Brennan's Shebeen co-owner Kiernan McAlinden is still smarting from the Irish rugby team's monstrous 30-9 loss to England on St Patrick's Day, but otherwise he's got plenty to cheer about. Two-in-a-row neighborhood bar winner Brennan's Shebeen is pulling in the local crowds who live walking distance from the Black Rock watering hole, and drinkers from further afield who come for the rustic atmosphere, plentiful booze and food selection, and entertainment. As well as flat screens for all the sporting action (sorry about the rugby!), the bar hosts trivia quizzes on Wednesdays and live music every Friday and Saturday night, with no cover charge. "There's always something going on," says McAlinden. The County Armagh, Northern Ireland-native and co-owner Michael Brennan are working the same recipe for success at their second shebeen (the Irish word for an illicit drinking place), which opened in time for Paddy's Day 2011 at Fairfield's Smith Richardson Golf Course. "We have a pretty unique atmosphere," says Brennan, and that attracts "all walks of life."
Winner of Best Neighborhood Bar and Best Bartender (Adam Zengou) in the Fairfield County Advocate's Best Of Readers' Poll 2012.