Flavor: Big portions of solid food nod to the Irish, like mussels simmered in Harp Lager; Jameson Irish Whiskey-glazed sirloin steak; and baby back ribs with Guinness Stout BBQ sauce. Not much into the cuisine of fair Éire? They also offer wings, Caesar salad and balsamic chicken.
Flair: Here’s the place to be when you’re feelin’ you could eat a farmer’s arse through a blackthorn bush. Faith and begorrah, you’ll want to toss back a couple of jars of the black stuff like you’re in the Old Country!
Newport on the Levee, Newport, 859-581-8888; 5075 Deerfield Blvd., Deerfield Twp., 513-770-0999. Open 7 days. $9-$20.
Cock ’N Bull
Flavor: A traditional English Pub located on one of the busiest corners of Covington that serves award-winning fish and chips and everything else you would expect from an English Pub. The kitchen is open late, so you can take your time to enjoy one of the 18 beers on tap! Check their Web site for a variety of food and drink specials that run throughout the week.
Flair: Right in the middle of the Mainstrasse action, with plenty of sidewalk seating, and you will always be entertained by the full calendar of nightly events like karaoke, live music or DJs.
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.