Notre Dame football is a major draw in South Bend, and several downtown bars are hoping that holds true even when the Irish are out of town.
This season, six pubs have partnered with Downtown South Bend, Inc., to host a series of game watches for every Notre Dame away game. Madison Oyster Bar hosted the first of leg of the “Pigskin Pub Series” on Sept. 13, when the Irish traveled to Indianapolis to play Purdue at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Fiddler’s Hearth will take the baton for Notre Dame’s second away game this Saturday, Sept. 27, when the Irish face Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Ian Heintzelman, a manager for the authentic Irish pub, said he isn’t sure how many patrons will attend the game watch, but said the premises can comfortably hold at least 90 customers.
“People think of us when it comes to the World Cup and football (that is, soccer), but we do see a fair amount of people who come to us for football,” Heintzelman said.
The game begins at 8 p.m., but the specials are good all day. Heintzelman said Fiddler’s Hearth will offer $1 off a featured craft beer and whiskey (possibly Kilbeggan’s Irish whiskey) on game day.
The View Tavern, Frank’s Place, CJ’s Pub and Corby’s Irish Pub fill out the rest of the season lineup. Patrons can pick up a pigskin pub series passport at any of the participating bars, get it stamped throughout the season and turn it in for the chance to win two tickets to a Notre Dame home game in 2015.
A full schedule of games and specials is available at the Downtown South Bend, Inc., website.