Heroe's Bar & Grill
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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
The highlight for any beer drinker walking around downtown Fullerton, Heroe's offers a large number of taps, a friendly sports bar atmosphere, and huge portions of food. Even when it gets packed, there's plenty of room to stand around while you drink. The bar area is dominated with hundreds of black and white photos, several televisions, and assorted beer signage. Speaking of beer....
Although there's plenty of mass-produced beer here, there's also plenty of solid to very good craft beer here, as well as higher-end imports. The beers always tastes fresh, but they serve their beer in smaller 14 ounce shakers, not 16 ounce pints. The beer is already expensive here....a 14 ounce Newcastle goes for $6, which comes to a $6.86 pint!! It's one of the most expensive pints in OC. Another downside is the beer selection rarely changes. On a more positive note, you get to choose from beers like Arrogant Bastard, Firestone, Anderson Valley, Kostritzer, Lindeman's Pomme, Bootlegger's, Chimay White, Fuller's, and lots more (prices may vary). If you feel adventurous, go for a 32 ounce mug (about $11).
The food is served in HUUGGEEE portions. The sandwiches are quite sizeable, but they give you enough fries to feed a group of three (I'm not kidding). But more importantly, it's pretty good.
Its lack of beer rotation and many mass-appeal macros keep this bar out of the Beachwood BBQ/Hollingshead's class of OC bars. That being said, I would recommend this place to any beer lover or sport bar aficionado.
03-19-2007 06:05:02 | More by DoubleJ
4.14/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
After meeting fellow local BA OCbrewfish at Hollingsheads Delicatessen, I decided to take him up on his most gracious offer of a tour around Fullerton.
So after a few brews at Hollingsheads 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 couldnt 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 havent 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 wasnt on and tapped out, however, the looking at the tap you couldnt 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
07-17-2005 19:43:08 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.84/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Heroes is located on the main drag in Fullerton on Harbor/Sante Fe. There is parking on the street throughout the area.
The space is fairly large with lots of high tables and the bar near one entrance. Table seating is more prevalent near the other entrance. The bar boasts a huge mirror and there are bison heads along with a clear view of all the taps. There are peanut shells everywhere as they are passed out to all patrons. In addition there is a beer menu available.
As for the taps, there are at least 100 which is amazing. However on closer inspection more than half are macros or common brews. Still there are plenty of gems including New Belgium, Pyramid, Stone, The Bruery, Bootlegger, Karl Strauss, Kona, Moylan's and many more. A good amount of imports as well.
Service was good on a weekday early evening. The bartenders had a good grasp of the beer list and made other recommendations on beer spots in the area.
I did not have any food on this visit (other than peanuts).
Overall this is a good spot to hit in Fullerton. Not the best to place to go if you want to try new brews all night but worthwhile nonetheless.
09-17-2010 20:05:37 | More by Dogbrick
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Stopped here for dinner with my buddy after a mini-beer crawl around the Vista area.
Had Drake 1500 and a Mission Street Session Pale Ale (the name escapes me). Both seemed fresh and good. The food was decent, big portions which was appreciated after consuming many beers throughout the day.
Free peanuts at the bar. Service was quick and more than helpful.
The one comment is that this place turns into a college bar with many colorful drinks being poured toward the end of our visit. A great place to meet people but loses the craft beer/pub aspect as the night progresses and becomes more like a club. So if that's your thing, cool, if not, go for lunch.
06-18-2013 22:02:35 | More by claspada
4.05/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I prefer to go to this Heroe's because they have a more extensive beer list. But that's just about the only reason.
I have been here a few times and each time I'm reminded of why I don't go here more often, despite the fact that it has one of the better tap lists in the area.
During the day or on a non-weekend night, it is okay. But if you're there on a Friday or Saturday night, or even on a Thursday, it's going to be FULL of the typically low-brow Downtown Fullerton Bar crowd.
The place itself is decorated with plenty of antique trinkets, signs, and even bicycles. Everyone is given packages of peanuts upon sitting down and throwing the shells on the floor is standard operating procedure.
The beer list is fairly large, offering a lot of Stone, some Anderson Valley, Bootleggers, Firestone, a few German beers, Chimay (Blue), and your typical Fat Tire, Sierra Nevada, Guiness, and a slew of BMC beers. Surprisingly they also have Lindeman's Framboise and Pomme, but both are bottles only and are pricey at $9 for a 375ml bottle. They also offer a few ciders.
The service is fine. Nothing to write home about, but never bad either. The one thing I would advise against is splitting up a check if you're with a group and everyone is paying separately. I've had HUGE problems with this here.
The food is your typical bar food. I generally get some sort of burger or sandwich, which are good, big and come with a ridiculously large order of fries. The sandwiches tend to be $9-12 with other dishes being the same or more expensive.
09-27-2009 19:36:55 | More by womencantsail
4.55/5 rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Heroe's is located in the downtown of Fullerton...it is a little off the beaten path, but if you make sure to turn right before you go under the bridge, you will be just fine. Heroe's is a popular location for college students and 20-30 somethings in the area. They have about 80-100 beers on tap and almost all of them are pretty standard fare. They have everything from PBR to Arrogant Bastard. They even get the Double Bastard and some great Sierra Nevada and Anchor Brewing seasonals on tap.
The great thing about Heroe's is the environment and the free peanuts. It is pretty much geared toward "sports bar" and "family" type environments. The floor is littered with peanut shells and the food is fantastic. They also serve pints and giant mugs, so they are rather popular in that regard. I am very fond of the Nachos, the mahi mahi sandwich and the clam chowder in the breadbowl. They have the most amazing curly fries and their portions are GIGANTIC...beware of big plates.
I suggest hitting this place up a the end of the night because they have a lot of different styles of beers to fit every need. Also, they serve all kinds of drinks, so even if you aren't in a beer enthusiast group, you will be just fine.
Enjoy...who knows, maybe I'll see you there! This is one of my favorite spots to hit in the area.
04-19-2006 03:02:49 | More by PuckLSHS
4.16/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Heroe's Bar and Grill is located just off Harbor Blvd. in the city of Fullerton. Make sure you turn west off Harbor, I turned east and ended up near the train station, go past the sign that says Soco District. Once in there, the place looks like a maritime tavern meets dive bar meets German beer hall, with Christmas lights, that's the best I can describe it. At the bar there are well over 100 drafts, nothing really caught my eye as rare, but there were dozens I would have been happy drinking that night. On a Tuesday night, my birthday incidentally, at about 6:30 pm, the place wasn't that crowded, but the bar was close to capacity, there were about two or three seats left. I ordered a Racer 5 on tap, and it was spot on, delicious. It was $10 for one of those quart/liter mugs, but it worked out to about $5 a pint, which really isn't that bad in Orange County. With Led Zeppelin on the juke box, the Lakers kicking the crap out of the Pacers, and a fresh Racer 5, I was having a good time. While a bit out of my way, when I pass Orangethorpe or La Palma, I feel like I'm in the Far North, it is a place if I was a local Fullertonian I would frequent often. Didn't have a lot of time in there, but from what I saw, it's a really good bar.
11-21-2007 17:20:46 | More by Halcyondays
4.05/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
10-06-2006 23:10:23 | More by SwillinBrew
Heroe's Bar & Grill in Fullerton, CA
91 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.