Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant Miami
We're excited to bring a great Irish pub to Miami. Fadó, pronounced f'doe, is the Irish expression meaning "long ago". The term was commonly used as the preface of old Irish stories told by the Seanchaí (Shana-kee) or storyteller. At Fadó we are telling the story of Ireland's rich and celebrated pub culture. It is a culture of hospitable surroundings, good food and good drink, and friendly conversation- what we call "craic" (prounced "crack").
Fadó is unique in that it was constructed in Dublin and then shipped to Miami for assembly at our Mary Brickell location. Irish pubs have always been the social center for their communities and Fadó continues that fine Irish tradition.
Design and Decor
The story of Fado Miami begins with the design of the pub. It's broken up into a number of sections, each with a specific intent.
The Victorian Long Hall
As you enter the front door you walk into the Victorian Long Hall. A highly decorated dark Victorian large area meeting space mean to represent the Long Hall at Trinity College in Dublin. The Victorian theme is typified by the Dark Cherry wood, ornate light fixtures, elaborate flooring design and decorative stain glass. It is a style of architecture named for the Queen of England Queen Victoria.
As you turn right and head up the stairs to the next level you are standing directly in front of the inside upper stage. This is where a typical Irish Ceili or Sessiun might take place; think a lot of dancing and singing, it's great craic!
Moving forward we enter the Shop area of the pub. The Shop is another one of the Fado primary Design and Décor elements. Typically, the Shop was a place for rural people to meet, buy some things for the home and farm, and socialize. You could go shopping, have a bottle of Guinness and a shot of Irish whiskey and talk with neighbors you haven’t seen in a while. It was the perfect meeting place.
A Pub for Today
As you continue onward you'll enter a more contemporary area of the pub. This newer design is meant to show the younger influence on metropolitan styles that the major European cities are having on today’s Ireland. This is portrayed through the grand windows showing off the Miami skyline and the shopping areas across the street. Also notice the addition of mood lighting accents in the floor and around the old Celtic artwork depicting the Legend of Oisin and the Tir Na Nog. It is the perfect mix of new technology and traditional Irish themed values.
Moving on we enter into the Tradional Country/Cottage theme. In Irish history the tradition of the pub begins in the home. It was actually against ancient Irish law to not extend hospitality to strangers. You'll notice the fireplace and the family pictures. The word Pub comes from the word 'Public House'; a Public House owner would have been called a Publican. Opening one’s home to the public and catering to a strangers needs is the core of what we do here at Fado.
The Importance of Snugs
Next, you will notice another small “room”. This secluded area is called a snug. You will see these throughout the pub and around the bar. It is an important and unique design feature in many Irish Pubs. It originated as a private area attached directly to the bar so that the local parish priest could enjoy his drink in peace!
The Indoor / Outdoor Deck
Go through the door and we are now in the Deck area of the Pub. The Top Deck Lounge, overlooking Mary Brickell Village, is a perfect place to meet friends for Happy Hour, have a meeting or catch a soccer game!
The Deck Area is important to the night life in Miami. Almost all of the windows open up to the street. The light fixtures were selected to represent make-shift outdoor lighting and the furniture is designed to be like typical outdoor deck furniture.
The artwork here is another representation of the Oisin legend. The story goes that Oisin, living in Tir Na Nog as an immortal, falls in love with a mortal woman. He is allowed to leave his land and be with her as long as he stays on his horse. His lover is so overcome with happiness that as she gets on the horse to join him, he falls off and immediately ages and dies.
You will also see artwork telling the story of the freedom of Saint Patrick. He was abducted and sold into slavery to an Irish chieftain when he was just 16 . The design tells the story of his escape and eventual return to Ireland. Saint Patrick is known for saving the Irish people from paganism (the "driving out of the snakes") by bringing Christianity to the clans. Saint Patrick’s day is a huge celebration in both Ireland and America and a major event for Fado Irish Pub. Interestingly enough, there are no snakes on the island of Ireland to this day.
The Stag's Head
Leaving the Deck you'll enter into the Stag’s Head Victorian section of the Pub. It is meant to represent a famous bar in Dublin with the same name. Here you'll see the small Library section of the Pub. This is where we pay homage to some of the great writers in Irish Literature. Writers such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stroker, Samuel Beckett, and Brendan Behan. These writers created wonderful masterpieces and did most of the work while drinking in Irish Pubs.
Directly to the right of the Stag’s head you see the elegant Dublin Room. With its large communal table, it is the perfect
place to have a family dinner or a small private party.