Sheabeen Pub History
The Sheabeen Irish Pub was opened in 1989, by Tony and Camille McAleavey. Prior to the remodeling for the Sheabeen, the units were the site of McDaid's which was a restaurant.
The "Sheabeen" name comes from a "shebeen" (irish:sibin-meaning illicit whiskey) a illicit bar or club where excisable alcoholic beverages were sold without a license. The "a" was added with a personal touch from Tony because Camille's maiden name was Shea.
Andy and Karen, the present owners, took over operations of the Pub with Tony and Camille's retirement in 2004. They have kept the tradition of the Pub while adding the small kitchen behind the bar and additional TV's for sports viewing. The "Back Porch" patio was added in 2007 with the advent of the non-smoking laws.
The Sheabeen parking lot was the start of what has become the Colorado Irish Festival - initiated by Tony in the early 1990's. With the closing of the historical Duffy's downtown, the Sheabeen Pub became the oldest Irish Pub in the Denver Metro area.
The Sheabeen Pub is proud to be the home Pub of the Michael Collins Pipe Band - the leading Pipe Band in the Metro area. The band's numerous awards are on display in their trophy case on the back wall.
From the beginning the Pub was the place to hear good acoustic music - particularly folk and Irish music. The room was designed to provide good viewing of the stage and great acoustics. That tradition continues. One great Denver folk legend who has since passed on, Walt Conley, continues to visit from time to time and make his presence known - just ask some of the regulars. The Pub also hosts an annual Tribute to Walt every fall.
We hope to see you soon!