in 1969, Murphy's Pub
is a place where neighbors &
friends, young and old gather to share
good spirits! Murphy's is a
cornerstone of neighborhood
community for over 30 years. A long
legacy of customers and proprietors
have passed through its' doors over
the years. Neighborhood regulars as
well as the famous and infamous have
added to the Pub's legacy.
building that is home to
has a long and intriguing history.
Along with the rest of the
2329 West Clifton Avenue
was originally constructed at the
turn of the century for residential
housing. By the middle 1920's though,
plumbers, barbers, and repair shops
operators had begun to call it home.
wasn't until Virgil Hahn established
Hahn's Restaurant & Bar in 1938,
that the first drinks were poured.
years later, the business changed
hands and names. Charles Mahoney
took over the business in 1958,
putting his own name over the front
door. Even with a new name, the
flavor of the establishment stayed
the same, a local watering hole with
room for everyone.
retired in 1969 and sold the
business to two young men, a local
by the name of Bailey and an
Irishman known as Murphy. Not much
is known about the mysterious Mr.
Murphy. Shortly after taking over
the business he is believed to have
returned to Ireland
for a visit only to disappear into
the political troubles that continue
to plague that nation to this day.
To honor his lost partner, Bailey
changed the name in 1970 to
the years passed a variety of people
have owned the Pub. The current
proprietors, both of Irish descent,
took over September 1, 2000, after
themselves working for many years at
just a neighborhood bar, Murphy's
Pub has become a favorite night spot
with students attending the
of Cincinnati. Many alumni
have stopped back to
reminisce about the first time they
discovered the friendly, low-key
atmosphere offered by the Murphy's Pub.
has had several brushes with
greatness. Celebrities and local
sports figures occasionally drop by.
Former University of Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins
and former Red's star Chris Sabo
have been served here. And
yes, the rumors are true, Kurt
Cobain and Nirvana did perform in
the back bar in October of 1989.
in and become part of the Murphy's
Pub legacy. Young or old, new to the
neighborhood or lived here all your
is ALWAYS open and ready to continue