The Galway Hooker Restaurant and Irish Pub believes that nothing inspires a great story like a delicious…

meal and a refreshing pint. That’s because the Galway Hooker is a story in and of itself. Originally built in Ireland, the pub was deconstructed and moved piece-by-piece to its current location off the shores of Lake Norman, just a stone’s throw from Charlotte, North Carolina.

The pub is named for Galway Bay, which lies on the west coast of Ireland. Nearly all of the artifacts and décor inside the pub, including an authentic Galway Hooker boat, are from the area surrounding Galway Bay.

A Story in Itself

The Hooker, a name associated with hooks and fishing lines, refers to four classes of boats: The Standard Rigging, The Leath Bhad, The Gleoiteog and The Pucan.

The Hooker’s History Afloat

The ship, the Galway Hooker, supported a significant fishing industry in Galway Bay and


the Connemara Coast in the 19th century. It carried goods, livestock, and fuel at a time when the seas were the main means of transportation and communication within coastal communities. Since the mid-70s, many of the old sailing crafts that were on the verge of extinction have been lovingly restored and new ones have been built.

The Galway Hooker model in the window was built in Roundstone, Ireland and the mural on the left side exterior of the pub depicts the town of Kinvara, the sailing capital of the Galway Hooker Sailboats by Galway Bay.

Pub Interior ~ A Long Journey

The owners of the Galway Hooker Irish Pub researched pubs in Ireland, along with their origin, history, styles, and roles in Irish culture to fit with the theme of Lough Norman.

The Galway hooker Irish Pub was designed in Dublin and shipped to Cornelius, NC.

Here at the Galway Hooker, we take pleasure in your company and enjoy the art of conversation, reveling in music and song and combining good, wholesome food with satisfying and distinctive drinks.

 

Liscannor Stone Floor 

The floor of the Galway Hooker Irish Pub comes from stone rose of the Cliffs of Moher and the fishing village of Liscannor. In fact, the streets of Liverpool, Manchester, and Glasgow were once paved with the same stone you see here at the pub!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Currach

Symbolic of Irish Fisherman, the Currach, (pronounced currock) that is suspended from our ceiling is from Doolin, Ireland.


These traditional vessels are typically lath and canvas rowing boats unchanged in their design for centuries. This traditional craft of the Irish fisherman has survived storms in which bigger boats have perished, a symbol of the courage of Irish fishermen overcoming adversity.

Currachs are still used today in the Aran Islands of Inis Mor, Inis Malain, and Inis Oirr, the bulwark of Galway Bay protecting the city of Galway from the inclemency of North Atlantic storms.

Galway Today

The Galway Hooker serves traditional Irish favorites fused with contemporary items all made with fresh, locally grown ingredients.

The Galway Hooker is also home to Lake Norman Comedy Zone, which attracts some of the biggest names in comedy. The Comedy Zone has welcomed Pauly Shore, Carlos Mencia, Tom Green, and many other legends throughout the years.

Today’s pub boasts an intimate event venue, Waterford Hall, that brings the history of Old-World Irish architecture into the modern feeling of today with original décor, exposed duct-work, and stained concrete flooring.

The pub’s staple event is the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Every year, the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, the pub transforms the entire block into something reminiscent of Grafton Street in Dublin. The festivities go on all day with live bands, Irish dancers, bagpipers, local artisan vendors, a kids zone, food trucks, and of course, plenty of bars!

No matter the time of year or your reason for visiting, don’t forget – at the Hooker you…

ENTER AS FRIENDS AND LEAVE AS FAMILY!