Fado Irish Pub

Our Story

AN IRISH PUB FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Fadó (pronounced f’doe) is Gaelic for “long ago” and is commonly used to start a story, similar to “once upon a time.”  We chose it because we’re telling the story of Ireland’s rich and ever-evolving pub culture.

In 1996, a small group of Irish entrepreneurs came to the U.S. and started Fadó with the goal of bringing the best of Dublin pubs to the U.S. That goal stands firm today as we passionately bring Irish Pubs into the 21st Century. 

What does that mean? 

It means we feature dozens of international and local beers. It means that while we are a sought after outlet for televised sports, mostly soccer, you are just as likely to see delicious craft cocktails on the bar as pints of Guinness.  And whisk(e)y?  Yeah, there is a lot of great whiskey.

It also means that we employ a very proud group of lads that run a scratch kitchen, providing diners with fantastic plates. Gone are the days of basic pub food. Instead, you’ll get your Irish standards coupled with a few dishes that are sure to surprise and delight, blending passion, quality, and originality in one menu. 

Quality or nothing.

A pub doesn’t maintain a high standard for more than 20 years without relentless attention to detail. Our cod, used in our famous fish and chips, is sustainably caught in the deep, icy waters of the North Atlantic near Iceland. Our meats are custom cut by third-generation butchers in Vermont. Pull up a seat and see (and taste) first-hand what 21st Century Irish quality is.

Unmatched hospitality. 

The most important part of the pub is the hospitality. We strive to make sure you have a great time here and that you return with more stories to tell. Regular customers are the lifeblood of our business and we’re lucky to have many. Our crew makes sure they’re well looked after and they’ll do the same for you.

We talk about baking a lot of care, curiosity, and craic into each lunch, happy hour, dinner, and brunch. We hope you feel that when you’re in our pub. 

Welcome to Fadó.


An Austin Staple

Irish owned and operated, we started in Austin in the Warehouse district in 1997; many things have changed in this great city and within our pub. But, we still manage to ‘keep it weird’.

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 or going out for a full meal. You won’t get a better pint of draught beer 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.

International sports is a big part of our culture and we’d be known as the top soccer bar in Austin. During the season, you’ll see the English Premier League and other major European leagues, Champions League, and the World Cup. Of course, we show US Soccer and all the major rugby competitions and American sports.

Design

Great design is necessary to make people feel at home. Our pub, designed and constructed in Ireland, does just that with four different designs inside one pub subtly stitched together, each featuring its own special ambiance.

The Irish Country Cottage Pub

The design for this pub derives from the traditional stone-built style of an Irish country home, many of which were so welcoming and hospitable that over the years they simply became accepted as the local pub. Cobblestone floors and fireplace are featured here.

The Traditional Shop

Often a grocer or hardware shop would double as a pub. Customers in town fetching provisions would tend to take a pint of beer or a small “slurp” along to help them through the day. The environment usually consisted of simple wooden tables and benches, a pot bellied stove and wooden floors worn smooth by years of shuffling shoe traffic.

The Gaelic

This design is contemporary Pub style introduced to America by Fadó. It evokes an ancient time when mythology and Christianity mixed and is denoted by ornate art work, ironwork and roughhewn timbers of oak beams and heavy oak furniture.

The Victorian Dublin Pub

With its attention to ornate detail and insistence on quality craftsmanship, the Victorian style pub, often found in Dublin, harks back to the good old days of comfort, hospitality and enjoyment. You’ll see much use made of dark wood, beveled mirrors and stained glass, decorative brass and elaborate tiling.

So whether you’re looking for the best pint in Austin, a bite with friends or want to catch a match… we look forward to seeing you at Fadó.