Fado Irish Pub

Our Story


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 Irish 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.

An Irish 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 Irish 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 Irish pub. 

Welcome to Fadó.

Brickell Becomes Irish

Our authentic Irish Pub was imported from Ireland, lock, stock and barrel. The interior is unmatched in Miami as far as the quality of craftsmanship and detail. The story of Fadó Miami begins with the design of the pub. It’s broken up into a number of sections, each with a specific intent.

The Confession Box

Our sister concept and patio bar. McGill’s Pub on Marlborough Street in Dublin was tiny- no bigger than a modern living room- and, it satin the shadow of St Mary’s Cathedral. Locals called it the‘Confession Box’. The Confession Box Miami is inspired by its tiny Dublin predecessor. A small space perfect for big nights with close friends and the new ones you haven’t even met yet. It’s known for leading edge craft beers and funky cocktails and is perfect for a night out. You can’t beat Miami’s best patio bar!

The Victorian Long Hall

As you enter the front door you walk into the Victorian Long Hall. A highly decorated dark Victorian large area meeting space mean to represent the Long Hall at Trinity College in Dublin. The Victorian theme is typified by the Dark Cherry wood, ornate light fixtures, elaborate flooring design and decorative stain glass. It is a style of architecture named for the Queen of England Queen Victoria.

The Shop

Moving forward we enter the Shop area of the pub. The Shop is another one of the Fado primary Design and Décor elements. Typically, the Shop was a place for rural people to meet, buy some things for the home and farm, and socialize. You could go shopping, have a bottle of Guinness and a shot of Irish whiskey and talk with neighbors you haven’t seen in a while. It was the perfect meeting place.

An Irish Pub for Today

As you continue onward you’ll enter a more contemporary area of the pub. This newer design is meant to show the younger influence on metropolitan styles that the major European cities are having on today’s Ireland. This is portrayed through the grand windows showing off the Miami skyline and the shopping areas across the street. Also notice the addition of mood lighting accents in the floor and around the old Celtic artwork depicting the Legend of Oisin and the Tir Na Nog. It is the perfect mix of new technology and traditional Irish themed values.

The Cottage

Moving on we enter into the Traditional Country/Cottage theme. In Irish history the tradition of the pub begins in the home. It was actually against ancient Irish law to not extend hospitality to strangers. You’ll notice the fireplace and the family pictures. The word Pub comes from the word ‘Public House’; a Public House owner would have been called a Publican. Opening one’s home to the public and catering to a strangers needs is the core of what we do here at Fado.

The Stag’s Head

Leaving the Deck you’ll enter into the Stag’s Head Victorian section of the Pub. It is meant to represent a famous bar in Dublin with the same name. Here you’ll see the small Library section of the Pub. This is where we pay homage to some of the great writers in Irish Literature. Writers such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stroker, Samuel Beckett, and Brendan Behan. These writers created wonderful masterpieces and did most of the work while drinking in Irish Pubs.

Directly to the right of the Stag’s head you see the elegant Dublin Room. With its large communal table, it is the perfect place to have a family dinner or a small private party.

The Importance of Snugs

Next, you will notice another small “room”. This secluded area is called a snug. You will see these throughout the pub and around the bar. It is an important and unique design feature in many Irish Pubs. It originated as a private area attached directly to the bar so that the local parish priest could enjoy his drink in peace!

The Indoor / Outdoor Deck

Go through the door and we are now in the Deck area of the Pub. The Top Deck Lounge, overlooking Mary Brickell Village, is a perfect place to meet friends for Happy Hour, have a meeting or catch a soccer game! Get the best view of Miami at our indoor/outdoor deck.

The Deck Area is important to the night life in Miami. Almost all of the windows open up to the street. The light fixtures were selected to represent make-shift outdoor lighting and the furniture is designed to be like typical outdoor deck furniture.

The artwork here is another representation of the Oisin legend. The story goes that Oisin, living in Tir Na Nog as an immortal, falls in love with a mortal woman. He is allowed to leave his land and be with her as long as he stays on his horse. His lover is so overcome with happiness that as she gets on the horse to join him, he falls off and immediately ages and dies.

You will also see artwork telling the story of the freedom of Saint Patrick. He was abducted and sold into slavery to an Irish chieftain when he was just 16 . The design tells the story of his escape and eventual return to Ireland. Saint Patrick is known for saving the Irish people from paganism (the “driving out of the snakes”) by bringing Christianity to the clans. Saint Patrick’s day is a huge celebration in both Ireland and America and a major event for Fado Irish Pub. Interestingly enough, there are no snakes on the island of Ireland to this day.