Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant opened its doors to the public at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, making it the last drinking and dining spot to open in Miami in 2010 (as far as we can tell).
The popular chain with spots in Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Chicago, among other cities, sits atop Oceanaire Seafood Room in Mary Brickell Village, directly across the courtyard from the Blue Martini, and has plenty of Irish beers on tap (including Guinness, Harp, Leffe, Smithwicks, and Boddingtons).
And in 2011 expect nights with live music, trivia nights on Tuesdays at 9 p.m., daily happy hour from 5 – 8 p.m., several events per month, and a large St. Patrick’s Day party that will take over the Mary Brickell Village courtyard.
Fado is large and features four bar areas, including a patio space that resembles a Florida Room with plenty of windows. Each area of Fado is designed differently – as the floors change style, you know you are in a different room with a unique theme. There is the “Shop” room with plenty of bottles on display, the “Pub for Today” room, with modern floor lighting and more of a restaurant feel or the “Cottage” room with its fireplace and bookshelf.
The bars also have sequestered areas for groups of two or three – called Snugs – which allows for privacy at the bar. (They come from the tradition of a parish priest being able to enjoy a drink in peace and privacy at his local Irish bar.)
Among our favorites on the menu (and we tasted a lot) make sure to try the Guinness BBQ Hot Wings which are dipped in a Guinness BBQ sauce and the Bangers and Mash (Irish pork sausage on colcannon with onion gravy and peas.) Other top pics included Fado’s Shepherd’s Pie, Smithwick’s Mini Burgers and their cheese dip and wedges (with a surprising blend of Irish cheddar, pepper jack cheese and green onion).