Anyone who has met me knows of my infinite love for both Irish pubs and open bars. So needless to say when Fado’s Irish Pub and Restaurant welcomed over 400 of Miami’s VIPs to an exclusive cocktail party on Feb. 1 to celebrate the pub’s grand opening I graciously volunteered to endure a Tuesday evening filled with Irish pub fare, traditional Irish performances and of course last but not least a premium whiskey tasting bar (all in the name of journalism of course!)
Fado, pronounced f’doe, is an Irish expression meaning “long ago” and is a term commonly used to preface stories told by the “Senchai” or storyteller. It also is a phrase that aptly summarizes Fado’s aim, which is to tell the story of Ireland’s rich and celebrated pub culture. Fado’s is completely unique from other Irish pubs in that it was designed and constructed in Dublin and then shipped to the Mary Brickell village for assembly, so from the moment you enter the Victorian Long Hall you feel as though you have hopped across the pond and have entered an authentic Irish pub. Each and every aspect of the design was carefully thought out and cultivated to represent different aspects of Irish culture, from the aforementioned Victorian Long Hall that was designed to represent the Long Hall at Trinity College in Dublin and is marked by the use of dark cherry wood, ornate light fixtures, an elaborate flooring design and decorative stained glass to the Snugs or small “rooms” connected to the main part of the bar that originated as “a private area attached directly to the bar so that the local parish priest could enjoy his drink in peace.”
Not only does the classy décor and authentic Irish feel set Fado’s apart from the competition but as an Irish pub connoisseur I could also immediately tell that Fado’s menu, which offers a cornucopia of options ranging from classy yet traditional Irish pub fare such Corn Beef and Cabbage or Bangers and Mash to more exotic options like Smoked Salmon Bites or the Pulled Lamb French Dip, is also a step above all other pubs in the Miami area. Couple this with their extensive drink menu and it will only be a matter of time before Miamians recognize Fado’s legacy as a top venue for “the highest quality European draught beer, fresh food and European and international sports, primarily soccer.”
Fado’s Irish Pub & Restaurant is located in the Mary Brickell Village at 900 South Miami Avenue and is open seven days a week, serving brunch, lunch and dinner, Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. For special bookings and advance reservations, please call 786.924.0972. For more information, please visit the pub’s website at www.fadoirishpub/miami.
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