Monkeys are incredible creatures: they're highly entertaining, remarkably dexterous, and kinda resemble little humans, even though Micky Dolenz was actually quite tall. For a monkey-themed enterprise serving as a new place to hang, Monkey Bar.
Monkey's the latest project by the guys behind Copa Banana, who've taken the former Society Hill Hotel's bar space, kept the ancient bar and worn floors that made SHH the "last cool bar in Old City", and brought in intricate monkey-laden wallpaper and simian statues, but not simian statutes, which're mostly concerned with tire-swing thefts. They're currently testing potential long-term menu stuff, but right now there're plenty of pub faves including burgers like the jalapeno'd Yucatan, while entrees skew seaward with plates of lobster ravioli w/ blush cream sauce, pepper-crusted tuna w/ a spicy slaw and remoulade, and Castro Chicken & Shrimp w/ brandy cream sauce, which's most recognizable as the cream sauce Kobe Bryant took to prom. Drinkswise, beer taps are in the works along with a svelte Martini program, plus there's plenty of choose-your-tequila 'ritas in nine fruit flavors as well as domestic bottles like Allagash's Witbier, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Dogfish Head's 60- and 90-minute IPAs, and the fitting Golden Monkey from Victory, which's interesting, as most people don't realize that Johnny Drama catchphrases can start breweries.
Monkey's set to open for reals come Memorial Day Weekend, but right now you can catch preview nights from 5p to midnight every Thurs through Saturday, presumably because on Sunday everybody's hanging out with Dolenz and the also-decently tall Peter Tork in Pleasant Valley.
Published: May 17, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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