A bit of Ireland in the District of Columbia? The capitol location of Fadó Irish Pub makes a good attempt. Atop the stone and wood floors reside tall tables, booths and a long U-shaped wooden bar. Overhead, low-slung dark wooden beam create a feeling of closeness as black & white prints and murals provide texture and color for the surrounding walls. The loft bookshelves create cozy corner nooks that offer enough seclusion for quiet conversation. The music is often Irish Folk and Pop but ventures into American Rock & Roll at times. Multiple nitrogen-powered taps keep the Guinness Stout flowing to an appreciative crowd. Bass, Harp and some ciders are also on draught. From nearby Virginia comes the Scottish Ale made by Old Dominion. The rich malty flavor is matched to a nice body and clean finish. A great rendition of this classic style. With a local name but out-of-state contract brewer, F.X. Matt, comes the Foggy Bottom. This clear, amber-colored brew has a dry, malty flavor with a light hop bitterness. Definitely out-classed by all the full-flavored beers on hand. The decor here may be similar to the Fadó's of San Diego or San Francisco but for Washington, DC it does the job. A comfortable setting with top-notch beers, the perfect place to hoist a few.
Fadó Irish Pub
808 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - August, 1998
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