VH1 Visits The Drunken Monkey: A Night With Big Ang, Stiff Drinks, And Hazy Memories Of Staten Island


Last night was one of those times where I had to pinch myself and remember that sometimes this job is kind of insane (in the best way possible). See, VH1 rented a couple of buses and shuttled a bunch of staffers off to Staten Island so we could experience firsthand the wondrous, wonderful Drunken Monkey bar and meet the wondrous and wonderful Big Ang in the flesh. Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday evening!

We drank. A lot. We took pictures. (In fact, we probably annoyed the staff by constantly having our phones and cameras out to catch Big Ang on the dance floor, behind the bar, and of course, posing with us all.) We ate. It was amazing. A few things about Big Ang: She’s really quiet and shy in person. Surprising, right? We don’t blame her though, we’d be overwhelmed if fifty intensely excited people all of a sudden bombarded us at work. But get her on the dance floor and she becomes the star that she is. Also, she knows the words to every popular song ever. Rihanna‘s on? She right there singing every line to “We Found Love.” LMFAO? She’s party rocking with the rest of us. So whats the Drunken Monkey like? We’ve got pictures. Check them out, and then book a bus, train, or flight to New York because you need to go there like, now.

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  1. Nigel says:

    This actually isn’t a monkey, however, it is a Chimpanzee. I wonder, who is the artist of these murals?

  2. Linda says:

    I love big nag, she’ s tha best!!!!!!!!! And her bar is slamming too

  3. Linda says:

    I live in new Orleans,la, big ang u r so cool,& so real one day I would love to visit ur bar and shake ur. Hand ur tha best!!!!!

  4. LVLady says:

    Big Ang rocks!

  5. elizabeth says:

    i went to staten island about 2 weeks ago and of course meet the 1 and only BIG ANG herself. all i can say is that i will travel anytime from CT just to go to this bar it was awesome and the workers are so respectful.

  6. Lizzie says:

    I want to go thier so bad. I live in California and I wish the Drunken Monkey was next door.

  7. Ozzie X says:

    @Nigel I agree I hate it when people call chimps monkeys. Monkeys have tails and chimps don’t.

  8. amiwright says:

    I like Big Ang, she’s the only one on the show not screaming and fighting. Love the pictures; those are the cutest monkeys. Ziti, the first time I every ate it was when my husband fixed it. Very good.

  9. amiwright says:

    @Nigel and Ozzie X… like the sign says; “GET OVER IT.” …LOL

  10. cathy says:

    my friends and i whould live to come to the bar please e mail me address thanks

  11. Campelio Lombardi says:

    Hey VH1 im gonna visit sometime. Bring in the N.Y. flavor.

  12. We love Big Ang and her quirky sense of humor…