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“We try our best to make sure your visit is enjoyable, occasionally we fall short, don’t be afraid to let the staff know what we can do to fix our oversight. If your order is not to your liking or you find yourself sitting at a table without service, flag someone down, get the bartenders attention, don’t just sit there and pine, communicate, we will fix the problem.”

About Us

Molly Malone’s is an authentic Irish owned and operated restaurant & pub with great food, drinks and friendly service, right across the Roebling bridge from Cincinnati. We are Cincinnati’s premier soccer bar and show just about every game live. Book your next event on one of our two private floors.

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and brunch @ 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Along with an authentic traditional fare, we offer a wide selection of great appetizers, salads and burgers.

For soccer and rugby followers we show all the important games live, open early on Saturdays for Epl. and we always show the Six Nations Rugby.

If you are a Football fan we have the NFL Sunday Ticket with lots of large flat screens to watch your team play and for those going to the game, catch the FREE shuttle to Paul Brown Stadium.

Est. 2007

Polly Campbell’s “Sandwich hall of fame.” The Fish Sandwich; 6oz fillet of beer battered north Atlantic cod on a lightly toasted marbled rye bread with lettuce, tomato, onion & topped with Molly’s own tartar sauce. “The best Irish bar in every state” BuzzFeed 2016 “Easily the best and most authentic Irish pub in the Cincinnati area. Great atmosphere, good pub grub, and knowledgeable bar staff who know the proper way to draw a pint.” “Guys, I have been on a quest to find great buffalo chicken wings since I moved to Cincinnati, and I finally found them at Molly Malone’s.” 

Cincinnati Magazine – MOLLY MALONE’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT If you ask to watch football, you’ll likely be treated to the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, or any number of European soccer teams. Practically every sect of Cincinnati soccer supporters claims the friendly Covington bar as its regional home for downing a pint of Guinness during a Saturday morning fixture. Sláinte! When To Go: Early weekend mornings.

112 E 4th street Covington KY 41011 - A history of our building.

This property at 110-112 East Fourth Street (4th & Court) has led a stable but colorful life over the past 130 years.

Firstly it was a saloon named The Covington and Newport Exchange [also known as “Arbeiter Halle” – (Workers’ Hall), built and owned by Joseph Hermes, a German immigrant in 1888.

It was used as the temporary City Hall and Court House before it became a printing company, Wolff Standard Printing Works, owned by Alban Wolff, also a native of Germany. Wolff Printing closed in the 1980s and the building remained vacant and was endangered by developers’ proposals for the area. The Hermes Building was renovated in 1997 by Jack Welles & Aidan Bowles and operated as a saloon again, Jack Quinn’s Irish Ale House & Pub until 2005. In 2007 it was sold and reopened as Molly Malone’s Irish pub & restaurant by three Irish natives and has been a staple in Northern Kentucky for the past sixteen years.

1888 – Hermes Building

Joseph Hermes was born in Germany in 1835 and emigrated to the United States in 1853. He was politically active in the community and was owner and operator of several saloons in various Covington locations.

Newspapers of the time, in their biased ways, reveal a man who was opinionated and vocal in local and state politics. In 1873, the Covington Journal reported that Mr. Hermes was elected as a Democrat to the Kentucky Legislature (later described as a liberal Republican) and was president of The German American Mutual Protection Association of Covington, nicknamed “The Saloon-Keepers Society.” As the informal name hints, the main purpose of the association was to abolish the Sunday Blue Laws.

A controversial career as legislator included his opposition to the purchase of Bibles for the representatives, prayer at opening session, and the use of the legislature hall for a convention of Good Templars, a temperance organization.” He was equally colorful as a saloon keeper, once indicted by a Grand Jury for serving liquor to a minor. The case ended in a hung jury.

Mr. Hermes was active in German associations and gave political speeches in the native tongue. In 1873 he founded a German language newspaper, Die Geganwelt, which lasted just one year. He started his saloon business in 1878 at 321 Scott Street, which was also his residence. By 1888, he had purchased property at Fourth and Court Streets and built the fine three-story building we know today. The Hermes family lived for a time on the second floor, and the third floor was “the most elegant and comfortable hall in the city… for balls, parties, and private assemblies.  Joseph Hermes continued in politics until the turn of the century and died in 1918.

In April 1899, the Hermes Building was used as a temporary City Hall while the courthouse (razed in 1976) was being constructed.? Sources do not disclose if the saloon was closed during this period, but a famous trial was held there. An African American named Bishop was accused of shooting Mox McCreary, a policeman. After the trial, the accused was promptly taken to the riverbank and hung.

1926 – Wolff Printing.

In the early part of the 20th Century, Alban Wolff, a native of Germany, moved to Covington. He owned a print shop in part of the Boone Block (across Fourth Street from the Hermes Building) and in 1926, he bought the Hermes Building for his printing presses for $20,000.

The print shop occupied the basement and first floor, and four large heavy presses in one room ran twelve hours a day. The floor would rock, but the 3 x 12-inch beams held, a native of Germany built this building, after all. The second and third floors were made into apartments. The third-floor ceiling was so high Alban Wolff constructed an additional floor above the third level into a fourth story, thereby providing a children’s play area and space for hanging laundry. The windows were so large that both floors had light. In the recent restoration, this additional floor has been removed. The Wolff family occupied the third floor where Phillip Wolff, grandson, and most recent owner, was born. Phil Wolf has many stories about those years, including the time afire started in the basement. The independent German, Alban Wolf, didn’t call the Covington Fire Department. Instead, he ran across the street to the American Legion Hal where a dance was in progress. The men came to the rescue and put the fire out.

Many of the Wolff family worked at the printing company, including Aunt Tilley who worked until she was quite elderly. Always dressed in black, Tilley ran the place with an iron fist. She never married, though one room in the building was filed with her dowry of silver, linen, and accessories. Her dowry was still intact when she died at age 99.

Mr. Wolff found many interesting things in his grandfather’s desk after his death. Detailed blueprints revealed a secret dream the grandfather had to expand the printing company and build a book publishing company in the third of the block he owned. The Depression and the dream were shoved into the back of the drawer. No one ever knew, not even Aunt Tilley.

Also found were copies of rent receipts from the apartments for $18 a month. A ledger filed with records of local Covington citizens revealed that Mr. Wolf’s grandfather was a “backroom banker.”

A murder also occurred in the building. One of the tenants, Phil Wolff’s babysitter, Beulah, shot her Iover four or five times when she found him in her bed another woman. The judge recommended that she plead “not guilty.” She said she couldn’t do that because shot the man four or five times. She was given a light sentence under the “Heat of Passion Law.” (It is rumored that a ghost resides there still.

1997 – Jack Quinn’s Irish ale house & pub.

In 1997, Jack Welles and Aidan Bowles bought the building for renovation and with careful attention to preserving its historic character, turned it into a beautiful Irish pub. They have restored much of the flavor of the place. All the woodwork and most of the floors are original with the second & third floor has been restored for private events just like the old days. Although the food and ale were Irish, not German, the authenticity of another era had been restored.

2007 – Molly Malone’s Irish pub & restaurant.

Quinn’s closed in 2005 and lay dormant until 2007 when the current owners opened Molly Malone’s Irish pub & restaurant.

The building that some had clamored to destroy has become a major asset to the revitalization of Covington, and a draw for the entire region.

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CityBeat Best of Cincinnati

2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022 & 2023

Features

Seasonal Specials

“Ask your Server / Bartender about our Seasonal Specials.”

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Menu

“We serve a wide variety of Irish and local fare.”

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Fresh Ingredients

“Freshness is important to us, we purchase and prep in small quantities more frequently.”

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Experienced chefs

“Our talented chefs follow recipes for consistency and run specials for creativity.”