About Fadó Irish Pub – The Evolution of Food, Drink, Banter
Fadó (pronounced f’doe) is an Irish term meaning ‘long ago’. The Irish use it to start a story (the equivalent of ‘once upon a time’ ). We chose the name because at Fadó, we are telling the story of Ireland’s evolving Pub culture.
You have always gotten great Guinness, Fish and Chips and fun in the best pubs in Dublin. Today, you will also see from-scratch cooking and seasonal food menus, craft beers from local breweries and quality, housemade cocktails. The Irish Pub in Ireland has evolved and we have evolved with them.
Irish owned, we opened in Annapolis in 2007. Our’s is an Irish pub where the food is as important as the drink with all the items made fresh in house. You will see our food menu change seasonally and adapt to make sure Fadó is a quality option whether you are just snacking (hello Happy Hour) or going out for a full meal, brunch or dinner. You won’t get a better pint of draught beer (including many local and regional crafts) in town due to our comprehensive quality program (we call it ‘From Gas to Glass’) and we feature a list of high quality wines and ever changing seasonal cocktails.
There’s always a good amount going on at this pub restaurant. Each week we feature live music, DJs and events like Pub Quiz Team Trivia and sports. During the season, you’ll see the English Premier League and other major European leagues, Champions League, and the World Cup. Of course, we support US Soccer and all the major rugby competitions and American sports.
Design and decor is something we take very seriously- great design is essential to making people feel at home.
Fadó Annapolis was designed and manufactured completely in Ireland and then brought to Annapolis for installation. In terms of design, it is a mix of the Classical, Regency and Victorian StyleS.
Each of these eras was strongly influenced by Roman and Greek architecture and you see that reflected in the pub’s design and furniture. There are also strong influences from the classic Victorian pub, with its detail and splendor.
When you enter the pub, the clean lines have a fresh, open approach, made of glass as a note of acceptance to modernism allowing full view to the inner traditional pub. Through the entrance we are greeted by a metal cut-out feature of the Fadó logo inset into the timber flooring, harping back to Irish traditional craftsmanship.
The Back Bar
On entering the Irish bar, the main focal point is the back bar – a classic Dublin Victorian style – simple and imposing. With a tall arched centerpiece and corniced capital with flanking columns; they are offset by the large beveled mirror. Stepped shelving with concealed illumination gives an atmospheric glow.
The front of the bar is a contemporary expression of what would have been marquetry in the classical period. This is achieved through a blend of materials happily married together and resulting in a sensory treat.
The bar counter top is a traditional smooth stone set upon a rich timber frame and highlighted by the modern backlit bar front with Celtic graphics. More traditional materials return under foot with the brass foot rail and tumbled mosaic. The length of the front bar is in sympathy with the main classical feature, conveying a feeling of art & antiquity. At one end, we have a 2 persons snug offering a secret hideout that stands out in contrast to the openness of the curved bar.
The Gathering Area and Fireplace
A large classical table and chairs compliment the traditional aspect of the fireplace with a louver canopy screen to the side mimicking traditional window screens. This screen overhangs the leather seated bay and displays images and characters of Ireland past.
The large fireplace dressed with a traditional Victorian over mantle is a sign of elegance and grace. Rising to the ceiling is a decorative frieze used to flank the over mantle with feature lighting adding to the elegance. The open hearth embraces the room and draws people within.
The Dublin Room
This traditional snug room harps back to the authentic traditional feel of the renowned Victorian shop. Here the collection of old pharmaceutical bottles, beer and whiskey bottles displayed on open shelving above leather seats give a sense of the old Dublin not forgotten.
We’re located on West Street just next to the Westin Hotel. Fadó is easy to find and a hard place to leave!