About the Rover

“A pub is a poor man’s university”

In Ireland — where they’ve raised community and relaxation to an art form — the pub is the social center. It’s a place to meet family, friends, or business associates, catch up on news, debate politics, share a joke. It is a place of character and cadence rather than impersonal efficiency.

barAt The Irish Rover, we’ve tried to recreate this idea.  We can’t build a smoky peat fire in the grate, but our recipes are authentic, the Guinness is shipped from Dublin, and the owner’s brogue comes direct from County Clare.

Also important is our location in the friendly and historic Clifton-Crescent Hill neighborhood of Louisville, in a 170-year-old building which began life as a saloon. The business also included a grocery and dry goods store much like the old-time Irish pubs. More recently, it was the home and plasterworks of the Matteis, a couple known for extending a warm welcome amid quantities of homemade wine. We are proud to continue the building’s longstanding tradition of hospitality.

As we enter our fourth decade of business, we want to thank you, the people who have enthusiastically adopted the joys of pub culture at The Irish Rover. We are grateful for your custom and, most especially, for your friendship.

“Cead Mile Failte”

One Hundred Thousand Welcomes

Siobhan and Michael Reidy


We currently have full-service dining indoors and on our patio, as well as a self-service beer garden on weekends (weather permitting).  

Tuesday – Saturday, kitchen open 11:30-9

Sunday and Monday, CLOSED

Hours & services available subject to change during the Covid19 pandemic. Please call the restaurant at 502-899-3544