Seattle Bar is Best Soccer Bar in USA


FadosAdLogocr Fado Irish Bar in Seattle has won the Award for the Best Soccer Bar in the USSF Annual Awards. Fado received 16% of the vote. In second place was the Globe Pub in Chicago with 14% followed by Nevada Smith’s, New York City with 13%. As well as Sounders FC games, the bar opens at the crack of dawn to show English Premier League games and Gaelic Football from Ireland.

For the first time since the inaugural Best of U.S. Soccer Awards in 2002, the Best Soccer Bar award went to an establishment outside of Chicago. Fado Irish Pub in Seattle became the first bar west of the Windy City to win the prize, in the closest race out of all of them on the 2009 ballot.

Fado Sponsored Prost Amerika’s US Open Cup Final Coverage

The bar is a member of our Seattle Soccer Bar Guide, and has been the venue for many Sounders FC viewing parties, organised by Sounders supporters clubs like Gorrilla FC and the Sounders FC Meet up Group.

Fado however does more than provide a friendly and hospitable viewing environment for football fans. Earlier this season, it was thanks to a unique partnership with Fado that Prost Amerika was able to report live on Sounders FC’s US Open Cup triumph in Washington DC. The coverage was extensive and did much to elevate the profile of this site’s reporting on a national scale. The bar has also paid for Sounders FC fans to fly to away matches in Columbus through raffle prizes organised by the Gorrilla FC club.

Glaswegian bar manager Gerry Leonard was delighted. Recognising that the award belonged partly to the city of Seattle too, he told us,

“I’d like to thank everyone that voted for us first of all. That we won a US-wide award shows just how important a soccer city Seattle is more than anything. I hope everyone comes and checks us out and we’re looking forward to the World Cup.”

Fado is located at 801 1st Avenue in Seattle’s Pioneer Square district.

See Also:

US Open Cup Final 2009 Celebration Podcast

Prost Amerika’s US Open Cup Final Coverage

Join the Sounders FC Meet up Group


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  1. I won’t disagree. Fado has flatscreens in every room and every time I’ve gone there to watch Sounders matches and they were sure to put it on, turn up the sound, etc. They even carried the USA match in Honduras(?) that was only available via internet TV.

    They section off one of the areas for Gorillas FC, always have a match on and offer good food, friendly barmaids, and are close enough to the Sounders’ stadium to pre-funk before a match. I might have argued the George and Dragon if not for Fado’s proximity to the stadium.

    I do have a complain about Fado though and that is that their music is too loud. Turn that crap down so I can have a convo!

  2. USSF is a joke of an organization that has held back soccer development is the US for generations.