Here in Cincy, there's definitely no shortage of great Irish pubs worthy of hosting all of your St. Patrick's Day endeavors. Dawn your green apparel, celebrate Ireland and have a couple beers this Saturday. And if you're so inclined, do it early with a hearty breakfast of Kegs and Eggs.
To give you some ideas, here are 9 pubs in the Tri-State where we think you should celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Molly Malone's - Covington/Pleasant Ridge
Just say the phrase “St. Patrick’s Day” in Cincinnati and odds are someone will bring up Molly Malone’s. Both of their locations (Covington and Pleasant Ridge) will be full on parties all day long with live music, dancing, food and plenty of beer. We guarantee both spots will have everything you’re looking for in a great St. Patrick’s Day party.
Bonus! We got the owner of Molly Malone’s to give us the do’s and don’ts of St. Patrick’s Day.
Kegs and Eggs? Yes, 7 a.m. at both locations.
Location: Pleasant Ridge – 6111 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH
Covington – 112 E 4th St, Covington, KY
Hap's Irish Pub - Hyde Park
Authenticity is a tricky word. Is it attainable? Does it really matter? We’re not gonna go into that here, but just know that Hap’s in Hyde Park is everything you think of when you imagine a good Irish pub. It’s been gracing the fine folks of the neighborhood for 40 years now so stop by, celebrate St. Patrick and see what it’s all about.
Kegs and Eggs? Yes, 7 a.m. serving rashers, bangers and blood pudding.
Specials? Irish dancers and bagpipes all day.
Location: 3510 Erie Ave, Hyde Park.
Nicholson's - Downtown
If you’re trying to do a downtown pub crawl, you’ve gotta stop by Nicholson’s. This is definitely the place to be for whiskey fans. Just walk in and you’ll see just how crazy their selection is (featuring a lot of great Scotch too, if you want to cheat a little.)
Kegs and Eggs? Brunch starts at 10 a.m. and goes until dinner at 3 p.m.
Specials? $2 Jell-O Shots, $5 Irish Sinkers, Fireball and Jameson Shots, $4.50 Budlight Green Draughts (while supplies last)
Location: 625 Walnut St, Downtown.
Crowley's Highland House Cafe - Mt. Adams
Head up the hill to Crowley’s in Mt. Adams to drink at a bar where family and tradition reign supreme. 80 years ago William “Specs” Crowley founded this place and on Friday his grandson, 2 great-grandchildren, and even a great-great-grandchild will be behind the bar. Could you ask for a better story?
Kegs and Eggs? No
Specials? $2.50 shots of Irish Cuddles & Girl Scout Cookies, $3.25 16oz cans of Bud Light, Bud, Miller Lite, & Pabst, $2.00 Pints of Green Beer and $7.00 Pitchers of Green Beer.
Location: 958 Pavilion St, Mt. Adams.
O'Malley's In The Alley - Downtown
The Pub at Rookwood - Norwood
The Pub at Rookwood is kicking everything off SUPER early at 6 a.m. to make this a St. Patrick’s Day you won’t forget (maybe you will forget, no promises here) In addition to all your favorite beers, the Pub has pretty great food to keep you going and live music on the stage throughout the day. Fast forward to Saturday and Sunday, they’ll also be offering brunch and a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar.
Kegs and Eggs? 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. featuring Corned Beef & Cabbage, Guinness Stew, Reuben Sandwich, Fish & Chips, Whisky Bread Pudding and more.
Specials? $2 Jell-O Shots, $5 Irish Sinkers & Jameson Shots, $4.50 green beer.
Location: Rookwood Commons at 2692 Madison Rd, Norwood.
Arnold's Bar and Grill - Downtown
For one of the biggest drinking days of the year, we’re definitely not leaving off Cincinnati’s oldest bar. Arnold’s Bar and Grill is always a good time. I mean, there’s a reason why it’s been open since 1861. Solid craft beer lineup, great Irish food and live music for 8 straight hours will make this one of downtown’s biggest parties.
Kegs and Eggs? Irish menu all day featuring Ronda’s World Famous Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Bangers and Mash, Colcannon and more.
Specials? Irish beers, Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s for $5 a pint and Irish Whiskeys, Jameson, Clantarf and Quiet Man for $4 all night.
Location: 210 E 8th St, Downtown.
Murphy's Pub - Clifton
As if Murphy’s isn’t a good time every day of the year, it’s definitely gonna be a party on St. Patrick’s Day. Opening up at 5:30 a.m. and going all day long, you really can get a lot for your money here.
Kegs and Eggs? Yes, begins at 7 a.m.
Specials? Green beer all day, $5 Jameson and free hotdogs.
Location: 2329 W Clifton Ave, Clifton Heights.
Foley's Pub - Reading
To wrap up this list, we couldn’t leave out Foley’s Pub in Reading. This will be a great place to celebrate the holiday and watch all the March Madness games. On top of that, they’ll have some great Irish food too. Stop by!
Kegs and Eggs? No, but they open at 11 a.m.
Specials? Free giveaways all day, $2.50 green beer and $5 Guinness on tap. $5.99 Reuben rolls, $6.99 corned beef and cabbage, along with a full menu
Location: 200 W Benson St, Reading.