Fadó is an Irish term meaning 'long ago'. At Fadó we are telling the tale of Ireland's rich and celebrated Pub culture - a culture of hearty food and drink, good music, warm hospitality and friendly banter. In the tradition of Irish Pubs today and long ago, it's the Irish spirit that makes a Fadó.
Fadó Annapolis was designed and manufactured completely in Ireland and then brought to Annapolis for installation. In terms of design, it is a mix of the Classical, Regency and Victorian Style. Check out pictures of the pub here.
Each of these eras was strongly influenced by Roman and Greek architecture and you see that reflected in the pub's design and furniture. There are also strong influences from the classic Victorian pub, with its detail and splendour.
When you enter the pub, the clean lines have a fresh, open approach, made of glass as a note of acceptance to modernism allowing full view to the inner traditional pub. Through the entrance we are greeted by a metal cut-out feature of the Fado logo inset into the timber flooring, harping back to Irish traditional craftsmanship.
The Back Bar
On entering the Irish bar, the main focal point is the back bar - a classic Dublin Victorian style - simple and imposing. With a tall arched centrepiece and corniced capital with flanking columns; they are offset by the large bevelled mirror. Stepped shelving with concealed illumination gives an atmospheric glow.
The front of the bar is a contemporary expression of what would have been marquetry in the classical period. This is achieved through a blend of materials happily married together and resulting in a sensory treat.
The bar counter top is a traditional smooth stone set upon a rich timber frame and highlighted by the modern backlit bar front with Celtic graphic. More traditional materials return under foot with the brass foot rail and tumbled mosaic. The length of the front bar is in sympathy with the main classical feature, conveying a feeling of art & antiquity. At one end, we have a 2 persons snug offering a secret hideout that stands out in contrast to the openness of the curved bar.
The Gathering Area and Fireplace
A large classical table and chairs compliment the traditional aspect of the fireplace with a louver canopy screen to the side mimicking traditional window screens. This screen overhangs the leather seated bay and displays images and characters of Ireland past.
The large fireplace dressed with a traditional Victorian over mantle is a sign of elegance and grace. Rising to the ceiling is a decorative frieze used to flank the over mantle with feature lighting adding to the elegance. The open hearth embraces the room and draws people within.
The Dublin Room
This traditional snug room harps back to the authentic traditional feel of the renowned Victorian shop. Here the collection of old pharmaceutical bottles, beer and whiskey bottles displayed on open shelving above leather seats give a sense of the old Dublin not forgotten.