(especially in Ireland, Scotland, and South Africa) an unlicensed establishment or private house selling alcohol and typically regarded as slightly disreputable.
(in South Africa) an informal licensed drinking place in a township.
In Melbourne, Shebeen means a jolly good time is to be found in Manchester Lane, where the $ you spend goes towards deserving projects in developing countries. As their website says: “A place to drink to the future” (http://www.shebeen.com.au).
Shebeen opened in 2013 and was one of the first, if not the first, not-for-profit bars in Australia. It channels the tin shanty shacks of South Africa, tucked into what initially appears to be a small space in Manchester Lane. However, like the Tardis, appearances can be deceptive and as you venture further in, more spaces are revealed. There are tables outside, tables inside, a back room and downstairs there is even a band room for live music.
You can choose a drink by what appeals to your tastebuds, or, by what appeals to your charitable nature. For example, the money from my South African Rose was being given to a literacy programme running in South Africa.
It isn’t all about the booze either. Shebeen offers a small, but globally eclectic, menu of affordable small meals that certainly aren’t gourmet, but are tasty, and do the job. Lizzie and I shared, and enjoyed, the black bean noodle salad and the chicken mole.