As far as Irish pubs go, it goes without saying that the best ones are in, well, Ireland. Jokes aside, though, Irish pubs have over the years and decades made the transition from sequestered locales intended solely for Irish folks to true, multinational hubs of draft beer, folk songs and a distinct, subcultural movement. Seeing how Mississauga is becoming a multinational megalopolis in its own right, it makes perfect sense it needs its own Irish pub. And what a pub it has, folks.
But, first and foremost, the name; given that it’s an Irish pub we’re talking about, chances are you’re struggling with pronouncing it. So, to cut to the chase right away, it’s not “falltley,” nor “falches” and it certainly isn’t “failtee.” As a matter of fact, it is actually pronounced “fall’cha,” which is Gaelic for “welcome.” The origin and most common use of the word (which is, coincidentally, the perfect name for an Irish pub) is in the phrase “céad míle fáilte,” which stands for “a hundred thousand welcomes.”
For those looking to truly understand Irish culture and mentality, the best place to start (and often times, finish) is a pub. So, what would one expect to find in a typical Irish pub? Perhaps a warm and friendly welcome, patrons, live entertainment, some Irish stew, a great atmosphere, fish and chips, whiskey and, of course, Guinness. The thing is, all of this is more than abundant at Failte. However, Failte is not just your typical Irish pub; it is so much more at the same time.
Designed in Dublin by O’Brien Irish pubs, Failte boasts more than 6,000 square feet of space and was opened back in 1998. A particular aspect that sets it apart from the rest is the fact that it is the first Irish pub in Canada to incorporate several different concepts in one location. No less than six separate areas can be found inside, each of which features its own sense of theatre and atmosphere. Genuine Irish antique pieces adorn countless nooks and crannies throughout Failte, not to mention numerous pieces of handcrafted, authentic furniture.
Put simply, the inner sanctum of this Irish pub was designed to deliver a medieval Celtic experience to customers. It is reminiscent of a scene from a banquet at the famous Bunratty Castle in Ireland. A parlour, Victorian bar, Brennan’s Lounge and snugs are set at the entrance to Failte, with the snugs representing an ideal setting for smaller groups of guests. Reminiscent of rural Ireland, the old-country cottage that is Failte allows guests to cosy up to the stone that made it all the way from Cork. And should you feel so inclined, you could even tinkle a tune on the piano or join in a sing-song.
Certainly one of the most captivating things about Failte is its year-round open patio, which has room for 80 guests and also happens to be the largest heated patio in town. Designed to let visitors experience the outdoors regardless of the weather, the patio also features a fully covered roof. This makes it ideal for both grand celebrations and private meetings alike, come sun, rain or hail.