Let us present to you the curious case of Shea’s Tavern.  Located at 266 West Broadway, Shea’s Tavern is unlike other bars in the neighborhood – when it’s open and closed is random, and there is no set schedule of hours posted.  The elusive spot will randomly open with no rhyme or reason.  Maybe it’s open on a Tuesday night. Maybe it’s open on a Sunday afternoon.  No one knows! Maybe the old-school bar needs to be open a certain amount of days per year in order to keep its liquor license, so it will randomly open when the owner feels like opening the doors.  We don’t know – we’re just guessing.

Well, one Southie resident would like to take the guesswork out of the question, “Is Shea’s Tavern open?” A new Instagram account has surfaced asking exactly this question.  You can follow them here.  

So if you drive by Shea’s, located right next door to Al’s Liquors (same owners), and notice it is open, message the account here and let them know so they can let all of the neighborhood know too!



  1. Mike Thomas April 25, 2023 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    My father used to have a few boilermakers there after work, that was back in the early 70’s . I believe the name has changed a couple times through the years, it was a Spanish/ Mexican variety store around 73′..did it not become “Hickie and Hanlon’s” then Shea’s ?
    Or was it “Whiteys” ..then Shea’s ?
    Or Whiteys then Hickie and Hanlon’s..??
    I remember, but maybe the sequence is off…
    Some old school Southie buff will know exactly….

    • Joe Smoe May 14, 2023 at 8:00 am - Reply

      Wrong place

  2. Charles OConnor June 19, 2023 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Pretty sure Whitney’s was a different locations. Trust me. Chas

  3. Kathy (Shea) Cronin November 14, 2023 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    MY Grandfather owned Sheas Tavern back in the older days like in 1951″s

    • Connie Stanifer April 21, 2024 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      My Grandfather owned a Shea’s Tavern on West Street in Indianapolis, Indiana in the 40’s thru 60’s. I’m assuming this one is in South Boston?

      • Maureen Dahill April 22, 2024 at 9:23 am - Reply

        Yes, it’s on West Broadway in South Boston, MA

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