2 Monkeys makes regulars out of its customers. Guests enjoy a patio in back, eight televisions, state-of-the-art jukebox, darts and pool table.
“(2 Monkeys) is a great pub that you only come here as a stranger once. It’s true. It’s almost like a little family. A lot of these regulars think they own the place too,” O’Brien said. “There’s a group of people that have been coming here forever.”
2 Monkeys, formerly known as Norm’s, has been in the same location since the early 1990s. O’Brien said a former owner (Scott Bryant of S&S Seafood in Gulf Shores, Ala.) named the tavern for two guys who argued over the business they owned together next door.
“They would go outside throwing things at each other, acting like a couple of monkies,” O’Brien said.
Tales about the tavern and town can be enjoyed with friends over tavern fare.
“We have great food. We do a cool menu here,” he said.
The kitchen opens daily at 3 p.m. The menu features a variety of bar food ranging from shrimp to meatball subs to quesadillas and crab bites. House favorites are Monkey Tails (chicken fingers with a buffalo sauce) and Crazy Wings (wings tossed in sauce, drizzled with ranch dressing, topped with Parmesan cheese and baked.
“We have above-average bar food and probably have the best prices on drinks in the area by far,” O’Brien said.
On Fridays, Larry Kesner who runs the kitchen, cooks up a Chef’s Special such as blackened tilapia with a mango salsa, shrimp and tasso, or beef tips over rice. All specials are priced between $9 to $10.95.
Something is always happening at 2 Monkeys such as Trivia Mondays; poker on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; and darts on Monday and Wednesday. On Oct. 27, the bar will have its fifth annual Halloween bash at 8 p.m.
Regular hours are Monday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the weekdays and Thursday through Saturday until 3 a.m. (as long as a customer remains). For more information, call (770) 795-0944.