Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant
Taps: 13 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by GRPunk:
3.43/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$$
I stopped in Fado for a pint before attending the USMNT World Cup Qualifier. It seemed like a lot of other soccer fans had the same idea. The whole place was full enough to be hoppin' (with a lot of people interested in both soccer and the rubgy games that were broadcast on the big screen upstairs), but you could still find a table if you were willing to look.
The atmosphere was pretty cool. It was a good crowd, but you could still get around. The decor fit the pub style they were going after, though I'm sure there were some OSHA standards that required the false fireplace and the building only allowed for the faux stone walls. All in all, it was a cozy place to have a pint.
The beers were in the proper glassware and poured nicely. I didn't eat, but what I saw brought to tables looked like a pretty serviceable sandwich menu at least.
The server was nice enough. She wasn't sure what I meant by a nitro beer at first, but with some description she knew what I was talking about. She was around enough to make sure we were happy.
The selection wasn't great. It sure beats what you'd find at most chains, but relied heavily on popular imports (Bass, Guinness, etc). It didn't look like they had a lot of local or craft (at least on tap).
Fado wasn't the cheapest place. I expect to pay a premium when in a place like Chicago, but I was very cautious when ordering not knowing the price of a pint. Sure enough a Guinness 250 was 7 bucks a pop and regular Guiness ran $6. It seemed a tad high to me. It would be very easy to come out of there with a $50 tab on beers alone.
It had a great location (close to my hotel) and a fun atmosphere. Even with a shorter tap list and higher prices, I'd go back again to watch a soccer game and tip back a pint or two. It can be hard to find bigger groups of soccer fans, and it helped with the atmosphere.
06-19-2009 15:49:40 | More by GRPunk
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
3 stories with tons of wood and and old pub feel to it. a total mix of people, lots of irish and english in there with their families. live soccer on the tv's
everything was served on nice diner ware, presented well. we got a veggie quesadilla, chips n' curry, and boxties with cheese sauce. all were excellent.
service was great, we were shown to a nice upper area with more room as we had a child with us. service was quick and very friendly.
beer selection is weak, but this is an irish themed pub so for those that were expecting to find craft beer.... come on now... the pubs in ireland have a terrible selection and this is exactly what you would find. i gave it an average as they really offered nothing except euro and irish macro's.
as mentioned above, food was awesome. the rest of the menu was fairly authentic. not bad for an american pub trying to be irish.
03-14-2010 19:49:14 | More by hooliganlife
2.56/5 rDev -26.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 1 | $$$
OK... Fado is a chain bar, and doesn't belong in Beerfly. There are many better options in River North these days. Clark St. Ale House, Rock Bottom, Jake Melnicks, Farmhouse, State & Lake, Kaseys, Villains, Hackneys.
You want a real Irish bar? Try Celtic Crossings or Mrs. Murphy's Irish Bistro.
Walked in the side entrance on Grand, there were all manner of Irish knick-knacks, old signs, sewing machines, antiqued faux finished murals made to look tobacco-stained and from the old country. But all this was dreamed up in a corporate office somewhere, and comes off like a TGI Fridays version of a "Ye Olde Irish Pub™". All sorts of odd street signs and low ceilings designed to amuse and confuse tourists. At the bar, I look at the taps and notice beers that are available in most corner taverns in the city. The exception being 2 count 'em 2 Guinness nitro taps, and Boddingtons on nitro. Otherwise your run of the mill imports with the highlight being Hoegaarden. Harpoon IPA was the only craft, and they mentioned that it was "brand new"... it was $6 plus tax, lame. Bottles were all macro. Not one local/regional midwest beer to be found. The Scotch list was more exciting. The only reason I would come here would be to see a soccer match, although I didn't see any tv's in the place from where I was sitting.
Service was prompt, Patrick was my bartender and he took the time to make an introduction and chat beer for a minute. He said they don't really rotate seasonals except for the occasional Sam Adams.
To all business-traveling BA's staying in the Loop, you would be wasting your time going here. They offer zero local beer, minimal craft, and the same imports you can find anywhere. Avoid. Try Clark St. Ale House, Rock Bottom, or Jake Melnick's instead.
I'll just leave this here:
11-14-2009 03:13:33 | More by emerge077
3.93/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Was in Chicago on business on a record-cold January week and walked from the hotel to find a nearby pub. Was hoping for something non-chain and stumbled through the wind and snow into Fado. Nice. Warm, welcoming atmosphere, attentive waitstaff, friendly barstaff (every one of them with an Irish accent), nicely poured pints. Beer selection is OK but not huge. The sparse crowd on my first visit was subdued but very friendly to a weary businessman a stormy winter night. Overall it was a really nice experience -- so much so I returned two nights later with some work colleagues.
The crowd the second night was much bigger and much louder ... but great fun and in great humor -- as was the waitstaff and bartenders, who were kept very busy but never let it show. Excellent attention was given even on a jam-packed night. The live music upstairs (I didn't even know they had live music) was a pleasant surprise. It was only on my second visit that I discovered it was indeed a chain pub. I sure couldn't tell.
I will definitely return to Fado on my next trips to Chicago. Well done!
04-08-2009 21:21:19 | More by zamboni1
Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant in Chicago, IL
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