Portal To Paradise #ThursdayDoors

If we were having a beer, it would quite likely be at The Irish Rover in Louisville, Kentucky. My pal Jane and I usually eat there when we have our monthly Girls’ Day Out. Not always, but usually.

RoverThey have Irish pub food, mostly. Fish and chips, Scotch eggs, cottage pie, bubble and squeak, Guinness beef stew, and bangers and mash. Also: cheeses, cordon bleu fritters, salmon, club sandwich…. Great menu!

And the beer…. Oh, glory, the beer! We’re very fond of Celtic Craic, and find it appropriate that Craic is pronounced “crack”. It’s by the New Albanian Brewing Company, in New Albany, Indiana. It’s out of season now, alas, although I like for beers to go in and out of season, so I can try new ones. Today, Jane asked for a taste of New Albanian’s … I don’t even remember the name, but it was some kind of seasonal ale aged in whiskey barrels, and it was SO GOOD, I was sorry I had already ordered a Guinness. THAT’S how good it was. I hope they still have it when we meet in November.

The Rover building is a delight. Here’s a picture of the side, with the door’s awning poking out from the center to the left.Irish RoverThe bicycle and the window with the flower pots are both painted on, shadows and all.

So, yes, definitely one of my favorite places.

[Update: I forgot to say this is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors link-up! Go see Norm’s WONDERFUL doors this week!!!]

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What is one of your main character’s favorite places?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Portal To Paradise #ThursdayDoors

  1. Dan

    October 15, 2015 at 7:15am

    Thanks for the mention (I didn’t realize how many IWWHaB posts I’ve done) and for bringing us to a great little pub. I love that the bicycle and the window are painted on. The beer and the food sound wonderful, but the best part is that you go there with a friend. Bars are clearly meant to support friendships.

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      Marian Allen

      October 15, 2015 at 8:22am

      CLEARLY, Dan. The staff are always friendly and obliging, and treat us like they understand how important friendship is. Jane and I have been palling around for 50 years and counting.

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  2. Dan

    October 15, 2015 at 9:09am

    50 years! Wow. that’s a long term friendship.

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    • Jane

      October 15, 2015 at 9:41am

      Yes, it is, Dan. And such a friend as Marian!

      Come visit and try the beer!

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  3. Katfrench

    October 15, 2015 at 7:48pm

    Love the Irish Rover’s soda bread. Because carbs and I have been palling around for 43 years…

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  4. janet

    October 16, 2015 at 6:24pm

    Definitely our kind of spot as well. As for beer (preferably dark) aged in whiskey/Scotch/bourbon barrel? Bring it!


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