Seattle >Food & Dining > Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant - Seattle
801 First Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810447.603482 -122.335600
Neighborhoods: Pioneer Square, Downtown
There isn't much in this part of town in the way of eating and drinking but Fado continues to deliver. Total old school style pub with a great beer selection!
If you can get to this place during the weekday, say, before 5p, you'll have nearly the entire place to yourself. Quite a contrast to the college kids who swarm this place late at night. Cozy little pub with a great beer selection in the heart of downtown.
Friendly Service and Good, Sturdy Fare – This "guy friendly" pub/restaurant is on the corner of 1st and Cherry. The service tends to be pretty speedy (although things can slow considerably when a large sports crowd is handy -- avoid Sounders pre-games). The food is good solid English-type pub fare: lots of corned beef and cabbage, and an apparently somewhat authentic shepherd’s pie. Full bar and a good variety of beers make this a favorite with the after-work crowd... a pretty nifty happy hour (4-7 p.m., M-F) helps, too. Try the beer battered green beans. Yummm!
Go for the make your own bloody marys. – This is a great Irish bar centrally located in downtown seattle which makes it easy for everyone to find, but of course parking can be a nightmare. I do love the inside and find this is a great place to meet up with friends. It is of course super crowded on St Patricks Day and can look like a hurricane came through if you arrive late. I do enjoy the tiny outdoor area and the few tables on a sunny afternoon. My favorite of this bar is the make your own bloody mary bar, they give you a glass with vodka and you go to a table and set it up with all the fixings for about 8.50$. I cheat and go back to add more olives and things after I have drank some of the drink down. For some reason making my own drinks brings me great joy and I do seem to feel pretty happy after 1 or 2. Unfortunately the times for this varies, it seems to be on Sundays, but lately seems to be only Sundays when there are sports games going on at the nearby stadiums. Do check it out.
I'm not an irish bar expert, but I like fado's – I'm not an irish bar expert, but if I had to choose my favorite in town, I would pick this place. It's great for live music (though sometimes a little loud) or just grabbing a beer with friends. The layout is nice so you can enjoy conversation away from the band if you want as well. It can get crowded, but that's a sign of a good irish bar in my opinion!
don't pass this pub by! – new to Seattle and I have to say if you want a relaxed but FUN atomosphere Fado's is the place to be on a Saturday. Had a great time, will be back :)
Always Fun! – Great vibe here! One of my favorite Irish pubs. Live music is always great and it is a great bar for people watching.
Best Irish Pub?! – Are you kidding me?! Best Irish Pub in Seattle?! Maybe because Fado is a chain and therefore gets Awards for it. By no means is this the best Irish Pub in Seattle. They can't even make Cornbeef and cabbage correctly!!!
They serve shredded cabbage and sliced corn beef and call it authentic?! I'm from Ireland and that IS NOT how you serve Cornbeef & Cabbage. I ordered the same thing at Celtic Swell (Alki Beach), Mick Kelly's (Burien) and at Owl & Thistle ( behind Fados) and it came in the Traditional manner of quartered Cabbage and Chunked Corn Beef. Fado's is a joke. Granted the decor and atmosphere will do any irishman justice, but the cover charge will hurt your wallet. Who gives out these Awards anyway?!
cant wait to drink some green beer next week. this is my favorite holiday to get drunk and have a good time
Not sure why people are complaining – I had a Guinness BBQ Chicken sandwich and I'd eat one every day if possible, it was that good. The bar was impressive, but unfortunately they were so busy (during a game) that the waitress was pulling double duty as a bartender and was running all over the place. Luckily she seemed to have energy to spare. This seems like a typical American Irish Pub, and I would have no issues eating/drinking there again though I'd also like to try the Owl n' Thistle around the corner which looks a little more authentic.
My only complaints are that my Guinness was a little expensive and my table was wobbly. Definitely not deal breakers, but worth noting.
Casual atmosphere, good beer, good music... always a fun time!! – This is one of my favorite bars in Seattle. I don't think I've ever NOT had a good time there! I prefer to go on Saturday nights when they have this two person band that plays cover music. It gets pretty busy on weekend nights to get there early if you want a table.
Skip it--Fado = Faux – Fado is to Irish pubs what Denny's is to American diners. Not bad, but not great. Not authentic. Not worth spending your money in. You can order Guinness anywhere--why get it here? Seriously--there is not a single reason to spend your money in this bar. Go anywhere else on the block--Owl N Thistle, Contour, or up the street to Earth & Ocean's happy hour. Fado is overpriced, cold, and completely devoid of charm.
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