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October 6, 2008


guinnessGooooooood morning!

How is everyone feeling this glorious Monday morning? Peachy keen?

Well then, let me share with you my weekend exploits. Has anyone been to Fado Irish Pub (808 7th St. NW) in Washington? We stopped by there on Friday night for a couple beers.

Fado has a generic, McIrish pub feel (and it tries really hard), but I couldn't complain about the service.

Washington may be more expensive than Baltimore ($6 for a Guinness) but I'd gladly pay a buck extra for better service.

Anybody go to Fort McHenry's Welcome-Home-Michael Phelps party? Or the Fells Point Fun Festival? I was there for a few hours yesterday volunteering in the beer garden. Like I said, it was tough, but someone had to do it.

(AP photo of someone pouring Guinness. At Fado, they have Guinness on tap. But this was the best photo I could find in a pinch.)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:24 AM | | Comments (8)


I spent my weekend in accordance with the prophecy—playing bluegrass and folk music with friends, DJing, and seeing the quite good (if occasionally oddly paced) The Matchmaker at Center Stage. I also caught Burn After Reading, which was reasonably fun. (But the critics are right: it is largely paint-by-numbers Coen brothers.) Got to Mustang Alley's too late to bowl but did have a drink.

And Sam served me beer at Fell's Point!

This weekend I also made two important discoveries.

#1: I am so jaded from having a roofdeck that I couldn't be bothered to go up and see what all the noise was about over at Ft. McHenry. I heard bangs, thought "Probably fireworks," and went back to reading.

2#: If I am watching football with Sam, and I leave while our team is winning, they will then go on to lose. Since it happened once last Sunday and twice yesterday, I am pretty sure this is Sam's fault.

I've been to Fado in Annapolis. I thought it was so-so. I wonder if there is a difference between the Washington and Annapolis locations? I did go on a weeknight (it was a few months ago...but, I think it was a Tuesday night), so that might be the difference. Have you made it down to Park Place in Annapolis yet - Morton's, Fado, Carpaccio, etc.?

So, what were you doing in DC? It didn't have anything to do with the NKOTB being in town, did it?

Sam, I've been to Fado in Philly and it was great.

I've been to Fado's in Chinatown many times. Can't say i'm a big fan. Your description is pretty good -- a cookie cutter Irish pub with overpriced drinks. The service is ok, but like everywhere else, pretty slow when it gets crowded.

I'm puzzled as to why you would drive all the way to DC to go to Fado's.

I'm a big fan of Fado's and that entire Penn Quarter area in general. There is a bar nearby called Proof that has wine on tap - see age old disappointment re: Taps with no wine on tap - and Proof is what made me believe in wine on tap at Taps. Can I call myself a Wine Whore on this blog? I'm not sure if you have to bleep it out, like Wine Wh*re.

It's been a long day. I miss Metropolitan, when will they reopen?

I spent the weekend following the whole Angles Rock Bar vs. Joel Madden vs. 98 Rock vs. Sam Sessa story. Oh and I worked. Fun.

Patchen, you missed a really good show with Cory Branan. He was slated to play inside the bar, but there was a game going on, so I think they kicked him outside. It ended up being about 30 or so people who pulled the outside tables into a horseshoe pattern, and made it kinda like a VH1 storytellers deal. Anyway, he ended up playing for almost 3 hours, but had to give up because it was getting too cold for his fingers to actually feel the strings on his guitar.

wait a minute... did i read right? YOU were running a BEER WAGON? isn't that akin to a rabbit running a lettuce market?

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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