This venue is closed.
Low-level lounges featuring pricey fusion cocktails are now a dime a dozen in Nolita, but Shebeen's inventive cucumber martinis and lychee champagne cocktails are spot-on. The South African speakeasy-meets-exposed-brick-and-bulb industrial decor is pleasing enough, and you can lean back on the plush length-of-the-bar bench and listen to DJs spin eclectically mixed hip-hop and downtempo beats Wednesday-through-Saturday nights. There, you can peer through the raw wood beams obstructing a clear view of the bar's mixed crowd. The semi-secret airplane-hanger-like ventilated backroom is reserved for private parties.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.