Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shebeen n.

also sebeen, shab, shebean, sheeban, shubeen, skibeen
[Irish síbín, illicit whisky; orig. Irish use, also in Irish immigrant communities in UK/US, ext. to S.Afr. townships and UK W.I. community]

1. [late 18C+] an unlicensed drinking place, an illegal, late-night drinking club.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

In derivatives

shebeener (n.)

1. a seller of illicit alcohol.

2. [mid-19C–1900s] a person who frequents an unlicensed drinking place.

In compounds

shebeen house (n.) (also shebean house)

[19C] an unlicensed drinking place.

shebeen queen (n.) (also shebeen king)

[1930s+] the owner of an unlicensed drinking establishment (cf. queen n. (1e)).

shebeen shop (n.)

[19C] an unlicensed drinking place.