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Heroe's Bar & Grill

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Heroe's Bar & GrillHeroe's Bar & Grill
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

125 W Santa Fe
Fullerton, California, 92832
United States
phone: (714) 738-4356

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Photo of ALECOHOLIC
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

I should have reviewed this place when I first found BA. Heroes opened when I became "legal". I have many fond memories of this place, what with me being a Fullerton "Towny", and all. Heroes moved about 3 years back, from Wilshire down to Santa Fe, about 3 blocks. They are near the train station (across Harbor Blvd) and have far more space than the old joint. The beer selection is "dependable" in my opinion. There are always a few Belgians and usually several barley wine or strong ale categorie beers on tap. Old Foghorn (along with the other Anchor varities), Guardian (and 4 other Stone taps), Sierra is well represented (I enjoyed a BIg Foot draft), Old Nick and Salvatore are usually on tap. There are about 130 tap heads and most are Cal micros. There is a patio and the place is set up with scattered tables and a long bar.
Think Goat Hill with a cleaning lady.
Food is better than "pub fare" but the portions are rediculous big.
If any of you guys are taking the Amtrak between San Diego and Los Angeles, stop in Fullerton for a pint or two (especially when heading for Carlsbad from points north ;] )

ALECOHOLIC, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.14/5  rDev +1%

After meeting fellow local BA OCbrewfish at Hollingshead’s Delicatessen, I decided to take him up on his most gracious offer of a tour around Fullerton.

So after a few brews at Hollingshead’s Deli and a trip to the Town & Liquor Store we headed into downtown to try out the “new” Fullerton Heroes, I say new because I recall the old Heroes which I visited only once when I first came to the US in September 2001.

We parked in the adjoining car lot. The “new” Fullerton Heroes seems much bigger and better laid out. The whole exterior has a bare brick look, the entrance is set back and into the frontage, which allows room for a couple of tables and chairs at the front on the right as you walk in.

Once inside the bare brick theme is continued inside. Areas to the left and right of the front contains a handful of Tables & Chairs and was frequented by many diners. At the back more space is turned over to seating and right at the back large doors open out to a covered deck area which is a real sun trap and a cool place to hang out. Toilets are on the way to the back and are clean and well kept.

The most important part of Heroes, the lovely looking wooden bar, runs to your left hand side for some distance, it has to, for behind the bar three large stainless steel panels contains twin upper and lower rows of taps which sit back against the wall. In total, some 119 Taps line the back wall and they serve a pretty good range of brews. A great portfolio of brews is welcome, yet sadly, and quite incredulously, there is no beer list – so it is hard to peruse the selection with some comfort. This is a serious drawback I think, I know the range changes but you can at least print a list for the regular brews and maybe add a chalkboard for the special and/or rotating guest beers couldn’t you!?! I would think so. It takes a keen eye to know each and every one of the tap handles or even recognize new beers that you haven’t tried before, especially when looking at them from behind the bar, it also means that you have to walk up & down the Bar in order to check out the beer range, which can be annoying for those sat at the bar as you stand behind them, or worse lean over them, to check out those hard to read tap handles. The range is wide but does include a lot of macros, imports and those weird fruity Ciders and funky brews, yet in and amongst the taps there will be something to suit everyone, even the most discerning drinker. You can get your favorite in cool 40 ounce Mugs too.

I have tried the food at the Heroes in Claremont, and its good solid Pub grub, it seems like the fare is the same here, though I never tried any during my visit.

Service was good but a tad confused at times. When OCbrewfish asked for one of the Rogue offerings (was it Dead Guy Ale!?) he was told it wasn’t on and tapped out, however, the looking at the tap you couldn’t tell so the cute looking woman with the lovely brown eyes that served us went to the Tap anyway – and promptly pulled a pint of said beer!! So it was on. Granted it is tough to keep track of 119 Taps but they need to work a better system for doing so – including tagging or bagging the taps that are out.

A very cool place to hang out and I am sure it rocks on Fridays and weekend nights. Recommended, just bust their balls about maybe getting a bloody beer list.

Thanks to OCbrewfish for the ride out to the Town & Country!

Last Visit: Saturday 16th July, 2005

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of joecast
4.06/5  rDev -1%

located off the southern end of harbor in fullerton, just before the dip in the road to pass under the r/r tracks. santa fe is a pretty small side street so keep an eye for the road signs (hint: its not one of the main cross streets with a light and big sign).

pretty cozy place. the peanut shells on the floor say "come on in, and make yourself at home". well, to me they do. other than that though, this place is pretty clean and modern, just check the restrooms. of course i was there pretty early on a weekday.

sat at a table oppostie the bar and the server was there pretty quickly to wipe it down and ask what we would like. i asked for a beer menu but there was none to be had. unfortunate as it would be much nicer and easier to review the large tap list from the comfort of a table than looking over some strangers shoulder who is sitting at the bar.

the taps are arranged in three banks, all with one row above the other. high ratio of import to domestic (probably higher than i would like, but thats just me) with plenty of german, spaten in particular, and english brews available.
domestic had the usual bmc stuff, (with some taps doubled up at each end of the bar which could be a good thing when its crowded) as well as some stone, firestone walker, redhook, and some others. didnt notice many bottles along or below the bar.
this could be a really fantastic selection, but its just not terribly adventurous (well, ok, other than double bastard). cut out a few bland imports and drop the doubles of bmc and replace them with... well you get the idea.

overall this place is more likely catering to the younger college crowd, and im sure they do it very well. if i went to school, or even just lived nearby, id be here plenty. its a fun place with a better than average beer selection.

joecast, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

I prefer to go to this Heroe's because they have a more extensive beer list. But that's just about the only reason.

I have been here a few times and each time I'm reminded of why I don't go here more often, despite the fact that it has one of the better tap lists in the area.

During the day or on a non-weekend night, it is okay. But if you're there on a Friday or Saturday night, or even on a Thursday, it's going to be FULL of the typically low-brow Downtown Fullerton Bar crowd.

The place itself is decorated with plenty of antique trinkets, signs, and even bicycles. Everyone is given packages of peanuts upon sitting down and throwing the shells on the floor is standard operating procedure.

The beer list is fairly large, offering a lot of Stone, some Anderson Valley, Bootleggers, Firestone, a few German beers, Chimay (Blue), and your typical Fat Tire, Sierra Nevada, Guiness, and a slew of BMC beers. Surprisingly they also have Lindeman's Framboise and Pomme, but both are bottles only and are pricey at $9 for a 375ml bottle. They also offer a few ciders.

The service is fine. Nothing to write home about, but never bad either. The one thing I would advise against is splitting up a check if you're with a group and everyone is paying separately. I've had HUGE problems with this here.

The food is your typical bar food. I generally get some sort of burger or sandwich, which are good, big and come with a ridiculously large order of fries. The sandwiches tend to be $9-12 with other dishes being the same or more expensive.

womencantsail, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of SwillinBrew
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

Well, i've been going here since it was the old Heroes at the old place during my Cal State Fullerton days... that was like 15 years ago when i thought Moosehead was living large. I even remember when they got this new beer called Arrogant Bastard. "Hmph, it taste kind of funny... i'll have to pass" Ahhh, the silly days of youth.

Anyways, this place has a nice down home warm pub feel to it. It's in old town fullerton with large windows in the front and the building exterior is all red brick. The inside has lot's of dark wood with many little bar lights, xmas lights, little lights, all adding to make a comfy subdued atmoshpere. Like your living room when the fireplace is lit and the lights on the xmas tree are on. Beautiful long wooden bar with all the 100 plus taps lined up behind. The service is quick, friendly and the waitresses all seem to have the little college gal cutie look to them. Very nice. There's also a nice sized patio out in the back. The vibe is friendly with many families and college kids in the mix.
The food is quite tasty pub fare leaning on the gourmet side, hot and flavorful. The portions are rather large, not quite like Claim Jumper's, but getting there, which is fine by me.
The beers are all the standard micros and macros. You'll find Stone, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Chimay, etc. I wish they would adventure out some and get some micro specialties like something from Pizza Port, Alesmith, Craftsmen... but at least they always seem to have the Stone seasonal that's out.

I'd go here more often if I lived a bit closer. Check this place out. Quite nice.

SwillinBrew, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev -2.4%

(Revised 8/18/09)

The highlight for any beer drinker walking around downtown Fullerton, Heroe's offers a large number of taps, a friendly sports bar atmosphere, and huge portions of food. Even when it gets packed, there's plenty of room to stand around while you drink. The bar area is dominated with hundreds of black and white photos, several televisions, and assorted beer signage. Speaking of beer....

Although there's plenty of mass-produced beer here, there's also plenty of solid to very good craft beer here, as well as higher-end imports. The beers always tastes fresh, but they serve their beer in smaller 14 ounce shakers, not 16 ounce pints. The beer is already expensive here....a 14 ounce Newcastle goes for $6, which comes to a $6.86 pint!! It's one of the most expensive pints in OC. Another downside is the beer selection rarely changes. On a more positive note, you get to choose from beers like Arrogant Bastard, Firestone, Anderson Valley, Kostritzer, Lindeman's Pomme, Bootlegger's, Chimay White, Fuller's, and lots more (prices may vary). If you feel adventurous, go for a 32 ounce mug (about $11).

The food is served in HUUGGEEE portions. The sandwiches are quite sizeable, but they give you enough fries to feed a group of three (I'm not kidding). But more importantly, it's pretty good.

Its lack of beer rotation and many mass-appeal macros keep this bar out of the Beachwood BBQ/Hollingshead's class of OC bars. That being said, I would recommend this place to any beer lover or sport bar aficionado.

DoubleJ, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of OlieIPA
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%

Another place that I visit frequently...this is a great place to get some good beer! Located next to Fullerton College, many college students venture here to not only meet the opposite sex...but to obtain some good quality beer. Heroe's has a great selection of beer...I would say roughly 60 to 80 beers on tap. There is only two things I would have to criticize about there selection. First of all, they don't seem to change out any of there beers. Secondly, they don't have enough stouts. LOL. Other then that, this is a great place to go when you just want to hang out with your buddies and grab a pint.

OlieIPA, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%

Heroes is located on the main drag in Fullerton on Harbor/Sante Fe. There is parking on the street throughout the area.

The space is fairly large with lots of high tables and the bar near one entrance. Table seating is more prevalent near the other entrance. The bar boasts a huge mirror and there are bison heads along with a clear view of all the taps. There are peanut shells everywhere as they are passed out to all patrons. In addition there is a beer menu available.

As for the taps, there are at least 100 which is amazing. However on closer inspection more than half are macros or common brews. Still there are plenty of gems including New Belgium, Pyramid, Stone, The Bruery, Bootlegger, Karl Strauss, Kona, Moylan's and many more. A good amount of imports as well.

Service was good on a weekday early evening. The bartenders had a good grasp of the beer list and made other recommendations on beer spots in the area.

I did not have any food on this visit (other than peanuts).

Overall this is a good spot to hit in Fullerton. Not the best to place to go if you want to try new brews all night but worthwhile nonetheless.

Dogbrick, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of quidquam
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%

A hopping bar and grill in Fullerton. I went there during early january 2004, and they still had christmas lights up everywhere, which made the place much too well lit. However, they had a great beer selection, and serve giant 40oz mugs of good beer. I only had 1, as I had come there from the bar next door, but it was an Erdinger hefeweizen. I didn't count, but I'd guess over 40 beers on tap or more. Good selection!

Atmosphere is young and trendy, but there were also a few families to be seen. Service was cute and flirtatious, which I liked. And we never found ourselves waiting to be served. The only food we ordered were some nachos, which were too much food for the 6 of us. Yes. You read that right, it's a lot of nachos.

I will definitely be back.

quidquam, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

fthegiants, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

jeff1973, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of kbm
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

I like Heroes. I usually visit once a month or so and I've been going for a few years.

It's always packed and it's always loud. Even when the place is a zoo, I usually have no problem walking up to the bar and getting a beer.

They have some where around 100 taps and there are always a few beers worth trying. They are light on the smaller craftier micro brews but have plenty of Anderson Valley, Firestone and Stone. There's a respectable selection of German/British imports.

The food portions are huge. Really, they're too big. The food is okay. It's never great and rarely bad.

It's worth a visit if you are in the mood to drink a lot.

kbm, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of BeerDonkey
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%

Great college bar if you want a happening spot with a fun atmosphere and a wide range of beer choices. However, for beer geeks this in not a place to find any "special" beers. Although they had what seemed like a 50 draft beers, 80-90% of them are really nothing special -all of these are regularly available at most supermarkets. Out of the 6-7 left that were interesting, 4 were tapped out.

Prices:
The nachos were a good deal, a half order of nachos was enough for 3 people.

Beer:
6$ for a 13oz pint of local microbrew (non-belgian)seems a little high in my book.

Overall:
Great place to party. If you're really looking for good beer, go to Taps Fish House, blows this place out of the water for quality of beer.

BeerDonkey, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Rollzroyce21, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%

Went here sunday 11/8/09. Sat outside as to not wait for a table. They have a pretty good list of taps to choose from. I ended up going with a pint of Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout at $6. It was the worst beer pour imaginable. I was outside so I did not witness it, so I'm not sure if the waitress poured the beer or bartender. The glass came to me with about 3/4 head and 1/4 beer, I was in conversation when it showed up so I waited untill the beer settled and it ended up less then 3/4 full, I informed the waitress she looked confused and came back with the beer topped off but still not a proper poor. The food is good and in large quantity.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Nov 09, 2009
Heroe's Bar & Grill in Fullerton, CA
92 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.