Wednesday, March 2, 2011

#140: Fiddler's Hearth Public House

Fiddler's Hearth is known around town for its traditional Irish food, live music, and cozy atmosphere (more on all of those later), but we're including it in our unofficial 'bars week'  due to its distinction as South Bend's only Public House. I am by no means a beer aficionado, but the draught selection at Fiddler's is extensive and well-curated.  On their website, they also feature their designation as a Guinness Gold Star location indicating the places which store and serve Guinness of the highest quality. It is no exaggeration to say that all of this makes Fiddler's one of the most popular places in South Bend to get a drink.

As alluded to above, Fiddler's has numerous qualities to recommend it above and beyond the impressive bar menu. The Irish fare offered at Fiddler's is authentic and one-of-a-kind. Some of my favorite dishes include the Shepherd's Pie, a Chicken Boxty, the fish and chips (served traditionally in newspaper), or any and all of the featured soups and stews.  Check out the menu here for more.

A final component of Fiddler's appeal is their regular rotation of live music, open-mic nights, and special events. For example, this upcoming First Friday they're hosting a pancake-flipping contest. The events calendar can be found here, and there are events featured almost every day of the week. Pick something that sounds interesting (one Old-Timey Music Session coming up!), and head over.  Food, drink, and a great atmosphere will be waiting.

Location: 127 Main Street
Hours: Mon-Tues, 11:00am-11:00pm; Wed-Sat, 11:00am-1:00am; Sun, 11:00am-9:00pm
Contact Info: 574-232-2853;

Tip: In the style of a true public house, pick a comfortable spot and seat yourself!

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