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 any 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.

A New Life in Center City

An Irish pub in Center City Philadelphia since 2001, our authentic Irish Pub was imported from Ireland and was remodeled in 2016. The interior is unmatched in Philadelphia, blending the traditional Irish pub with a clean, modern vibe with big windows and plenty of natural light.

Cozy up by the fireplace or settle down on the patio. At Fadó, we’re here to help you escape from everyday life and enjoy some friendly banter, delicious food, and superb drink selections. Reserve a space for you and your friends, whether it be corporate events, a holiday party, or a birthday.

Not only do we have the best Irish and European draughts, we’ve introduced a number of local crafts to pay homage to our fine city and its own celebrated Irish pub culture. Our cocktails are made with the freshest of ingredients and will surprise you with its creativity.

Our weekly events keep the craic (fun) fresh! Test your wits on Wednesday nights with our Pub Quiz, where you may win valuable prizes. For those who like to party, our Club Shebeen on the weekend has DJ Press Play keeping the dance floor packed and making us a top spot for nightlife in the city. And, for our soccer fans, we take our reputation as best soccer bar in Philly very seriously. We show the English Premier League and all Celtic games live as well as La Liga, Serie A and, of course, US Soccer and all the major European competitions and American sports.

At Fadó we understand that you work hard enough – you shouldn’t have to work to have a good time.

Conveniently located in Center City, just steps from Rittenhouse Square, the Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music and Broad Street, we are easy to get to but difficult to leave!