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