Shebeen: Australia’s first not-for-profit bar



Drinking for a good cause… It sounds a bit iffy doesn’t it?!

In the case of bar Shebeen, this becomes pretty much reality, as Shebeen is a not-for-profit bar, that takes proceeds from each drink and donates it to various projects in the developing world.


The name of the bar in Manchester Lane, goes back to the ramshackle tin-shed drinking dens of South Africa during apartheid, and was founded by Simon Griffiths and Zanna McComish, is essentially Australia’s first not-for-profit bar and is part of a real movement towards creative consumerism.



The premise is simple: Each bottle of beer, cider or sip of wine, Shebeen stocks, comes from a different third-world maker with all of the profits for each one going directly back to a project within that community.

Bar-goers are encouraged to choose a beverage based on country, project or simply whatever floats your boat in the flavour department.

Buying a St George or Castel beer from Ethiopia for example will support KickStart, which helps to increase the crop yields of rural farmers by providing agricultural equipment in Ethiopia.




Oh, and they have tasty food, cocktails and an underground cinema too. Score.

Find out more about Shebeen on their website.


36 Manchester Lane
Melbourne, VIC 3022

PH: 9650 6931

Mon-Thu 11am-1am
Fri 11am-3am
Sat 4pm-3am
Sun 4pm-11pm

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