Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

Fadó Irish Pub & RestaurantFadó Irish Pub & Restaurant
Fadó Irish Pub & RestaurantFadó Irish Pub & Restaurant
Bar, Eatery

100 W Grand Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60610-4206
United States

(312) 836-0066 | map

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GRPunk from Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

Jun 19, 2009
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cryptichead from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Nov 24, 2018
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DMcGirr from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Okay food. Decent drink selection. Nothing to write home about, but pricing is pretty decent if that matters. I don't mind coming here to watch a game or attend a casual event.

Jan 25, 2016
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jtcnashua from New Hampshire

4.79/5  rDev +36.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great service and perfect Guiness pour. Fish and chips was top shelf. Great traditional neighborhood feel.

Apr 14, 2015
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Nuggetz from Texas

3/5  rDev -14.3%

Nov 06, 2014
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spycow from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Nov 01, 2014
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fthegiants from California

3.5/5  rDev 0%

Oct 31, 2014
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maxcoinage from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Sep 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +42.9%

Jul 07, 2014
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portia99 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Apr 30, 2014
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FrankHashimoto from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Apr 11, 2014
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JIMTRK16 from Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.3%

Feb 26, 2014
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Will_Turner from Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.3%

Feb 17, 2014
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hooliganlife from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Mar 14, 2010
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emerge077 from Illinois

2.56/5  rDev -26.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 1

OK... so you're staying downtown on business. You'd be wasting your time going here. They offer zero local beer, minimal craft, and the same imports you can find anywhere. River North has many better beer options these days. Try Clark St. Ale House, Farmhouse, or Jake Melnick's instead. You want a real Chicago Irish bar with better beer? Try Paddy Long's, The Grafton, or Mrs. Murphy's Irish Bistro.

Fado is a chain bar (one of over 2000 Diageo-owned Irish pub locations worldwide), and isn't a beer bar.

Entered through the side entrance on Grand, past 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. It's a Disney-fied Irish pub "concept".

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 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 if The Globe was closed, although I didn't see any tv's from the front bar where I was sitting.

Service was prompt, Patrick was the 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.

Not a place i'd ever return to or recommend, for the simple facts that it's a phony chain with few beer options, and there are far better options within walking distance. Chicago has a lot to offer beyond the tourist traps that plague this area.

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Nov 14, 2009
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zamboni1 from Maine

3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

Apr 08, 2009
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2

I had a business dinner at Wildfire and while walking back I could not convince my co-workers to turn north on Clark to the Clark Street Alehouse, so instead we turned south and ended up at Fado. I hadn't been there in a while and thought I would review it.

As you enter, you will see the round bar in front of you. This bar is split up into sections by screens, waitress stations, etc. There are tall pub style tables for small groups and larger tables for bigger groups. There is also an upstairs room to handle the overflow.

The bar is well decorated with Irish knick-knacks. You've sent his same treatment in lots of bars, they just happen to pull it off a little better.

This is a bustling bar that seems to always be crowded. The patrons are a mix of tourists & locals. I've always found it is an easy to strike-up conversations with the other customers.

The service from the bar staff & waitresses' is friendly and professional. They are quick to get refills but do not hover. Note when this place opened, a large percentage of the staff was native Irish; this seems to be fading away.

The beer selection is not that great. Yes, you can get Guinness, Smithwicks & Harp. They also offer a few expected choices like Stella & Blue Moon plus about 3 more tap middling choices that escape me. The bottle selection is also restricted. I seem to remember that they used to offer all three of the classic Irish stouts at one time, unless I missed it, they no longer do.

I have never eaten here, so I really can't comment on the food.

This is fun bar with a lot going for it. Unfortunately, a good beer selection is not part of it. Walk three blocks north to the Alehouse!

Feb 27, 2009
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slander from New York

3.43/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

(Evil) Davo kept going on about Mr. Beef. I don't know where and how he got it in his head but he was determined to get himself a sandwich there. And he did. And I did as well. Afterwards, we walked over to the Clark Street Ale House arriving a 1/2 hour before they were to open. The sandwich excursion had closed the gap on the amount of time we would have had to wait for Clark Street to open had we not gone there, but here we were, still with a 1/2 hour of play, nothing to do nowhere to go-ho, and I'm thinking, "What about that Irish joint back down there a couple of blocks? Fado, or something like that..."
The first thing I remember getting hit with as I enter is loud quintessential Waterboys, being specifically "Fisherman's Blues" (woo-hoo-hooo!!!). It's no "Sweet Thing" but it's still pretty damn good. There's a piece of bar right in front of me, but I need to take in the room some. Moving down the bar, we find some space to the rear. This rectangularish bar has angled and/or rounded corners and seats nearly 2 and half dozen all the way around. A large dark wood unit sits in the middle of it, mostly housing booze, but really obstructing your view of the rest of the room from no matter where you sit. A blackboard on the wall lists live music events and televised sports. The room is all over the place. Some walls are dark wood slat, others are stone, while others are painted pale green or light plum, with a thick painted cut wood trim all around. The celtic theme ceiling mural actually pours down onto some of the walls. Spot lamps here and there, but otherwise it's a dim room with nooks and corners all around for mischief, I suspect. Plain, simple tables with stools and benches. Bric-a-brac everywhere. Shelves with books, plates, pitchers, copper & tin vessels, bottles, a scale, buckets, jars, clocks, old ads, picures and mirrors, a good couple of things are from Jameson's. Pieces of a massive loom sit overhead with yarn running from it to pieces of it over the bar. The theme here is the traditional Irish pub being an integral part of life in ireland, where one shopped for groceries and did post office dealings, more than just a place to drink, so you see pieces of that here in the large post office sign overhead and cupboard in the corner with canned goods.
Wait, what is this? Okay, yeah, I think it's new U2. Yeah, yeah, it's "A man and a woman" from the new album, in an Irish pub no less. I'm just as surprised as you are.
13 taps. Guinness, Harp, Bass, Smithwicks, Stella, Boddingtons, Newcastle, Pilsner Urquell, Hacker Pschorr, Heneiken, Sam Adams, Miller Lite and Strongbow Cider (We opted for PU's). Also a dozen bottles, all macros, maltos and NA's. Pretty much what you'd expect to find in an Irish pub. The menu also includes Irish Whiskey's, Scotch, and hot drinks.
Shhh, hold on a second, is this like Keane or Travis? It's really good, okay.
I decide I want to see what's going on up them stairs over there, and I do. 2/3 of the way up the stairs and around the bend lies a perch with 3 tables and a scene with the bow of a boat. Up the stairs to the top lives another room with a massive dark wood bar seating a dozen and a half, nooks with seating, and tables to the rear in the open area. Thick red curtains, embroidered stool, a really cool large twisted iron tree with branches that end in lamps and bulbs, framed ancient corkscrew and tap displays, and a flatscreen TV. It's a good room. So's the one downstairs. Didn't know it at the time, but apparently Fado is part of a chain. I don't know if you can play the authentic Irish pub and chain at the same time, but it seemed the real deal to us at the time.

May 16, 2005
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jackndan from Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

Well, it is a typical Fado pub, a smallish bar on the first floor and somewhat larger spaces up the stairs. This place is typically packed, after work, even though it is a fake Irish bar, and you are a few steps from several good beer bars, like the Clark Street Ale house and Rock Bottom. I’ve been there when it has been less crowded, and the service is decent, but not warm. They have food, but I’ve never had it. The selection is the typical Irish macros. Take a short walk to Rock Bottom, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Jan 17, 2004
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