Heorot Pub and Draught House

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97
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25 Reviews
Heorot Pub and Draught HouseHeorot Pub and Draught House
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(765) 287-0173 | map
theheorotpub.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
40
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 40
Reviews by jale:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of stashcraft08
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Photo of Steve_N
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Photo of HMAN6911
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of jjwisenheimer
3.63/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Hopportunistic
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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 kdg119
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 1.5

Great service, Great atmospere & GREAT beer selection. Food prices are amazing, but don't expect very many options.

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Photo of georgeaaron
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Great staff and world class beer. This place has spoiled us in Muncie.

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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 bluedeception
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%

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 Jeraichel
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of indianabeerman
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

good selection on tap but a great bottle selection . i have bought 15 yr old jw lees here . cool place

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Photo of JamesTerry88
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of BsuCompSci
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Mordhaus
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of tmneyer
4.75/5  rDev +6%

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 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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Heorot Pub and Draught House in Muncie, IN
97 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.
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