Staten Island Nightlife: Bootleg's 'Whiskey Bar' & Liberty Tavern

BOOTLEG MANNINGS: 2645 Forest Ave., Mariners Harbor; 718.981.4988;

Bootleg Mannings of Forest Avenue has been under new manager Roy P. for a little over three years. Born and raised in Staten Island, Roy found a love for one thing: Whiskey. His passion is what makes his bar unique from the rest of the island.

“We make the best Old Fashioned in the city, and I wouldn’t say that if I truly didn’t believe it, I’m very critical of myself” Roy said. Manning’s has 235 types of whiskey available along with 98 different craft beers. They have whiskey aged beer and barrel aged whiskey which you can only find in top notch whiskey bars.

Aside from whiskey, “Bootleg’s” as locals call it, could easily win anaward for bar “most likely to fit in with the NYC bar scene.” From a live DJ and dancing to an outdoor patio with a full bar, Bootleg’s delivers.

The decor is provided by staff member Norman Desharnais, who hand creates all signage in the bar from the craft beer titles to the giant chalkboard hanging over the kitchen, Norm leaves his mark all over Bootleg’s.

Bootleg’s also delivers some of the best pub grub around. From the popular “Bootleg Burger” to simple finger foods, the kitchen is open into the late hours of the evening. You can even catch their $1 pizza slices on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Overrall, Bootleg Manning’s is a MUST for whiskey lovers and for anyone looking for a good time out in a relaxed environment. The professionalism and mood of the bar reflect the passionate owner of Bootleg’s — and I promise you won’t leave uneducated about the whiskey industry if you get a chance to speak with Roy for a few minutes. The man loves his whiskey. Be sure to stop in to Bootleg Manning’s soon.

LIBERTY TAVERN: 382 Forest Ave., West Brighton; 718.442.8121;

Liberty Tavern has fully rebranded themselves from the old “Black Dog” name the bar once carried. Highlighted by live music on the weekends and a great crowd, Liberty Tavern can be seen most weekends packed out with people of all ages enjoying the live bands.

Last week I had a chance to check out two: Good Noise on Friday, and Cause and the Effects on Saturday. The bar consists of a roomy dance floor area for those willing to indulge themselves and separate room for the live band to play in with a stage.

Liberty Tavern also located on Forest Avenue (between Sharon Avenue and Oakwood Avenue) has been a staple on the Forest strip for quite some time under alternate egos. But now the bar gives out great vibes while delivering on service and entertainment. Check out Liberty Tavern soon for a drink or to catch some great local bands.

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