Sheabeen Irish Pub

The Sheabeen Irish Pub offers plenty of decor to match its Gaelic namesake. Maps of Ireland, vintage wooden Guinness placards and green flags dot the walls, and a poster from one of the first Colorado Irish Festivals bears a signature from Irish folk legend Tommy Makem. The authentic feel of the bar goes beyond its decorations, however, which is all the more remarkable considering its location in an anonymous strip mall in Aurora. Since 1989, the Sheabeen's owners have worked to make the suburban bar stand out, regularly hosting Irish musicians and holding Celtic festivals in the parking lot. The bar often features classic-rock bands, and the clientele is largely composed of Aurora locals. Still, Sheabeen has managed to keep the feel of a small Irish pub, a place where bartenders pour the Guinness carefully and turn shots of Jameson into works of art. As one of the state's oldest Irish bars, Sheabeen also holds a historic appeal.