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Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
127 N Main St
phone: (574) 232-2853
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Fiddler's is probably my favorite bar/pub in the South Bend area. The selection is decent to good, with 14 on tap. There are the ones you'd expect for an Irish pub, namely Guiness, Harp, Smithwicks, Murphy's Red and Stout, Bass, Newcastle, etc... but there's also a few locals (they usually have two or three Bell's beers on tap). I like the atmosphere a lot, it's laid back and great for just hanging out. You can also sit outside. The food is really good (I recommend the Irish Stew or the Boxty) if a bit pricey. Go in the early afternoon for cheaper lunch prices. There are also drink specials on various nights, with cheaper pints to be had. Service is average, and varies by day and server. Live entertainment is usually everyday except tuesday, starting at 9PM or so, and at noon on Sundays.
*update, March 2007* after seeing the above review, I thought I'd add some to this post. I've been back to Fiddler's multiple times in the past few months, and it doesn't seem to have changed at all. Same great beer and food (the curry and chips are extra tasty, currently Bell's Porter and Two-hearted on tap), and same spotty service as always. Half the time I get a 2 for service, half the time a 4.
07-10-2006 19:05:41 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here the week before Memorial Day.
Woody, open Euro public house feel inside. Slow, but semi-knowledgeable service. Many people hanging out there almost looked like they could have been paid to dress the way they were and sit in the bar. Bunch of patrons came in and played Irish type music, just had a jam session I guess.
Solid Irish style food with some modern variation to jazz up some of the dishes. English/Irish heavy selection of beer, but a nice rotating selection of micros. Had the Letter of Marque Porter, interesting hoppy porter. Plenty of hoppy selections as well. Apparently they get some good smaller batch stuff from the mid-west as well. Looks to be about the only bar worth stopping in in South Bend.
07-11-2010 01:13:02 |
More by Bung
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I deleted my old review and am writing a new one for freshness, since the place has changed so much in the past 3 years or so. This is a cosy, popular Irish pub in the middle of south bend, where its always warm and friendly. Food is delicious and inspired (i recommend the rarebit and Sean's Irish Mess). Beer always changing and very good, esp. in the last year or so. Chimay, lots of Bells, Brugge, Founders, Stone, Rogue, Dogfish Head, 3 Floyds all rotate through, along with a number of more pedestrian British and Irish imports. The BEST place to go in south bend for a nice beer and a relaxing night with friends.
01-19-2008 17:16:00 |
More by aforbes10
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I definitely plan on returning here whenever I'm in town. It has a nice rustic atmosphere. On a cold rainy day the fireplace is very welcome. The wall are decorated with the local sports team and firefighter memorabilia, along with Old World maps and crafts.
The food is Celtic in nature and has names of the like. I tried the seafood stew and loved it. There was a football game on (guess what team) and the whole place was focused on it. The kitchen staff was really into it and that provided some good entertainment. The staff is friendly and service is quick.
For beer selection they have some regional beers that are nice. That day's special was Alpha King on tap! This is a sure winner.
10-09-2009 20:32:14 |
More by DesMoinesMike
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been going to Fiddler's for a while and am just now getting around to reviewing this place.
I have always enjoyed myself with Fiddler's. I know that sometimes it can be packed up also sometimes it can be very open with a lot of room for movement. This also has a great deal to do with school in session or a football home game.
The food selection is good and there is something for everyone on it even if they didn't know what they wanted to begin with. The quality of the food here is exceptional with everything always coming out looking very original amd not coming out of a pan of pre-made batches.
The beer selection is always on changing on tap. This is always a nice thing for the people who live here and look forward to what they are going to be getting. For the people who are from out of town this can sometime suck because they think this is only what they have. In the past I have seen things like Founders, FFF, Great Lakes, Bell's, Chimay, and many many others come and go and come back again.
Overall this place is my personal choice for where to head to when you just want to get a good beer and some good food.
04-09-2009 21:48:03 |
More by alleykatking
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Amyliz4 and I stopped by this spot over the Christmas holiday along with some family. The atmosphere is fairly laid-back with an Irish Pub sort of feel. Quite casual and not terribly crowded, though it was a weekday afternoon. The server was quick and responsive, though info on the beer was a little bit lacking. Still, pretty good. Plenty of quality beers on draft, focusing mostly on Indiana locals. A good amount of British and Irish imports as well. Despite good quality, the menu was rather limited and nothing was too exciting, though I was quite pleased to try new Indiana breweries. Pricing was reasonable for everything.
01-03-2012 03:30:45 |
More by Thorpe429
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Fiddler's. I've spent so many great evenings at Fiddler's. It's been the scene of several birthdays, several miscellaneous, celebrations, several study or reading sessions, several quiet beers with friends. It has a very interesting atmosphere that can change quite drastically depending on the day. For example, there are open-mic nights on Wednesdays and bands can come through on weekends that pack the house and make for a great, fun, loud atmosphere, complete with Irish step-dancers on tables. However, at other times it can be almost empty and you can just sit and play one of their many board games or read a book or have quiet conversations. It all depends on what you want, but for both, it can be a great place.
They have a pretty good and extensive beer menu...my typical choice was usually Guinness (which is also listed as an appetizer). Lots of Irish and British choices, but also some locals on tap, like Bell's Two Hearted. They have a good menu for a carnivore, but not too much to offer a vegetarian, unless they eat fish, in which case the favorite is fish-n-chips. I usually got a Shepherd's Pie which was great and filling. The one thing to be aware of with Fiddler's is the service is EXTREMELY glacially slow. If you go in there with a large group, you will be there for at least 3 hours.
03-14-2007 00:28:01 |
More by kdoc8
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is great, really the big draw for me is the atmosphere. Just a nice little Irish pub with some great beers on tap. Had a Founder's Centennial IPA and Old Raspy tonight, and boy were these good. The Centennial was definitely fresh, in all likelihood from the recent release of this beer, which is a good thing IMO. Service was great, selection was decent with some Delerium Tremens, Delerium Nocternum, Centennial, New Holland Mad Hatter on cask, Chimay White, Old Rasputin, etc. Nothing mind blowing, but noting bad for the area/any beer drinker (if you can't be happy with Raspy, then what makes you happy?). Haven't had the food, but have heard it's above average to good, and the value wasn't bad at all. Ran specials on draft beers that made my 12 oz. Raspy $3.50. That's a pretty good deal in my book. Check it out.
01-14-2010 06:07:06 |
More by LordAdmNelson
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally got around to review this place. As far as South Bend goes, this is the place to drink beer. With rotating taps of Great Lakes Blackout Stout, Three Floyds Alpha King, Chimay Trippel and a bunch of Irish beers, this is awesome.
Jeremy the bartender knows his shit, and is very friendly and informative.
Its hard to get a beer here sometimes, due to the crowd, but on a slow night its awesome. On Thurs. they have Bell's night. And they still have some HopSlam to tap this Thurs, so I know where I will be.
Good times, good beer, Love it.
03-03-2008 06:16:03 |
More by JToad
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited on 12/27/08. I wasn't quite sure what to think. I was already in a pissy mood because I was missing a friend's bachelor party (missed a case of duvel and Rocky Patel cigars). When we arrived, the place was packed. There were 8 of us and we knew that we would have a long wait in order to sit down. I made myself useful and perused the drink list. It was pretty unimpressive. Since this is an irish pub, the focus was primarily on macro british isle beers. (Not a fan of many of those). I was pleased to see Bell's Two Hearted Ale and Kalamazoo Stout on tap. I stuck with both of those most of the night.
Since the place was very crowded, the noise level was quite high. I am not fond of high noise levels, but I survived. The main attraction that evening was an Irish revival band called Kennedy's Kitchen. They made the evening. Fantastic mix of originals and irish folk songs.
That evening I had their fish and chips. It wasn't fantastic, but fish and chips are never fantastic. I tried a friend's shepherds pie and that turned out to be fantastic. I wish that I would have ventured out on my food ordering more as I have a feeling that food is where this place shines.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience. I wouldn't make a habit of going there by any means, but it was an excellent way of passing a Saturday night.
12-30-2008 14:44:52 |
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