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New Whiskey Bar to Open on Rogers Avenue in Crown Heights This Summer

 A new whiskey bar will open on Rogers Avenue in Crown Heights this summer, its owner said.
Wild Whiskey Warthog
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CROWN HEIGHTS — Live music and a huge selection of booze are coming to Rogers Avenue soon when a new whiskey bar opens in late summer, its owner said.

The new spot, Wild Whiskey Warthog, located at 227 Rogers Ave. between Union and President streets will serve “different flavors of whiskey from around the world,” said owner Carlos Russell, but will reserve one shelf for a growing number of locally made liquor.

“In doing my research … I found out, there’s so many whiskeys made in New York and in Brooklyn,” he said, referring to Hudson Baby (made in the Hudson Valley)  and Tirado (made in The Bronx).

Russell hopes to bring live music to the space a couple of nights a week and host regular showings of sporting events like boxing and football. His new 30-seat watering hole, which Russell has been personally gut-renovating for the past year, has a backyard, plenty of couches and lounge chairs and a long, curved wooden bar with stools.

Wild Whiskey Warthog will have a full bar, of course (Russell is still waiting for final approval for his liquor license from the state before he’ll open), but the spot will have no food service. Instead, Russell hopes to organize a rotating line-up of food trucks outside the new spot to feed hungry customers.

“I’m going to have two trucks most of the time and then let the crowd pick who gets to come back,” he said.

The bar will be open Monday through Saturday, he said, and will open on Sundays during football season. Operating hours are still being finalized.

The location is the second bar opening for business on the Crown Heights block this year. Branch Ofc., a retro cocktail bar with a 1950s aesthetic, opened at 225 Rogers Ave. in mid-February.