When you walk into Kildare's Irish Pub in South Bend, you might think you've walked right into Ireland by the looks of the bar.
Kildare's is one of the newest additions to Eddy Street Commons near Notre Dame.
You can sip your Guinness like an Irishman, but it's more than just beer with buddies. The food's good too.
Kildare's managing partner Jay Murphy says there's a great variety of "both your American classics and favorites. And also we have an excellent Celtic cuisine range too which every Irish pub needs."
From the second you walk in, Kildare's gives you a typical Irish pub greeting.
"The first thing you'll be greeted from the host is the offer of a tour of Kildare’s which they will literally take you through the five different sections that represent a different type or style of Irish Bar," said Murphy.
You actually get two types of bars here: an old, traditional kind and then the modern kind surrounded by flat screens TVs.
There is also a stage.
"We have live music three times a week and we also have party DJs seven nights a week. We have karaoke on Tuesday," said Murphy.
Nearly everything in this restaurant is authentic and came directly from Ireland.
"It's just a complete collection of absolutely everybody in the local area which is very representative of the Irish pub back in Ireland,” said Murphy. “Most of the stuff you see in here would actually carry a story or two."
So you have the drinks and the atmosphere, but there is also the food: old fashioned bangers and mash, and some traditional Sheperd's Pie.
You can also get a Boxty, a traditional potato pancake stuffed with a wide variety of things. One was filled with salmon, red peppers, and asparagus with a honey mustard sauce along side grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes.
For dessert, try the upside down apple pie with lots of caramel.
Kildare's is about more than just Guinness and beer. The food is a taste of Ireland, and the only fighting the Irish may do here is for the last bite.
Of the six Kildare's across the eastern U.S., the newest one in South Bend is so far the most profitable.