The Irish in Cincinnati

This website grew from a University of Cincinnati Honors Program seminar, “The Irish in America,” in coordination with the Archives & Rare Books Library. The focus is on the history and the living heritage of the Irish in Cincinnati and is designed to be a sustainable and informative site that is a collaborative effort between archivists, students, scholars, and the general public.

Category: Dining

Irish Pubs with Irish Grub

By: Mickayla Beckett

Bangers and Mash Doherty'sAs human beings, we’re engineered to like food. Some of us even have favorites, though I never could decide on one myself. Food is something that unites people because we all need it, we all make it, and we all eat it. Naturally, with the high Irish immigrant population in the United States over the decades and the enduring attachment Americans have for Irish heritage, there are a number of Irish pubs and restaurants around. Of course, there is a distinct difference between authentic Irish pubs and Irish-themes pubs, which is important to consider when analyzing the impact and success of Irish pubs. According to “The Irish Pub Concept,” a website that specializes in supporting and increasing the number of authentic Irish pubs in the United States, authentic Irish pubs tend to be more successful than their inauthentic namesakes. The website contains an economic comparison showing higher profits with the authentic Irish pubs, even if they had less money initially put into them. It’s hard to find exact statistics for how many of each may be in the country, but this particular website gives a good idea on how to tell the difference between the two: the authentic Irish pub is much more likely to be open during the day for food and it is much more likely to have an environment that promotes gathering, socializing, and conversing when compared to the themed pubs. Continue reading

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

By: Samantha Besse

In order to get a traditional Irish experience, I didn’t have to travel far from home.  Right across the river in Covington, offering a fantastic view of the Cincinnati skyline, I found a small Irish pub called Molly Malone’s.  The story of Molly Malone is a perfect example that depicts the Irish mindset of embracing failure.  Molly was a poor fishmonger in 17th Century Dublin who sold both fish and herself in order to survive.  Unfortunately, Molly contracted cholera from one of her patrons and died in 1699 on the streets of Dublin.  Her story is commemorated through a statue in the heart of Dublin, through the traditional Irish song “Cockles and Mussels”, and through the chain of pubs and restaurants in her name.

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant has a location in Cincinnati, as well as many locations in Kentucky, including Covington, St. Matthews, and Louisville.  The pub even captivates visitors in Los Angeles, California, Ingolstadt, Germany, and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  I was wary about its authenticity and hoped it wouldn’t turn out to be based on Irish stereotypes, but the numerous awards won over the years, such as Cincinnati’s Magazine’s Best Irish Pub of the City in 2009 and CityBeat’s Best Celtic Pub in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016, convinced me to go.  The food, drinks, and live music convinced me to stay. Continue reading