Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant-Seattle

★★★★☆
Fado is Gaelic meaning 'long ago'. At Fado 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
  • 801 First Ave

    Seattle, WA 98104

    Cross street: Columbia Street

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  • 206-264-2700

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Excellent and Authentic Food
I Usually enjoy my evening here with friends and we always have fun..
Recommended

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★★★★★

Excellent and Authentic Food
I Usually enjoy my evening here with friends and we always have fun..
Recommended

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This "guy friendly" pub/restaurant is on the corner of 1st and Cherry. The service tends to be pretty speedy (although things can slow considerably when a large sports crowd is handy -- avoid Sounders pre-games). The food is good solid

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This "guy friendly" pub/restaurant is on the corner of 1st and Cherry. The service tends to be pretty speedy (although things can slow considerably when a large sports crowd is handy -- avoid Sounders pre-games). The food is good solid

Pros: Terrific atmosphere

Cons: Can be busy... and very man-ly

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This is a great Irish bar centrally located in downtown seattle which makes it easy for everyone to find, but of course parking can be a nightmare. I do love the inside and find this is a great place to meet up with friends. It is of course super crowded on St Patricks Day and can look like a hurricane came through if you arrive late. I do enjoy the tiny outdoor area and the few tables on a sunny afternoon. My favorite of this bar is the make your own bloody mary bar, they give you a glass with vodka and you go to a table and set it up with all the fixings for about 8.50$. I cheat and go back to add more olives and things after I have drank some of the drink down. For some reason making my own drinks brings me great joy and I do seem to feel pretty happy after 1 or 2. Unfortunately the times for this varies, it seems to be on Sundays, but lately seems to be only Sundays when there are sports games going on at the nearby stadiums. Do check it out.

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★★★★☆

This is a great Irish bar centrally located in downtown seattle which makes it easy for everyone to find, but of course parking can be a nightmare. I do love the inside and find this is a great place to meet up with friends. It is of course super crowded on St Patricks Day and can look like a hurricane came through if you arrive late. I do enjoy the tiny outdoor area and the few tables on a sunny afternoon. My favorite of this bar is the make your own bloody mary bar, they give you a glass with vodka and you go to a table and set it up with all the fixings for about 8.50$. I cheat and go back to add more olives and things after I have drank some of the drink down. For some reason making my own drinks brings me great joy and I do seem to feel pretty happy after 1 or 2. Unfortunately the times for this varies, it seems to be on Sundays, but lately seems to be only Sundays when there are sports games going on at the nearby stadiums. Do check it out.

Pros: bloody marys, location

Cons: crowded

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I'm not an irish bar expert, but if I had to choose my favorite in town, I would pick this place. It's great for live music (though sometimes a little loud) or just grabbing a beer with friends. The layout is nice so you can enjoy conversation away from the band if you want as well. It can get crowded, but that's a sign of a good irish bar in my opinion!

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★★★☆☆

I'm not an irish bar expert, but if I had to choose my favorite in town, I would pick this place. It's great for live music (though sometimes a little loud) or just grabbing a beer with friends. The layout is nice so you can enjoy conversation away from the band if you want as well. It can get crowded, but that's a sign of a good irish bar in my opinion!

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new to Seattle and I have to say if you want a relaxed but FUN atomosphere Fado's is the place to be on a Saturday. Had a great time, will be back :)

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★★★★★

new to Seattle and I have to say if you want a relaxed but FUN atomosphere Fado's is the place to be on a Saturday. Had a great time, will be back :)

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Great vibe here! One of my favorite Irish pubs. Live music is always great and it is a great bar for people watching.

2
★★★★☆

Great vibe here! One of my favorite Irish pubs. Live music is always great and it is a great bar for people watching.

Pros: Casual, Music, Crowd

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Are you kidding me?! Best Irish Pub in Seattle?! Maybe because Fado is a chain and therefore gets Awards for it. By no means is this the best Irish Pub in Seattle. They can't even make Cornbeef and cabbage correctly!!!
They serve shredded cabbage and sliced corn beef and call it authentic?! I'm from Ireland and that IS NOT how you serve Cornbeef & Cabbage. I ordered the same thing at Celtic Swell (Alki Beach), Mick Kelly's (Burien) and at Owl & Thistle ( behind Fados) and it came in the Traditional manner of quartered Cabbage and Chunked Corn Beef. Fado's is a joke. Granted the decor and atmosphere will do any irishman justice, but the cover charge will hurt your wallet. Who gives out these Awards anyway?!

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★★☆☆☆

Are you kidding me?! Best Irish Pub in Seattle?! Maybe because Fado is a chain and therefore gets Awards for it. By no means is this the best Irish Pub in Seattle. They can't even make Cornbeef and cabbage correctly!!!
They serve shredded cabbage and sliced corn beef and call it authentic?! I'm from Ireland and that IS NOT how you serve Cornbeef & Cabbage. I ordered the same thing at Celtic Swell (Alki Beach), Mick Kelly's (Burien) and at Owl & Thistle ( behind Fados) and it came in the Traditional manner of quartered Cabbage and Chunked Corn Beef. Fado's is a joke. Granted the decor and atmosphere will do any irishman justice, but the cover charge will hurt your wallet. Who gives out these Awards anyway?!

Pros: Decor

Cons: Food

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cant wait to drink some green beer next week. this is my favorite holiday to get drunk and have a good time

2
★★★★★

cant wait to drink some green beer next week. this is my favorite holiday to get drunk and have a good time

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I had a Guinness BBQ Chicken sandwich and I'd eat one every day if possible, it was that good. The bar was impressive, but unfortunately they were so busy (during a game) that the waitress was pulling double duty as a bartender and was running all over the place. Luckily she seemed to have energy to spare. This seems like a typical American Irish Pub, and I would have no issues eating/drinking there again though I'd also like to try the Owl n' Thistle around the corner which looks a little more authentic.

My only complaints are that my Guinness was a little expensive and my table was wobbly. Definitely not deal breakers, but worth noting.

2
★★★★☆

I had a Guinness BBQ Chicken sandwich and I'd eat one every day if possible, it was that good. The bar was impressive, but unfortunately they were so busy (during a game) that the waitress was pulling double duty as a bartender and was running all over the place. Luckily she seemed to have energy to spare. This seems like a typical American Irish Pub, and I would have no issues eating/drinking there again though I'd also like to try the Owl n' Thistle around the corner which looks a little more authentic.

My only complaints are that my Guinness was a little expensive and my table was wobbly. Definitely not deal breakers, but worth noting.

Pros: Great bar and AMAZING Guinness BBQ sauce

Cons: My table was wobbly

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This is one of my favorite bars in Seattle. I don't think I've ever NOT had a good time there! I prefer to go on Saturday nights when they have this two person band that plays cover music. It gets pretty busy on weekend nights to get there early if you want a table.

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★★★★★

This is one of my favorite bars in Seattle. I don't think I've ever NOT had a good time there! I prefer to go on Saturday nights when they have this two person band that plays cover music. It gets pretty busy on weekend nights to get there early if you want a table.

Pros: Great atmosphere, more guys than girls (obviously I am a girl)

Cons: Parking

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Fado is to Irish pubs what Denny's is to American diners. Not bad, but not great. Not authentic. Not worth spending your money in. You can order Guinness anywhere--why get it here? Seriously--there is not a single reason to spend your money in this bar. Go anywhere else on the block--Owl N Thistle, Contour, or up the street to Earth & Ocean's happy hour. Fado is overpriced, cold, and completely devoid of charm.

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★☆☆☆☆

Fado is to Irish pubs what Denny's is to American diners. Not bad, but not great. Not authentic. Not worth spending your money in. You can order Guinness anywhere--why get it here? Seriously--there is not a single reason to spend your money in this bar. Go anywhere else on the block--Owl N Thistle, Contour, or up the street to Earth & Ocean's happy hour. Fado is overpriced, cold, and completely devoid of charm.

Pros: Convenient location

Cons: Poor service, expensive

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This place is to Irish pubs what Taco Bell is to Mexican restaurants. Everything here seems like it was placed by a committee of people from at the Institute of Irish Cliches & Stereotypes. I'm told there is an identical Fado in dozens of cities around the US, absolutely generic! The food was average and the drinks were a bit overpriced, to be expected in this neighborhood though. The staff was friendly and it's close to the ferry dock, other than that I probably will look elsewhere in the future for a real Irish experience.

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★★☆☆☆

This place is to Irish pubs what Taco Bell is to Mexican restaurants. Everything here seems like it was placed by a committee of people from at the Institute of Irish Cliches & Stereotypes. I'm told there is an identical Fado in dozens of cities around the US, absolutely generic! The food was average and the drinks were a bit overpriced, to be expected in this neighborhood though. The staff was friendly and it's close to the ferry dock, other than that I probably will look elsewhere in the future for a real Irish experience.

Pros: Close to the Bremmerton/Bainbridge Ferry Dock.

Cons: Plastic fake Irish corporate feel.

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The menu looked great, but I didn't end up ordering any food because I was so put off by our server's attitude. She threw some menus on the table and then looked at us to get our order. When we asked for a minute to look at the menu, she rolled her eyes and stalked away. She didn't smile once, and didn't respond to our "thank you's". When she came back again and glared at me as I was trying to put in my order, I immediately lost my appetite and just got a beer. I have a feeling that this isn't indicative of the entire Fado staff, but if you get unlucky and get waitstaff like her, it can ruin an otherwise great night.

Their live music was fantastic, and the clientele cleaner and not as immature as other places in the area.

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★★★☆☆

The menu looked great, but I didn't end up ordering any food because I was so put off by our server's attitude. She threw some menus on the table and then looked at us to get our order. When we asked for a minute to look at the menu, she rolled her eyes and stalked away. She didn't smile once, and didn't respond to our "thank you's". When she came back again and glared at me as I was trying to put in my order, I immediately lost my appetite and just got a beer. I have a feeling that this isn't indicative of the entire Fado staff, but if you get unlucky and get waitstaff like her, it can ruin an otherwise great night.

Their live music was fantastic, and the clientele cleaner and not as immature as other places in the area.

Pros: Music, location

Cons: Service

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You can get a pint of Guinness anywhere. Alright service but nowhere as good as some of the other reviews claim. Not dingy enough to be an Irish pub. H it or a miss.

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★★★☆☆

You can get a pint of Guinness anywhere. Alright service but nowhere as good as some of the other reviews claim. Not dingy enough to be an Irish pub. H it or a miss.

Pros: Might be great

Cons: Might not

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Fado is downtown so it can be a great place after work while being close enough to Pioneer Square if you want to live it up without listening to bad music. The food is great and I have gone just for the rashers. The staff are almost always awesome but you might get unlucky and feel like you're at Red Robin if you get one of the few bad ones. Soccer is on if you don't mind getting a cramp in your neck from watching the randomly positioned TVs. I appreciate that they are opening early for matches but so is every other Irish, English, or Scottish place in town. It is really only worth it if you are close by since the beers are twice as much as the competition.

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★★★☆☆

Fado is downtown so it can be a great place after work while being close enough to Pioneer Square if you want to live it up without listening to bad music. The food is great and I have gone just for the rashers. The staff are almost always awesome but you might get unlucky and feel like you're at Red Robin if you get one of the few bad ones. Soccer is on if you don't mind getting a cramp in your neck from watching the randomly positioned TVs. I appreciate that they are opening early for matches but so is every other Irish, English, or Scottish place in town. It is really only worth it if you are close by since the beers are twice as much as the competition.

Pros: Rashers

Cons: Expensive beer

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I've been here several times and I've finally decided to never go again. The drinks are decent and the location is great, so it took me a while to realize that the service is always somewhere between mediocre and hostile. It's as if the wait staff could really care less about the customers. After my last experience at Fado, which was particularly disappointing, I sent an e-mail to management. They responded with a halfhearted apology and no offer of compensation.
I've mentioned this to a few friends and they all mentioned having similar experiences. The only reason this place stays open is because of the great location.

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★★☆☆☆

I've been here several times and I've finally decided to never go again. The drinks are decent and the location is great, so it took me a while to realize that the service is always somewhere between mediocre and hostile. It's as if the wait staff could really care less about the customers. After my last experience at Fado, which was particularly disappointing, I sent an e-mail to management. They responded with a halfhearted apology and no offer of compensation.
I've mentioned this to a few friends and they all mentioned having similar experiences. The only reason this place stays open is because of the great location.

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Best corned beef and cabbage I've ever had that wasn't cooked by someone's grandma, and unlike some of the other "Irish" pubs around Seattle they can actually pour a pint. I was so impressed that when I was on a road trip recently I looked up all the Fado pubs that were anywhere near my route and stopped in for dinner and a few pints at all of them, none of them disappointed.

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★★★★★

Best corned beef and cabbage I've ever had that wasn't cooked by someone's grandma, and unlike some of the other "Irish" pubs around Seattle they can actually pour a pint. I was so impressed that when I was on a road trip recently I looked up all the Fado pubs that were anywhere near my route and stopped in for dinner and a few pints at all of them, none of them disappointed.

Pros: Great food, pints poured right, nice atmosphere during the day.

Cons: Can be very crowded at night, in WA state so there's no smoking inside.

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Love the new late night happy hour! I can always find a place to eat late on the weekends, but never mid-week. But Fado now serves their happy hour and full appetizers until 1. I love the friendliness of the staff and the pints of Guinness are great! Now even more reasons to hang out there.

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★★★★★

Love the new late night happy hour! I can always find a place to eat late on the weekends, but never mid-week. But Fado now serves their happy hour and full appetizers until 1. I love the friendliness of the staff and the pints of Guinness are great! Now even more reasons to hang out there.

Pros: late night food, free wi-fi

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If You're Up, You're Irish is the tagline here and they must be Irish because all the staff are "Up". Friendly, knowledgeable and energetic. I am becoming a regular here for the food, the great beer and my regular lunch time server, Carter. Honestly, I have never had a server who knows so much about beer. I've been in on a Saturday night recently and the atmosphere is a little different but it's Saturday night, the place is jumping and the staff are still smiling!

2
★★★★★

If You're Up, You're Irish is the tagline here and they must be Irish because all the staff are "Up". Friendly, knowledgeable and energetic. I am becoming a regular here for the food, the great beer and my regular lunch time server, Carter. Honestly, I have never had a server who knows so much about beer. I've been in on a Saturday night recently and the atmosphere is a little different but it's Saturday night, the place is jumping and the staff are still smiling!

Pros: Great Service, Friendly Staff.

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I Love this place!!!! They have the best Pint of Guiness in town! I went there with four friends, we had a great time. A really cool touch is they have different branded glassware for each beer. Even if the beer wasn't as great as it is I would still go just to be served by Liz behind the bar, she is the BEST!

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★★★★★

I Love this place!!!! They have the best Pint of Guiness in town! I went there with four friends, we had a great time. A really cool touch is they have different branded glassware for each beer. Even if the beer wasn't as great as it is I would still go just to be served by Liz behind the bar, she is the BEST!

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My wife and I stopped in Monday evening for a bite and a pint. We've been here a few times before and were only disappointed when they charge a cover. My wife ordered the Full Irish All-Day Breakfast which was huge and tastey, I ordered the Corned Beef and Cabbage which was also large.... but the cabbage was so bland that I thought it was unseasoned shredded coleslaw that had been boiled to death. I've been to Ireland and that is not how they prepare it for you. It will not be ordered again anytime soon. Great service and a wide selection of beer's on tap. Comfortable atmosphere and easy on your wallet. Overall a great place for a game and a pint.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I stopped in Monday evening for a bite and a pint. We've been here a few times before and were only disappointed when they charge a cover. My wife ordered the Full Irish All-Day Breakfast which was huge and tastey, I ordered the Corned Beef and Cabbage which was also large.... but the cabbage was so bland that I thought it was unseasoned shredded coleslaw that had been boiled to death. I've been to Ireland and that is not how they prepare it for you. It will not be ordered again anytime soon. Great service and a wide selection of beer's on tap. Comfortable atmosphere and easy on your wallet. Overall a great place for a game and a pint.

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As an Irishman living in Seattle I have to say this is my home away from home. Great food, great atmosphere, friendly staff and the best pint of Guinness outside of Ireland!

Sinead behind the bar is enough to make me come back 2 or 3 times a week for a reminder of home.

The best Irish bar in Seattle, without a doubt!

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★★★★★

As an Irishman living in Seattle I have to say this is my home away from home. Great food, great atmosphere, friendly staff and the best pint of Guinness outside of Ireland!

Sinead behind the bar is enough to make me come back 2 or 3 times a week for a reminder of home.

The best Irish bar in Seattle, without a doubt!

Pros: Atmosphere, friendly staff, great pints, good food and pretty girls (especially at the weekend).

Cons: 0

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Great place to watch futbol after work or on the weekends. Friendly service and they know the REAL way to pour a pint of Guiness. The food is very good and reasonably priced as well.

2
★★★★★

Great place to watch futbol after work or on the weekends. Friendly service and they know the REAL way to pour a pint of Guiness. The food is very good and reasonably priced as well.

Pros: best pint of Guiness

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We loved Fado and their friendly staff! The live music was all music we knew and the place was electric on Saturday! We came in and watched soccer on Sunday with Gerry the manager and had a good laugh.
Great before a Mariners game....Fado's happy hour menu was a great deal and really good food!
The best pint of Guinness I have ever had!
Loved it! Thanks Gerry!

2
★★★★★

We loved Fado and their friendly staff! The live music was all music we knew and the place was electric on Saturday! We came in and watched soccer on Sunday with Gerry the manager and had a good laugh.
Great before a Mariners game....Fado's happy hour menu was a great deal and really good food!
The best pint of Guinness I have ever had!
Loved it! Thanks Gerry!

Pros: Live Music, Great Happy Hour, Incredible Brunch

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Unbelievable World Cup coverage and a great place for a great pint of Guinness, great food and great staff! We had a great time for lunch and ended up staying all the way through the night! Came back for Brunch on Saturday and loved it.
I travel all over the country and always try to find an Irish pub. Fado was reasonably priced and good fun all the way around! A must see.

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★★★★★

Unbelievable World Cup coverage and a great place for a great pint of Guinness, great food and great staff! We had a great time for lunch and ended up staying all the way through the night! Came back for Brunch on Saturday and loved it.
I travel all over the country and always try to find an Irish pub. Fado was reasonably priced and good fun all the way around! A must see.

Pros: Great Guinness, Great Food, Great Staff

Cons: None

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I've been to Fado's quite a few times over the past year or two and everytime I leave with a smile. The service is always excellent. Whether you are there for lunch or a night out for some live music. At lunch you'll see everyone from business men to tourists, and at night you'll see people from their early 20's to late 30's. Great prices too. I love ending up there for lunch or @ 2am, just a great joint to be.

2
★★★★★

I've been to Fado's quite a few times over the past year or two and everytime I leave with a smile. The service is always excellent. Whether you are there for lunch or a night out for some live music. At lunch you'll see everyone from business men to tourists, and at night you'll see people from their early 20's to late 30's. Great prices too. I love ending up there for lunch or @ 2am, just a great joint to be.

Pros: service, food, price

Cons: ?

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i give this place 3 stars for a couple of reasons. the place isn't entirely horrible, but i've consistantly found the service to be lacking and unfriendly. this is usually a place i get wine or beer as you know what you are going to get that way. their drinks are usually more filler than alcohol. however, their food is good and they do have a fun decor, especially the dungeon in the back!

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★★★☆☆

i give this place 3 stars for a couple of reasons. the place isn't entirely horrible, but i've consistantly found the service to be lacking and unfriendly. this is usually a place i get wine or beer as you know what you are going to get that way. their drinks are usually more filler than alcohol. however, their food is good and they do have a fun decor, especially the dungeon in the back!

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I wish I could go to an Irish pub and feel like I am in Ireland. Fado is not one of them. You can find some hip hop music but I have yet to find an Irish group playing here.

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★★★☆☆

I wish I could go to an Irish pub and feel like I am in Ireland. Fado is not one of them. You can find some hip hop music but I have yet to find an Irish group playing here.

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My favorite pub for drinks and dinner with friend. Awesome beer selection. Not kid friendly, but, hey, this is an Irish pub :)

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★★★★★

My favorite pub for drinks and dinner with friend. Awesome beer selection. Not kid friendly, but, hey, this is an Irish pub :)

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Good place to go if your waiting for a game, they have different spaces for larger party's the burgers, shepherd Pie, and appetizers are all good. Great beer selection.

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★★★★★

Good place to go if your waiting for a game, they have different spaces for larger party's the burgers, shepherd Pie, and appetizers are all good. Great beer selection.

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Good Irish beer and comfort food. I like the shepherds pie and burgers. Also a great meeting place for business and other parties as they have semi private sections.

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★★★★★

Good Irish beer and comfort food. I like the shepherds pie and burgers. Also a great meeting place for business and other parties as they have semi private sections.

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Really liked the Humus dish. The bread/chip is deep fried and very dilish!

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★★★★★

Really liked the Humus dish. The bread/chip is deep fried and very dilish!

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I really liked the Irish Pub theme and they service was great. They food is pretty good too and they have a great selection of drinks. Just the other weekend there was a rugby game and they showed it in the restaurant. I couldn't go but

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★★★★☆

I really liked the Irish Pub theme and they service was great. They food is pretty good too and they have a great selection of drinks. Just the other weekend there was a rugby game and they showed it in the restaurant. I couldn't go but

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Right at the corner of 1st and Columbia. I like their burgers, juicy and tender. The interior decor is nice and great for pre-dinner/dinner meet ups.

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★★★★☆

Right at the corner of 1st and Columbia. I like their burgers, juicy and tender. The interior decor is nice and great for pre-dinner/dinner meet ups.

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Fado's is one of my favorite places for early evening get togethers in downtown Seattle. Always friendly service and great beer selection. Food is hit or miss, although fish and chips, burgers and chicken strips are great standbys.

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★★★★☆

Fado's is one of my favorite places for early evening get togethers in downtown Seattle. Always friendly service and great beer selection. Food is hit or miss, although fish and chips, burgers and chicken strips are great standbys.

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For a fun night out why not try Fado Irish Pub downtown. On Fridays and Saturdays the bar has live bands- including the Kennedy Brothers who perform classic hits from a variety of artists like Van Morrison to Top 10 pop acts. You can't

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★★★★☆

For a fun night out why not try Fado Irish Pub downtown. On Fridays and Saturdays the bar has live bands- including the Kennedy Brothers who perform classic hits from a variety of artists like Van Morrison to Top 10 pop acts. You can't

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