For those of you who have better things to do than watching Mob Wives on VH1, the fact that a woman from Staten Island named “Big Ang” is opening a nightclub above Grimaldi’s (1 Front Street) sounds only half-crazy.
The Brooklyn Drunken Monkey won’t be like anything else in the neighborhood, which skews more towards low-key wine bars than fist pumping clubs. The establishment scored a coveted cabaret license—a gift from a previous tenant—meaning the vibe could similar to the sister venue on SI of DJs, dancing and a whole lotta shots. In visiting the bar once a few years ago, Big Ang herself poured me a shot of “Jamo” while bros posted up and chugged Bud Light bottles.
The Daily News shines a light on her marketing strategy:
“I’m looking for the hipster crowd,” Angela (Big Ang) Raiola tells The News. “It’s a completely different crowd than Staten Island. It’s going to be the yuppies and the hipsters — the Dumbo crowd. I love them all.”
So, you think the bottle service and vokka (no D!) crowd will flock to this new establishment? Wasn’t there a nightclub at 1 Front before? Comment away!