Harp & Bard, formerly known as Fitzgerald’s, and before that… yes… Harp & Bard, is nestled on a quiet corner in Clifton. Having heard reports of a solid tap list, I took the trip over to check things out for myself. I was definitely not disappointed! Harp & Bard is a bar and restaurant that has 12 taps featuring primarily craft selections, with one tap reserved for those “other” kind of beer lovers (PBR). Current offerings include Flying Fish HopFish, Rogue Dead Guy, Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale, Stone Arrogant Bastard and Lake Placid Ubu Ale. In addition to their taps, H&B offers an extensive bottle selection with many craft beer staples.
In addition to their great beers, H&B has an awesome food menu! I went with “Melissa’s Special” which was a huge plate of wings, mozz sticks and potato skins. The potato skins were easily among the best I have ever encountered. Melissa (of “Melissa’s Special”) is the owner of the bar and prepares all of the food. Upon speaking with her I learned that she had previously been trained as a chef and she has incorporated that talent into the kitchen at H&B. The potato skins I loved so much, like everything else on the menu, are made on premises… and the word on the street is that the roast beef (when available) is definitely the way to go! Other highlights of H&B are live music on select nights, open jam nights and karaoke nights.
Overall, the Harp & Bard is an outstanding choice for great beers and great eats in the Clifton area. Next time I visit I will be trying the Shepherd’s Pie (another house specialty)… I will keep you all posted.
Harp & Bard is located at 363 Lakeview Avenue (Corner of E. 7th St), Clifton.