Bocca Bistro

Bocca Coal Fire Bistro in Margate has happy hour specials 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and recently added numerous whiskeys to its menu.

Bocca Coal Fire Bistro in Margate is a true testament of the trademark slogan “Stronger Than The Storm.”

The restaurant, located on Ventnor Avenue amid a strip of year-round businesses, opened 19 days before Hurricane Sandy hit, which caused extensive interior flooding.

But just two days later, Bocca was back in business and now has become a popular establishment for locals and summer visitors alike.

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Owner Lou Freeman says he attributes the success and perseverance through the storm to the community support it receives. The restaurant and bar serves a lot of familiar faces and has received nothing back positive reviews.

To make it even better, Bocca’s menu has recently been revamped and a whiskey bar has been added, offering nearly 40 high-end whiskeys, including assortments of blended Scotch, single malt Scotch, American whiskey, rye and Irish whiskey.

Freedman said some house favorites include Johnny Walker Blue, Tomatim, Angels Envy and Lock, Stock and Barrel — the latter a 13-year rye.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. Bocca will be hosting a whiskey-tasting event. The event will be led by Brendan Feeley, brand ambassador for Tomatin.

Bocca also celebrates Whiskey Wednesdays with food specials infused with its whiskeys selections.

Speaking of drinks, Happy hour is 11 to 6 p.m. daily, year round.

Super Bowl specials:

Bocca Coal Fire Bistro is a great place to watch the Super Bowl with its several wall-mounted TVs as well as Super Bowl specials and giveaways, such as a bike, tent, cooler, an iPod dock and more.

During the game, the servers will also be passing around free hors d'oeuvres with food and drink specials, including $3 flying fish pints, $5 select food menu such as its signature half-pound roast beef sandwiches.

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