Fiddler's Hearth Public House
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Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by kdoc8:
3.53/5 rDev -17.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Fiddler's. I've spent so many great evenings at Fiddler's. It's been the scene of several birthdays, several miscellaneous, celebrations, several study or reading sessions, several quiet beers with friends. It has a very interesting atmosphere that can change quite drastically depending on the day. For example, there are open-mic nights on Wednesdays and bands can come through on weekends that pack the house and make for a great, fun, loud atmosphere, complete with Irish step-dancers on tables. However, at other times it can be almost empty and you can just sit and play one of their many board games or read a book or have quiet conversations. It all depends on what you want, but for both, it can be a great place.
They have a pretty good and extensive beer menu...my typical choice was usually Guinness (which is also listed as an appetizer). Lots of Irish and British choices, but also some locals on tap, like Bell's Two Hearted. They have a good menu for a carnivore, but not too much to offer a vegetarian, unless they eat fish, in which case the favorite is fish-n-chips. I usually got a Shepherd's Pie which was great and filling. The one thing to be aware of with Fiddler's is the service is EXTREMELY glacially slow. If you go in there with a large group, you will be there for at least 3 hours.
03-14-2007 00:28:01 | More by kdoc8
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went in on a Sunday night. They had a five piece Irish band jam session going, and it sounded pretty good. Plenty of craft beer on tap, w 3F, Bell's, and a bunch of others. I had fish & chips, which was two pieces of lightly breaded cod and fries wrapped up in a piece of the South Bend newspaper. It was a bit greasy, but I like it like that. My wife had the salmon and Irish mashed, and she enjoyed it immensely. Atmosphere was cool, w a bunch of Irish paraphernalia on the walls. Our waiter was pretty smooth, and said he had been in the states for eight months.
07-15-2013 02:13:43 | More by Tiburon
3.59/5 rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Amyliz4 and I stopped by this spot over the Christmas holiday along with some family. The atmosphere is fairly laid-back with an Irish Pub sort of feel. Quite casual and not terribly crowded, though it was a weekday afternoon. The server was quick and responsive, though info on the beer was a little bit lacking. Still, pretty good. Plenty of quality beers on draft, focusing mostly on Indiana locals. A good amount of British and Irish imports as well. Despite good quality, the menu was rather limited and nothing was too exciting, though I was quite pleased to try new Indiana breweries. Pricing was reasonable for everything.
01-03-2012 03:30:45 | More by Thorpe429
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is one of my favorite hangouts to go to for the last few years. The food is pretty authentic, as is the atmosphere, but the main reason I go is for the great beer at a reasonable price. Just the past week, they have had taps from ommegang, 3 floyds, bells and others. When KBS comes out, they have it very quickly and this is where I got to get some. The bar manager is a super cool guy and knows what beer is going to draw people in. This place can be packed in the evenings because it is a tad small, so try to go a little early on the weekends if you can.
I definitely recommend this place!
04-10-2011 23:18:55 | More by thebeerisgood
4.47/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I have been coming to Fiddler's off and on since I turned 21 (4 years), but it was not until the last year that I became a regular. It is the sort of pub that treats its regulars well and bothers to learn your name. It is this touch that makes Fiddler's more than just a nice pub. The selection is always improving it seems from just the locals (FFF, Bell's, Founders, Dark Horse), larger crafts (Stone, DFH) and traditional Isles beer to more exotic and interesting beer. Last night on tap, were Mojo, Monk's Cafe Flemish Red and Fade to Black Vol. Two. While Notre Dame students do venture to Fiddler's, those that appear are normally interested in good beer and do not diminish the atmosphere. At times it gets loud, but never too loud. The place does get packed, and there have been a few times where I couldn't get a table. Really my only complaint. Overall, if you are in South Bend, Fiddler's is well worth a visit. Best draft selection in town.
02-18-2011 17:41:26 | More by betsona
4.75/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This has been my main stop for a decent brew every since I got into craft beers years ago. Always a great time when i go here; Taps are always changing, really good at get allocated 1/6 barrels or cask as well, Jeremy their bartender is a very knowlegable beer geek, live music, and all around comfortable. With Notre Dame being in town we allways have a bunch of yuppies talk about being irish or keeping traditional alive...well this is probably the closest to ireland you will get in South Bend. I will be going to this place for a long time and hopefully my son will too. Great Place All Around
09-07-2010 00:54:13 | More by SuperNova777
4.05/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here the week before Memorial Day.
Woody, open Euro public house feel inside. Slow, but semi-knowledgeable service. Many people hanging out there almost looked like they could have been paid to dress the way they were and sit in the bar. Bunch of patrons came in and played Irish type music, just had a jam session I guess.
Solid Irish style food with some modern variation to jazz up some of the dishes. English/Irish heavy selection of beer, but a nice rotating selection of micros. Had the Letter of Marque Porter, interesting hoppy porter. Plenty of hoppy selections as well. Apparently they get some good smaller batch stuff from the mid-west as well. Looks to be about the only bar worth stopping in in South Bend.
07-11-2010 01:13:02 | More by Bung
4.68/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have never been to Ireland, but Fiddler's Hearth is what I imagine it would be like if I was able to travel there. It is a quaint place with easy chairs facing a fireplace, and long tables and benches for seating. Over the numerous times that I have been there, I have always had interesting conversations with people at the tables or bar. It is a very kid friendly place, in fact my 4 year old and I sit in front of the fire and read books after our meal. They make a mean hot chocolate with shaved chocolate and whipped cream for him.
They have close to 18 taps including a hand pull which is what I love. Over my visits, they have had Bells Porter and Two Hearted, Three Floyds Robert The Bruce, Clipper City Imperial Octoberfest, as well as others on the hand pull. The rest of the taps include a nice mix of Euro imports and US craft beers- not a single macro on tap here. Special release beers have included Bells Batch 9,000, Founders KBS, Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree, and others.
They also have special events including High Gravity night about twice a year and just recently had Tax Relief night featuring Schlafly Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, and a Schlafly cask IPA that had never previously been kegged or bottled.
Their menu covers food from all seven Celtic Nations and they have a daily fish and chip bar that is wonderful. My personal favorites are the boxtys and galettes.
Service is good and I've always been served with a smile. Music is featured seven nights a week and is usually local and traditional.
Fiddler's Hearth is definitely a public house where anyone can go at anytime of the day and gather for a good drink.
04-23-2010 15:32:45 | More by gratefulbeerhead
4.3/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This place is a hidden gem for beer and whiskey lovers in Northern Indiana. It is by no means a "destination" for beer like the Hopcat in Grand Rapids or The Map Room in Chicago but it is a must stop if you are in South Bend. If you live in the area it is the best we have.
they have about 20 taps and zero domestic light lagers. They generally have something from Three Floyds, Bells, Founders, Dark Horse, and some belgian draft like Chimay, Delirium, and Gouden.
The Food is outstading for what it is, Irish comfort food. It reminds of the way grandma would make it. Simply Outstanding!
The service is good and very nice, although sometimes they seem to be a bit under staffed.
All of they prices were very reasonable.
01-29-2010 16:12:21 | More by mrhighlife
Fiddler's Hearth Public House in South Bend, IN
94 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.