Heorot Pub and Draught House


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Heorot Pub and Draught HouseHeorot Pub and Draught House

Type: Bar, Eatery

219 S Walnut St
Muncie, Indiana, 47305-2803
United States

(765) 287-0173 | map

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Photo of kylegr
2.4/5  rDev -46.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Tons of beer to select from, but it's usually warm, flat, or they haven't turned the keg in a year. Cramped and dirty. Smells like feet. Food options are even worse than the smell. Service is hit and miss.

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Photo of Leinie
5/5  rDev +11.6%

World class selection of bottles and drafts, and knowledgable bartenders. This bar rivals those in much bigger cities, and if you are nearby it is worth a side trip.

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Photo of are_doubleyou
4/5  rDev -10.7%

The selection: When I visited there were about a dozen beers on tap and many, many more in bottles that I would readily drink all night. The selection is top notch with plenty of national, regional and local favorites. One of the best I have ever come across with plenty of 3 Floyds.

The atmosphere: The bar's decor is done up like a Viking hall with animal heads and armor. It's very cool. They also have a Pacman arcade game. The locals weren't particularly friendly, but weren't rude. If I lived in Muncie I would enjoy coming here regularly.

The service: This is why I only gave a bar with this amazing of a beer selection a 4. The bartenders would vanish for 5-10 minutes at a time (often just before I finished a beer). The bar was practically empty, but they would never stop and talk about beer with you when you asked them questions. One bartender told me that he didn't like even like beer and didn't have any knowledge of what local brews were worth trying. And the icing on the cake was when the bartender walked up and asked us if we wanted anything for last call an hour before their posted closing time. My friends and I were taken aback and I wondered if I was having a time zone issue, but he told us that they close early if business is slow. It might be a cultural Indianan thing, but I was not happy to be kicked out of a bar when I was doing nothing wrong because the employees want to go home early. Your posted hours are your hours. If you have one customer, you leave the bar open. They were very polite about cutting us off when we were doing nothing wrong and the cab driver told us it was standard procedure in the town, but I'm still not very happy about it.

Overall, it has a great beer list and a cool atmosphere, but if you aren't from Indiana you might find yourself blindsided by Midwestern passive-aggressiveness. I'm from downstate Illinois and I was shocked at the cultural difference in bar etiquette.

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Photo of neckbracesub
4.01/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The Heorot Pub and Draught House doesn't have a highly regarded reputation for no reason...this place has an extraordinary selection of craft beer both on draft and in bottles. For sheer volume of widespread variety, it is simply impossible to match up with this place. This is the main reason why I keep going back to this place.

With that being said, it's the area of service that puts a chink in the armor of the overall rating. It really just all depends on luck/what day and what time of day you go here to determine whether you'll get good service or not. The majority of the bartenders are not very personable, or they pick and choose which patrons to buddy up with and pretty much ignore others. It's a sad thing, really, because this place has absolutely everything going for it otherwise. I've given it many chances in the service department before making a quick judgment, but in the dozens of times I've been here I've had mediocre to poor service more than I've had a good experience.

The quality and selection are virtually incomparable, but the bartending (save for a couple of nice people) leaves something to be desired. The food is nothing to write home about, but that's not why you go here. I'll always go back due to its incredible rotating inventory of different beers. I just hope they address some of the service problems.

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Photo of Mcvs1507
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

If you live in Muncie and you regularly attend the Heorot consider yourself lucky! I have been going to the Heorot for a few years now and their selection is hands down the best in Indiana! I have been spoiled because of this. Anytime I go out of town to "Beer Bars" I laugh and say, "Is this the best you got, Two Hearted and Upland Wheat!" At the Heorot not only can you get those, along with Bells and Upland's other mainstays, you have a selection of several other rotating taps and hundreds of bottles to choose from. Not to mention all at a reasonable price! Heorot is a great place to get drinks with friends! And if you want a challenge try to get your name on the bar before the last spots are filled! There are only a few left!

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Photo of ultimatesamwood
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Near-world class beer selection. Great selection of taps and bottles.

Food is an afterthought, but you didn't come here for the food anyway.

Decor is medieval--Herot is the mead hall from Beowulf. Zero televisions, tall ceilings, a fire-breathing dragon along one wall, shields, axes, chain mail--and shitty macrodomestic cans skewered on swords!

Wolf's Head Brewery is now operating out of the Heorot. Good stuff!

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Photo of jale
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Walking into this place from the daylight you need night-vision goggles. Very dark and cluttered. Nothing fancy here just a great selection of beer. They have around 60 taps with a nice variety of styles. They also have a huge bottle list with bottles as old as 1988. Prices are very reasonable. They staff is very helpful and they seem to have a passion for good beer. The food selection is minimal. This place is a must stop if you are anywhere near Muncie. I was able to pick up 2 bottles of J.W. Lees harvest ale from 1988 for only 18 dollars each. Hard to believe you can find something that old anywhere.

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Photo of ModemMisuser
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What else can be said about this place? The decor and mood of the place are well-described, and I shan't try to add to that.

My wife and I have been here twice - the first time right at open, and it was dead. (Of course.) The second time after 10 on a Saturday night, and it was lively and fun. Both times were awesome; totally different mood, but both completely awesome.

The place is an 85 mile drive for us, and it's good enough that we'll be making said drive once a month or so, unless weather prevents us (winter).

Great staff, great decor/feel, and hell, you might see WOLVES. What else can you want?

Well - except Korpiklaani's "Wooden Pints" on the juke. :D

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Photo of zrab11
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This is the Best place in Muncie...heck BEST place in INDIANA.. If you have not been here you HAVE TO GO! The staff there is rediculous! They are soo knowledgeable. They have 300+ bottles of beer and 60 beers on tap. They update their menu and beer every 2 weeks! I will be going here for the rest of my life. Its the only thing keeping me in Muncie..haha

They are going to also become a Brew pub sometime this summer! can't wait!

IF you LOVE beer go here. You will fall in love with its medevil decor and great staff!

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Herot is located in downtown Muncie on Walnut off Jackson. Street parking appears to be pretty abundant in the immediate area.

The inside is dark with a vaguely medieval look. Lots of wood, weapons on the walls, racks, etc. The bar runs along the right side with booth seating on the left. Taps are located at intervals along the entire bar. The only ding on atmosphere is the smoking they allow inside.

As for the beers, there is a very robust list both on draught and in bottles. There are around 50 taps with brewers like Sun King, Thirsty Dog, Three Floyds, New Albanian, Victory, DFH, Upland and more. They offer growlers for most if not all of these beers. In addition there are 100s of bottles, categorized by style in a handy menu. There are tons of domestic craft beers plus imports from just about everywhere.

Service on an early weekday afternoon was good. The bartenders were knowledgeable about their beer and were efficient.

The food I had was to-go, and no complaints about the pizza.

Overall this is a nice find in Muncie and is worth going out of the way to check out if you get the chance.

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Photo of brundo4
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Wow. This place is something. The beer is super cheap for the quality and the selection is out of this world. In one trip I had black biscuit, '07 Stone RIS, Left Hand Fade to Black, Ham on Rye, and many others which my now-sober ass can't even remember. I would go back here in a heart beat. There's a rumor that they have so much beer that some of it isn't very fresh, because the move it too slow, but I think that's speculation because everything I had here was on point. Seriously though, if you're within an hour and a half of this place, it would behoove you to check it out.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2

A dark cavern of a place. I am thinking that the light of day is not the time to enjoy the Heorot. It's just to dingy and dark place. That being said, the selection is beyond reproach. World Class is an understatement. I was just swinging through so I only got to enjoy one of my favorite beers on tap, Double Trouble, while I scanned the bottle list and all the draft options. The list is completely mind boggling and I can not wait to while away a couple hours with a few friends and this list. The pizza we had was fine but a couple more options wouldn't hurt. With this beer selection though, they could serve stale crackers and I would be back.

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Photo of youngblood
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I love this place. I make the hour long trek or so a couple times a month. This place is very odd as far as atmosphere goes. It's decorated after the supposed hall that Beowulf had.

This place has the largest beer selection of any pub/bar I've ever been to. There are well over 40 taps in this place, plus some 600+ bottled. I remember being there when Bell's Oberon came out. They had a special going on that night. It was $3.50 for a pint plus the matching glassware. Refills were $2.50.

The pizza is amazing. Worth the drive just for that. If you live in Indiana, try to make it there just once for the new year.

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Photo of xfactor9600
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Heorot is worth the 30-45 minute drive from my house. Once or twice a quarter my friend (Ball State Grads) and I head to Muncie to have a pizza and an afternoon beer or 4 at the Heorot.

The selection on tap and in bottles is a rotating experience everytime we go. Never fear they have old standbys as well. Apparently they used to have some sort of drinking club when my friends were in college (in the round the world of beers type style).

The staff is great and is very helpful in selecting a new beer to try.

If you are within 2 hours of Muncie, it's worth a stop in.

Make sure you grab a pizza. Worth the trip alone.

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Photo of jtothamo
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Heorot is the kind of place where you want to gather with friends to enjoy a tasty pint, a nice cigar, and hours of conversation. It is my absolute favorite pub, period.

The amazing selections of beers on tap and in bottles is practically mind-numbing. It's the kind of place where you could visit every day for two years and still not drink the same beer twice. They always have what you're looking for...and the knowledgeable staff makes great recommendations.

I could go on for hours about the selection, the atmosphere, the service, and the reasonable prices (don't drink anywhere else in Muncie...the Heorot has the best selection and the best prices).

I'll basically just say that you have to try it. If you are within 2 hours of Muncie, IN, you need to make the trip.

The lunch specials are fantastic (usually a great amount of food for less than $3 with purchase of a beverage...the Friday $2.50 pizzas are legendary).

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Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Heorot was on my list of must-stop beer places on a recent trip through Indiana. If you find yourself anywhere in vicinity, it's certainly worth a detour.

Lots of taps, I didn't bother counting. A binder lists draft beer by style, and bottled beer by state and country of origin. Eclectic tap selection. lots of regional & midwest stuff, with many quality imports mixed in. I had an Ar Dri from Upland, Bells Two Hearted, and a Warbird beer from Ft. Wayne IN (kinda old bottle). They have an annual cellar sale to rotate the old inventory for cheap, for what it's worth. Lots of Stone and 3 Floyds.

There were lofty ceilings, wood beams and benches, many antler racks and assorted weaponry on the walls. The taps were set into a row of nine old barrels. There were giant bottles of Corsendonk and Piraat available behind the bar.

Food was very tasty, I had a 12" pizza for under $5. Couldn't stop eating it, must have been the glorious bacon chunks it was topped with. Pizzas were made to order, and the menu had several other very affordable options. The digital jukebox was pretty extensive. Met some cool people here, and the crowd in general seemed friendly. I'll return again for sure someday.

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Photo of spartan2k
4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visited The Heorot while in town over the weekend, and was blown away. The bar itself isn't anything special - just a viking themed bar with large wooden benches. A little too much smoke for my taste, but I am used to non-smoking bars.

Outstanding beer selection, and I was blown away by how cheap the prices were. They had craft beers for $1.75 a pint (Dark Horse Raspberry Ale, Red Seal, etc.). Other beers were extremely reasonable (like Hopslam for $3.75).

Bartenders were very nice and extremely helpful. I will definitely be frequenting this place when I move to Muncie this summer.

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Photo of Halldog
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Amazing.... that is the only word to describe Heorot! My favorite pub by far! First heard of this place while attending school in nearby Anderson and have been going back ever since. I am not able to get there as often now that we live 800 miles away but we do visit family in Indianapolis at least once a year and we always make it a point to take the 50 mile trek to this place! Food is a decent pub fare. Decent cigar selection too! May have trouble finding this place as it is not greatly advertised. Has to be the best bar in Indiana, if not the whole midwest!

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

WOW! Went to this place because I was in the area on business. What a discovery! This place is quite a BEER HAVEN. I couldn't believe that they could keep such a diverse selection fresh. But it seems that they rotate beers in and out. I had to give the selection a '5' for anything imagineable! They have an incredible selection!

The place seems to be 'hoppin'' all the time... people come from miles around just to sample the better beers available.

As for atmoshpere, it's a little small, crowded and smokey. They're trying for a medieval theme... but it's really just a lot of swords laying around and mounted on the walls with a lot of beer memorabilia mixed in... The real draw back is the smoke....

Food choices are limited but OK. I had one of their pizzas and it was OK. I'm not too sure that they offered much else.

It seems that they put all their money into procuring new and exciting beers.... that's what the people come for.... my opinion is that they could drop some good money and dress this place up.... but the clientel probably wouldn't care. It is what it is.

So there you go.... a mixed review. Selection, and service are top-notch. Atmosphere and food, average.

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Photo of hrking
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The only reason this place is not listed as the #1 place in the USA to have a beer is the location..If this establishment was in a larger city it would be!
Let's just say i'm glad it's not because it is local for me and I frequent this place...It's nice to go where they know your name when you walk through he door..

54 Taps
500+ bottles
All I can say is this place is a must visit and well worth the short drive off the interstate if you're ever in the Muncie area..
Known as "STUDIO A" on the GOOD BEER SHOW this place is a beer lovers mecca of palette drool ...Tell them the gang at the GOOD BEER SHOW sent ya and you get a free beer!! No just kidding..LOL..But say hi and drop the info!..
The beer list is a whose who of Midwest Royality BELL's, FFF's, Upland, Founders..killer draft selection and the bottled selection is bar none the best you will find anywhere in the Midwest...oh and did I mention a cellar of vintage beers to DROOL for!!!

This place does serve food but have a brew with it ..Mid evil atmosphere full of Viking lore ala Beowulf's complete with a Dragon winding through the wall and swords and shields and skulls adorn the walls on this pub..You would swear you were somewhere in England or Ireland,Scotland having a brew inside this dimly lit beer hall...All I can say is that if you're in the area VISIT THIS PLACE!!! You won't be sorry ..At least put it on your bucket list for your coast to coast pub crawl... Hat's off to STAN (the owner) for maintaining this STELLAR establishment!

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4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This is almost the kind of place you dont tell anybody about because you want to keep it all to yourself, it is that good.

Visited this long standing beer bar for the first time about 4 weeks ago and plan to return many many times. I is in the middle of the old downtown district and you would almost mistake it for a hole in the wall by how small the front of this beer bar seems to be. But that is very much just a illusion as it is very long and spacious inside. The inside looks like a mix between an old irish hunting lodge and a medevil brew house. The bar stretches two thirds the length of the bar. Old fashioned long wooden tables flank the sength of the bar. Twords the back are round tables where you can get away from the congestion of the bar area and read a book or play cards. There is a fire place and even a digital jukebox.

The beer selection is amazing. While there I had a Fantabulous Resplendece and a Grotten Brown, I was flying. Bottled selection included Many Bells, Three floyds, And a nice selection of Belgiums. I had the pizza while enjoying my brews which was on special for 2.50 on Fridays. It was decent but two much for one person to eat.

I left very happy with a carry out order of Bells batch 7000...Wow!

Very highly recomended destination.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I loved this place! One of the best bars I have ever been to. They had a HUGE selection of beers on tap. They even had DFH 90 minute IPA on tap and for me this was HUGE! I had been dying to try it. They had a huge selection of bottles also. A lot of imports and domestic micros. I went in probably around 9-10. The place was pretty full and everyone having a good time. The guy behind the bar seemed a bit grumpy to us but when a few people walked in that he seemed to know seemed very friendly, he was very quick with getting the beers and whatnot so I would say it was good service. Also they have pizza in there for $4.00 for a whole pizza. I didn't try it since we just ate but didn't look to bad and I saw people coming in and getting it to go. It must of been pretty good. There was a lot of wood inside. Big wood tables and benches and a long wooden bar. Very cool little place. Also had some dart boards. If I lived in Muncie I would be here close to every night.

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Photo of tonedef131
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Normally I wouldn't review a bar but this place is incredible. A few buddies of mine got to school at BSU, so of course we went here when I visited.

This is by far the best beer bar I have ever been to. They must have had 40 beers on tap plus a 1988 JW Lees on cask. On top of that they have almost anything you can think of in a bottle. Although I did hear a couple of people complaining about the beer there really wasn't too many BMC drinkers there. The closest thing they sold was Fosters, which I liked because it keeps the frat boys and average college idiots trying to get trashed out of here.

It really wasn't very busy when we showed up, but that quickly changed and the first floor was quickly filled. We gave up our table after eating a mediocre (but very fairly priced) pizza and a couple of pitchers of beer to go to the more quiet upstairs. The midevil theme from the first floor continues upstairs. Since there was no one else on the second floor we wandered around and found a theatre in one end of the building. Night of the Living Dead was in the DVD Player so we hit play and watched that while continuing our drinking.

The beer was incredibly easy on the wallet. They were selling Two-hearted ale, Alpha King, and Youngs oatmeal stout amoungst others for $2 a pint. Although I did pay $11 for a bottle of Dreadnought and a $10 bottle of Raison D'Extra, you can drink much cheaper if you want. Even a pint of the cask JW Lees was only slightly over $5. There was a lot of rare beers such as Dogfish Head Fort and Pangaea to be had as well. I finished with a $3.75 bottle of batch 6000.

The Heorot becons me to come back even now that I am home. I will definatly be going to see my friends as often as I can simply to experience this place over and over.

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Photo of winomark
4/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Thanks to the only review here on BA and a helpful gentleman at a local liquor store, we ventured into a quiet downtown Muncie in search of this place. Even at 9 on a Thursday night, the place was quite empty when we arrived, but picked up as the band started to set up.

The place has quite a medeival feel, with swords, sheilds, dragons etc. with large communal tables and a roaring fireplace where most of the people huddled around.

The service was slow at first, but after getting served, and talking beer with one of the bartenders, we were taken better care of.

The selection is amazing, both in bottles and on draft. DFH 90 IPA, and lots of Bell's on draft, including Batch 6000! In the bottles, the entire Bell's lineup, including a few bottles of Batch 5000 still left. Also available are selections from North Coast, Goose Island, and Stone. Also great selection of Belgians and UK brews as well. Wish I had a few days to sample all of the stuff I was eyeing.

Definately a place to stop in when you get to Muncie. Too bad I only had one night in town.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

During my college years, I attended Ball State University: known most only for its famous alumni, David Letterman. Unfortunately, the drinking scene is like most college campuses. Expect Natural Light at every gas station, and expect students to think that "good beer" is Budweiser. Most campus bars cater to this crowd: the best beer you'll find on tap near the village will be Sierra Nevada Pale, if you're lucky.

The Heorot stands in stark contrast to these unfortunate conditions. You'll find this local pub only by travelling far away from BSU; it is part of a beautiful reclamation of the once-booming downtown area. Amazingly, they don't even have Budweiser or Miller on tap: the worst beer you'll be able to find would be Corona, and you'll only get that in bottles.

The interior is much like the name suggests: you might expect to encounter Grendel or Beowulf, evoked even more by its long-benched mead-hall appearance and dragon imagery. With high ceilings and a very long bar, this mead-hall (oops, beer-hall) transcends its surroundings.

And the beer, dear god the beer! On an average day, you'll find about 20 good beers on tap. Some of my favorites you'll always find on draught are Bell's, Three Floyds, Rogue, and Young's. Once a year or so, you'll find something cask-conditioned. Whenever i'm in, I try and convince them to get these more often.

The bottled selection is damned good too. Lots of Dogfish Head you might have to go to Indy for - in fact I couldn't even find the 120 minute IPA until I made it to this pub. Moreover, there is quite a selection of Belgian beers in the bottle.

The food at the Heorot isn't anything out of this world, but it is more than passable for pub-grub. Their hot sandwiches are damned good, and you can get a pizza for $2 on Friday with a drink purchase. My only possible complaint is that you often have to work to get served (quite busy at certain times) and they do favor regulars, but who wouldn't.

Other great points: the Heorot has cheap Guinness and Heineken on sunday and they allow take-out sales of all bottled beers and even fill growlers.

The prices are competitive: most draft pints average $2.75 - with the occasional bite of something like DFH 90, at $5. Bottles follow a similar pricing curve.

All in all, a great place to meet up with friends or enjoy a pint in great surroundings. You'll often see professors quaffing pints and grading papers. The bartenders are also cool - people who are in the know about good beer. If you show an interest in good beer, they'll really cater to you.

Definetely the best watering hole in most all of Indiana, excluding a few Indy bars. Good beer, good prices, good service, good food. If they only had cask-conditioned ales more often, I wouldn't drink anywhere else.

If you are in the area, PLEASE check out this pub. I promise you will not be disappointed. Rumor has it that they are working on a on-site brewery...

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Heorot Pub and Draught House in Muncie, IN
4.48 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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