Who We Are


We are a local dive bar that secretly has class.  Great food, great service all served in a very casual atmosphere with absolutely no pretense.

We're a little place with a big heart.  The Shanty has been serving the Good People of Salem for 30 years and is a local institution.

Alas! We are too tiny to take reservations. First come, first served.

We welcome anyone who wants to come and relax with us.  You can even have beers with your dog on our patio, if the weather permits. This is one place where you can let your freak flag fly.





Meet the Staff

Diane Wolf “Mama Bear” - Owner



Dee is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University who came to the culinary profession by way of coffee house management.  In a former life she was a professional photo-finisher and darkroom tech, until that went the way of the dodo.  She likes dogs.  Once, someone talked her ear off, rendering her a poor candidate for your Marco Polo team.


Dale “Daleo Igliasias”  Bartender


Dale, brings ten years of bar & restaurant experience to the table, as well as over thirty years of experience being Awesome. He is a lover of craft beers and tequila; Dale makes the best margaritas IN THE WORLD.  His hands are stained & fragrant from all the fresh limes he has squeezed.



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Lee Wolf “Lee Majors” - Owner

Lee is both witty AND decorative; His Nibs is the consummate schmoozer.  He is known about the North Shore as both a killer Trivia Jockey and a tough professor at Montserrat College of Art. 

Lee is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, which means he has more talent in his baby toe than most of us will ever possess in a lifetime.  He has used that talent to design our logo, as well as being published in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, Bostonia Magazine and more.  He is available by the hour, the week or the month.

Steve “Finnadad” manager

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Steve is the friendliest guy you’ll ever meet and, frankly, we are all waiting for him to snap.  Chances are, he is the man who will greet you at the door and gush all over your dog (he even has a special voice he uses to speak to them).  He is easily identified by his sunny demeanor and his Nub.





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There is no meat that this man cannot smoke to perfection, he has been cooking professionally since you were in short pants and he knows every trick and fix in the book. Pauly is the ultimate professional. Methode D?  He invented it.

Sorry, ladies, he's taken.

Victoria “Pretty Princess” Server

The Shanty’s self-proclaimed Hottest Server; a long time Shanty alum. She is our resident whine connoisseur. There is nothing that this gal doesn’t know about the menu.  She will cheerfully serve sixteen tables at once and never misplace her lip gloss.



Dave “Evil MacGyver” Security emeritus

Angry on the inside and grumpy on the outside, Dave is secretly a professional (and friendly) chimney sweep.  Yes, he actually is a chimney sweep, for realz; he even does weddings.  People complain about how strict he is at keeping the crowds under control on busy nights – that kind of talk just makes his black heart sing.  Hire him here; he’ll sweep you real good: http://marbleheadchimney.com/

Bob “Vein” cook

A Marblehead native and seasoned musician, Bob is the lead singer of our House Band, VEIN https://www.facebook.com/veination Bob is an even-keeled fella who only uses fisticuffs when absolutely necessary.


Michael "Tape Worm"  Bartender



So famous he wrote his own blurb:

somethings missing from this website...ME!The longest tenured shanty employee...EVER...19 years and counting...plus 8 years as a customer!!! resident firefighter/actor/model who has "starred" in 3 movies with Kate Hudson...and shared the stage with Captain America...Chris Evans....ha!

and since folks are adding there own photos...here's mine...plus my acting website...www.MichaelJPeluso.com