The Public House

The word “pub” is an affectionate term for “public house”. Unfortunately, in America the word “pub” is thrown loosely about, referring to bars and taverns. A true public house – as they are still found in the countryside of Ireland and Scotland today – is a place where everyone is welcome, including children. It is the community living room. It is where the school board meets, the town council
convenes, and the circuit judge holds court. It is where citizens gather to banter about community issues over a pint while the children play games in the corner or in front of the fireplace.

While the city of South Bend provides its own facilities for city employees to complete their duties, Fiddler’s Hearth provides the citizens of South Bend and neighboring towns with a place to gather and share good homemade food, drink, music, dance, and opinions. We are always open seating and sharing tables, encouraging patrons to talk to each other, seizing the opportunity to communicate with neighbors on the issues of the day. The result is a warm, friendly, atmosphere that welcomes all ages, races, and creeds. This is the true spirit of a public house.

Rediscovering Our Roots

The local Celts came together in the year 2000 to help the Meehan Family throw a rollicking “ceili” (music and dance party) at Saint Patrick’s Center to raise funds for the restoration of Saint Patrick’s Church in downtown South Bend. Several successful ceilis later, the Meehan family saw the potential for a true public house that would be supported by the quickly expanding interest in Celtic culture evidenced by the overwhelming turnouts at the Celtic parties at Saint Pat’s. The Meehans opened Fiddler’s Hearth on Tuesday, October 1, 2002. Since then, the local Celts and others in the community have embraced the public house concept and taken advantage of their new community living room. Open Irish music sessions, open acoustic stages with local singer songwriters, political debates (complete with soap box), presentations on current events and community issues, school field trips on Celtic culture, and regular clientele who have assumed the role of “stewards” at their public house have given a unique life to Fiddler’s that won’t be found in a typical American bar or restaurant.

Our Public House is located at:

127 North Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601
(574) 232-2853

Our normal hours of operation are as follows:

Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday & Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 11:00 am - Midnight
Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 1:00 am