Austin >Arts & Entertainment > Fado Irish Pub - Austin
214 W Fourth St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870130.266765 -97.745504
Fado hosts Wednesday night trivia night, and if you're new to the daunting, lightening speeds of seasoned trivia players, this Irish bar is a good place to break yourself in -- the questions aren't too hard. Fado is also famous for their annual St. Patrick's Day party, and coming from experience, I can tell you that they take wearing green very seriously.
Kathleen is cool – Kathleen is too cool for this. She's fun to be with and I think this is a sham, I just can't believe it.
FakeOs & Austin,TX "A waste of time & money". – Fado? How about FakeO. Though the furnishings may be imported along with some of the alcohol, most everything else is NOT IRISH. In fact, it appears be a local hang out for Upper and Middle Class Yuppies. I didn't go there to hear "Elvis"? WTF, the band was also a joke, no wonder they're usually there and not playing better venues. From what I hear most so-called Irish establishments in Austin are simply "A JOKE". I'm not laughing. Hell even the City of Austin get's in on the cover charge, city parking (I believe my tax$ paid for the garage?, cost $7, then FakeOs $4 cover charge, not alot of money, but thats's what you get for it, NOT ALOT. Don't waste your time or money in Austin.
why r women so stupid? – Why are women so stupid? Do they think the world revolves arounbd them and their complaining? Thanks in advance.
Worse Irish Pub Ever – I went here on St Patty"s Day 2008. This is bar is a false Irish Pub Delux. Cover to get in and highway robbery for a beer or drink. Of course it was crowded, poor wait staff and poor management. This place shoud be avoided always not just at St Pattys day. I rate this the worse Irish bar ever.
WORST service I have experienced in 6 years of serving! – I just wanted you to know that my friend was having her birthday party at Fado recently. Normally we have a wonderful time but unfortunately this time we did not. Kathleen was supposed to be helping us out. She was the WORST ever! She was rude right off the bat and she took forever to get out drinks and forgot orders over and over again. I understand Fado is a busy place. Believe me I have worked in bars and restaurants for the past 6 years. I know. But it was frustrating because we could see her taking her time and talking to some guy who apparently works at Fado as well instead of doing her job.
I just want to say that I have never done this before. I usually understand people in restaurants and bars being busy. But this was ridiculous. Kathleen was just so rude the whole time for no reason! She made it seem like we were a huge inconvenience to her the ENTIRE time. I mean from the moment we got there we were some big burden on her.
My friend told me it was the worst birthday she has ever had. I have to say that I expected more from Fado and my friends and I will have to think twice before coming in again all because of one terrible waitress. I hope that someone will have a talk with her, and perhaps her co-worker (whose customers I'm sure were suffering as well) about their behavior.
Obnoxious staff – I visited Austin last week and unfortunately happened to wander into this bar. When I ordered a drink, the draft beer was totally flat - when I asked the barmaid to replace the drink she first accused me of lying and only v grudgingly replaced it. I asked to speak with the manager after this, but he dismissed me as "an english tosser". Anyone who is English and reading this review, draw your own conclusions about this bar from this.
Oh, the food gave me delhi belly as well.
Wow, nice patio – I used to go to Fado's all the time, but then got tired of it. I went back over the weekend and it was awesome all over again! We sat outside (there were 2 of us) around a huge 8 person table because there were no other seats. We order some drinks (just the right amount of tasty and strong) and some of the cheese dip and wedges, and it was great. The waitress was really nice and friendly, although she disappeared for a little while. We sat in the back and drank with some random people who sat at our table - that's what pubs are for! The best thing about it was that there was some fun music playing. Definitely recommend for large parties.
Love the atmosphere – I went to Fado yesterday to celebrate the conclusion of tax season with a co-worker and her boyfriend and had a blast! I went to Ireland for my honeymoon last year and the part of the pub that we were sitting in was very reminiscent of a pub my husband and I went to in Dublin. The Guinness was fantastic with great head, and the Newcastle was great as usual.
Sharla was our waitress and she did a wonderful job. She did a good job recommending drinks to my indecisive friend.
The happy hour appetizers were an excellent deal. The Irish Nacho's are definitely something to write home about.
We finished off the night with an Irish car bomb and left just as it was getting super busy.
I was very impressed with the whole experience; we've declared Fado "our place". It definitely won't be long before we go again.
Unusual Odors, Tinny Guinness, Tasty Snacks – OK, after some time staying away after a disappointing visit some months ago, I gave it another shot. Not much better.
The bar still suffers from a cleanliness issue, one that pervades in both unpleasant odors and off-tasting Guinness. The odor strokes me as coming from poorly cleaned rags used to wipe down surfaces--there is a faint but pervasive aroma of wet dishrag that hits you on entry. That fades, but the metallic-tasting Guinness I'm afraid, does not. I drink a lot of draught Guinness, and it's not supposed to taste like it's in a metal tankard. The head was good, and the pour proper, but I suspect line or tap cleanliness issues.
If this were a local bar, I'd say it was par for the course, but it's an outlet of a multi-unit national chain concept, with what I assume are higher standards. Even though it's a chain, there is nothing wrong with the bar that a thorough cleaning, including beer lines wouldn't help a lot.
Service is OK if a bit spotty due to the way the bar is divided and broken up by partial walls. Sometimes it's hard to get the bartenders attention, which was the case on this visit too. Food is mostly tasty though, and a sampler platter of cheese dip, chicken tenders and boxty quesadilla, washed down with a Smithwicks (which tasted fine, perhaps less particular about the lines it flows through, or at least less affected) really het the spot.
In sum, give the place a good scrubbing and get the lines cleaned out well and I'll give it another try, perhaps in a few months.
Fun Spot-smells bad – Great happy hour, good specials, fun to meet and enjoy time with friends.
When I was in college all of the bars smelled the same at 10am after the staff had cleaned up from the previous nights doings. Fado has the same problem. After a few drinks it might not matter but watch out at the start of your outing.
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