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 in the Fairfield County Advocate's Best Of Readers' Poll 2012.