Drink Deals: $5 House Wine or Beer (changes monthly)
Food Deals: $4 Snacks
Drink Up: Hey perverts, you're guaranteed a three-way. Get a beer + wine + appetizer for $10! Seriously, this is promoted as a 3-way. Tee-hee!!
Spill The Wine: Don't spill anything here. Drink up all the great cocktails, food, and service!
True Happy Hour Story: I've almost sworn off River North Happy Hours. I love the bar and restaurant lined streets but some places seem a little too "Places for Sugar Daddy to Take You"-slash-PRETTY WOMAN shopping scene for me and my wallet... and I lived in Los Angeles for 10 years... and I work in the entertainment industry. However, when Mallory, the Events Sales & Marketing Manager for Fado Irish Pub reached out to me about checking out the River North location, I had a good feeling.
On a Wednesday evening, I met up with Mallory to find out what Fado Irish Pub's Happy Hour is all about. Due to my previous experiences locating bars & restaurants in River North, I left plenty of time to actually find the bar but it was so easy, that I arrived a few minutes early. I took a seat at the bar, reviewed the menu, and let the bartender know that I would be waiting for my party. The staff was attentive and checked on me more than once during this happening Happy Hour with lots of different types of crowds. A big plus considered I once waited a solid thirty minutes for a drink at a non-happening Happy Hour even WHEN I was meeting their marketing team!!!
Once Mallory arrived, Happy Hour really got started! Instead of ordering one of the beers or house wines priced at $5, I ordered the non-Happy Hour priced Fado Jameson & Crabbie's Ginger Beer cocktail ($10). I'm a big fan of Jameson so I felt the Irish whiskey was a must for an Irish pub. The drink was light, crisp, and not too bubbly for someone not a big fan of beer and this rare alcohol ginger beer was on point! The drink is definitely worth the purchase, but I advise all boozers be cautious. The drink goes down so easy that it's sure to catch up with you!
For eats, we split an order of slow roasted Pork Belly ($4) and Thin Cut Chips, topped with Harp Larger Cheese Sauce and Bacon ($4). The chips can be ordered thin or thick cut, served with a sauce, or topped with 4 other combos. One thing's for sure: when it comes to flavoring Fado Irish Pub is big on Guinness and Harp Larger. They’re added to mayo, BBQ, cheese and ice cream! Next time, I'll have to save room for a Guinness ice cream dessert.
Since moving back to the Chicagoland area, I've long been on a year-long search for a place that reminds me of my beloved LA bar, The Woods and I feel that Fado's Irish Pub filled the void that night. Everyone that Mallory introduced me to was super friendly and welcoming (with strong handshakes!), just like staff of The Woods would be anytime JB & I introduced anyone to the bar. While waiting for Happy Hour to start, I eyeballed bar regulars and a crowd so cool and diverse enough that anyone can feel welcome whether it be after-work drinks, a date, or a group meeting up before a Chicago Fire game. On my visit, I learned that Fado often serves as a pre-game bar and bus stop before folks hop on the bus to games.
|The Fado Irish Pub Activities Board|
Once Happy Hour came to a close, Mallory gave me a tour of the full location. On the upper level, there are more booths and an actual bar that the owner had shipped over from Ireland. Backstory: It's the bar where the owner and his father used to drink together in the old country. Cheers to that! For a bar so cool and historic, I couldn't believe this bar is part of a chain! Fado Irish Pub also has locations in Austin, Denver, Miami, and many more.
In addition to Happy Hour, Fado has lots of other activities and specials going on from brunch to trivia night to DJ's to sporting events. Check it out and tell 'em JG sent ya!
Fado Irish Pub
Neighborhood: River North
100 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654