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About Us

About Us

Since way back in the 1900’s, Hewetson Bros. Bar has evolved into an incredible public house, cocktail bar and venue situated in the heart of bustling Westport town, on Bridge Street.


Split across two floors, Hewetson's hosts a first-floor open plan, metropolitan and vibey space – perfect for larger groups, private hire or people watching!


Step into the cosy and historic ground floor to enjoy live sports, cocktails and conversation, while immersing yourself in apparatus from times gone by.


Our aim is to create an authentic, homely, yet contemporary environment for guests to relax, drink and dance.


Our Story

Our Story

Before the modern-day version of Hewetson Bros. Bar, a public house and cocktail bar opened, the famous name first appeared on Bridge Street over 100 years ago.


Although not known for certain, but it was sometime between 1916 and 1920 that William Hewetson first opened a bike shop and garage here, after his return from the First World War. However, William was at his happiest when fishing and so it was from this, his most favoured hobby, that the premises evolved into one of the Wests leading fishing tackle supply shops. William, known locally as ‘Wille Whitewater’ represented Ireland for fishing from 1932-1936, a fact he was extremely proud of.


His son, Norman, took over the reins of the shop in the mid 1970’s and continued to build on the business his father had created. And like his father, Norman also represented Ireland from 1949-1954 and had the honour and distinction of captaining the Irish Team on his final year with them. Norman took great pride and wit in the fact that he had managed to go one better than his father, so to speak, who had represented Ireland in the same competitions. Norman is well recounted as being ‘one of a kind’ generous and resourceful.


In 1990, Norman and his wife Mary, made the decision to sell the shop which is where The Sheehan Family continued to trade for 25 years, expanding their offering into camping and outdoor goods also.


Fast forward to 2020, Hewetson Bros. Bar was opened. The traditional and familiar shopfront sporting the Mayo colours of green and red was restored, and the premises remains an Aladdin’s cave of fishing and hunting paraphernalia, although now in the surrounding of Mayo's finest cocktails, wine and beers!


Throughout all the changes, one thing still remains within the four walls; excellent customer service, friendly faces and a story.


“Where Tradition Meets Conversation.” 



Over the years, Westport has been growing in popularity as a visitor destination. The town boasts many fine restaurants, specialising particularly in seafood and many fine traditional pubs, all providing a friendly ambience and warm Irish hospitality.


Westport has become County Mayo's premier tourist destination, visited by holidaymakers from all over the world and Ireland. You are guaranteed to fall in love with our town from the moment you set foot on to its colourful, flower filled streets, tree lined mall, and buildings filled with gorgeous traditional shop fronts.


Westport town not only boasts a wonderful selection of cafes, bars and restaurants but many tourist facilities too;


  • An excellent 18 hole Championship Golf Course is located approximately one mile outside the town centre.

  • Stroll your way around Westport Town making your way to the historic Westport House and its adjoining Adventure Park. Learn about the house's captivating history on a guided tour or relax in the manicured classical gardens. A great combination of culture and fun for all to enjoy.

  • The town is overlooked by the historic Croagh Patrick which can be enjoyed by walkers of all levels. The views of Clew Bay and further afield from the summit are simply breath-taking.

  • Horse riding and pony trekking are on offer all year round in a number of local equitation centres. Clay pigeon shooting, paintballing, hill walking, sailing and adventure sports are among the many other activities on offer to the visitor.


Many festivals take place throughout the year including Sea Angling in May, The Saltwater Festival in June and Westival in September.


We really are the town that has it all! Visitors visit Westport for the scenery, the pubs and restaurants in the town, blue flag beaches, and Croagh Patrick. Its proximity to ConnemaraAchillClew Bay and Croagh Patrick, and its hotels and guest houses, make it a base for holidaymakers to tour the region Westport is one of Ireland’s most beloved towns - experience it for yourself.




Phone (098) 39010 / (086) 8235 931




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Opening Hours


Monday – from 4pm


Tuesday – from 4pm


Wednesday – from 4pm


Thursday – from 4pm


Friday – from 4pm


Saturday – from 12.30pm to 12pm

Sunday – from 12.30pm to 12pm

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