This monkey swinging bar is a curious mix of posh jungle décor and celebrated
elaborate drink choices.
The Drunken Monkey is definitely a unique addition to the S.I. bar scene.
And one wouldn’t really think this was Staten Island. Maybe something you would
maybe see in Atlantic City or Las Vegas.
But the lounge is here, 1205 Forest Ave. Staten Island, New York.
Just next door to a CVS and a few steps from a Blockbuster.
The Drunken Monkey, established in 2007, had been a dream for co-owners Sallyann
Lombardi and her cousin, and bartender Angela (Big Ang) Raiola, for many years.
“It is a big gamble,” admits Lombardi, whose family has several restaurants.
The single mom has always earned another paycheck as a school bus matron.
“You got to take a shot in life. I feel like I got the secret.
We have a lot of friends and a lot of family.”
The Drunken Monkey, jungle-inspired pub, is bathed in leopard prints, merlot-hues
and bamboo. On the walls, nine painted chimpanzees toss back martinis, while wooden
monkeys pose in see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil position on a toilet paper
dispenser in the “chimpette’s” room. Youv’e got to see it to believe it!
Being served are fancy cocktails such as the Swinging Pear and the Monkey Tongue which go for around $12. And the signature beer…a tall beer with a shot of banana liquior. Beware when 5-foot-9 Big Ang is behind the bar, she will have you laughing in your seats or swinging on the dance floor.
Come visit this one of a kind bar and throw back a few, laugh, dance and mingle in the jungle. It is surely a good time.
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