A Touch of Ireland
By BRITTNEY CASON | Photography by GAYLE SHOMER
Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 01, 2012
The storefront at 20930 Torrence Chapel Road in Cornelius has over the years been Fusion, Solace, Lake Norman Sports Grill, and Marrakesh, a Mediterranean restaurant that closed last July after being open less than two weeks. Today the location is home to the Irish pub and restaurant Paddys Pour House, which opened in January. One would think that the location is cursed for nightlife, but Paddys seems to have broken the spell, as it has quickly become a popular go-to spot at Lake Norman. Perhaps its the luck of the Irish!
Owner Tim Flynn opened Paddys not long after he moved to Cornelius from New York, where owned several bars and restaurants. General manager Shannon Quam says they strive to cultivate a comfortable and laid-back neighborhood bar atmosphere with a personal touch. In fact if a patron asks, theyll even special order specific liquors. With such a warm and friendly staff, it truly is like the Cheers of Lake Norman. In fact all the bartenders remembered my name after my first visit and still greet me personally whenever I walk in the door.
We see all kinds of crowds here, Quam says. Were like a church, everyones welcome.
Paddys Pour House, which is located at the Shops on the Green shopping center, is closed on Sundays throughout the summer because the owners say most people are out enjoying the lake. But when football season starts theyll once again be open seven days a week. And its a great place to hang out and watch sports, with 18 televisions including a big screen on the patio.
Moreover, on Mondays all beers are $3. All of them. Every. Single. One. Even Guinness. Others specials include select beers for a $1 and a dozen wings for $5 on Tuesdays. Wednesday nights are for trivia games, and on Thursdays bottles of wine are half price. Theres live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Patrons can also play pool, darts and video games. A big private dining room is available for private parties.
Theres also a bounty of options when it comes to food and drink, with over 50 kinds of beers and a huge wine selection. Menu items include pub food like wingsa perfect combination of grilled and fried with 10 different homemade sauces to choose from--pizza, quesadillas, burgers and a wide variety of sandwiches, such as crab cakes, Reuben and steak.
So pull up a barstool, order a beer and some grub, and get to know one of Lake Normans newest watering holes.Paddys Pourhouse
20930 Torrence Chappel Road.