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Published March 16th 2013
Cheers for a charity
Located down cobblestone clad Manchester Lane in the CBD, you will find a bar with a big heart that has a corrugated iron look synonymous with the simple beer sheds put together in countries less fortunate that ours.
Shebeen meaning a tavern that sells liquor illegally (although the bar was proudly displaying their recently obtained liquor license) is new to the bar scene and with it brings a new concept of helping patrons help others.
This humble little bar had me wanting in on the action as soon as I saw it as I love beer and I love feeling a part of something bigger. The best place to plonk yourself down is at the bar so you can get a real feel for the friendly, fun, energetic people that work there and they may even engage in some daring dance moves.
The beers are sourced from a number of developing countries around the world and are mainly lagers with one surprisingly good Stout from Sri Lanka call Sinha. Each beer is associated with a charity relevant to that country. The beers on offer have come from South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, Ethiopia, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Mexico and help a range of concerns from reading and education to providing tools and training for farming to help communities become self sufficient. Take some time to read the menu and more about the charities on the back pages.
Accompanying your beer is a bowl of popcorn, which is a lovely touch, served in a modest plastic bowl.
Apart from beer there is an African Savannah Cider in a cute bottle that is similar to an old style medicine bottle, a handful of wines and a number of refreshing cocktails that are served in either a jar with a handle or a plastic pineapple which continues to demonstrate the relaxed fun environment at this bar.
As the evening drew closer the bar got busier and to my surprise another room was unveiled from behind some curtains. This room had a completely different feel and instead of being bright and fun it was dim and relaxed and I dare say romantic. A great place for a deep and meaningful, although I suspect the room gets busier as the night goes on.
Engage in some deep and meaningful conversations in the romantic room