.
Flair: The pub’s cozy interior is a great neighborhood gathering place. Live music in the bar, and, on Tuesdays, put that college degree to the test with Trivia Night.
6111 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, 513-531-0700. Open 7 days. $8-$16.
Molly Malone’s Irish Pub (Covington)
Flavor: One of three locations of this Kentucky-based restaurant mini-chain, Molly’s serves up all the pub staples, including a tasty Reuben sandwich and a hearty, “legendary” version of Fish ’N Chips, replete with a half-pound fish fillet. Perfect comfort food.
Flair: Molly’s offers a place to commune, like a good neighborhood pub should. On the weekends it has bands, there’s international football (soccer), rugby and hurling on the Setanta Sports Channel and plenty of room to join your friends for a good, thick Irish or English ale. Wednesday night’s pub quiz draws a crowd.
112 E. Fourth St., Covington, 859-491-6659. Open 7 days. $9-$18.
Flavor: Theatre-goers and the downtown crowd have been filling up on Nicholson’s Fish and Chips, Shepherd’s Pie and London Broil for years, but Nicholson’s also serves up a slew of interesting and comforting dishes like the Cinnamon Roasted Pork Loin and the Prime Rib Melt. A wide selection of draught beers and 90 single-malt Scotches fill out the bar offerings.
Flair: The 40-seat mahogany bar with a mahogany and copper roof is the centerpiece of Nicholson’s very Scottish gastropub, but you can also enjoy the outdoor patio or the cozy hearth room, complete with fireplace.
625 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-564-9111. Open 7 days. $9-$28.
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