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Join us on July 16th for the first annual Bootlegger Cocktail Competition at the Fire Island Lighthouse. Enjoy a summer evening under the tower with views of the bay and ocean, tasty cocktails, local oysters by the Tall Mutha Shucka, the Royal Elite BBQ Food TruckMolto Vino charcuterie, and live music all to support and preserve our local maritime history.

Taste cocktails from our local restaurants and distilleries, and vote on your favorite to crown this year's Bootleggers Best!


Saturday, July 16, 2022
- AT THE FIRE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE -
VIP Speakeasy Experience 5 PM-6 PM
General Admission 5 PM-8 Pm

Tickets include:

  • Access to all tasting stations with unlimited tastings

  • Donation to the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

  • One menu item from the Royal Elite BBQ Food Truck

  • Event gift bag

  • Custom event rocks glass

  • Pedicab ride to the event from Robert Moses Field 5

  • Good times


VIP Tickets & Sponsorships include access to The Betterman Distilling Co. Speakeasy inside the base of the lighthouse, with special complimentary tastings! Speakeasy closes at 6 pm

Casual Cocktail Attire & Comfortable Shoes Recomended

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Food from

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Liquor provided by

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charcuterie from

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Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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Sponsorship opportunities are now available-
email events@fireislandlighthouse.com for more information

Cocktail Competition

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And More!
Want to join the cocktail competition?
email events@fireislandlighthouse.com for more information

 

Tickets Now on sale
GA Tickets:$65
VIP Tickets: $80
21+ Only

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All Tickets include:

  • Access to all tasting stations with unlimited tastings

  • Donation to the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society

  • One menu item from the Royal Elite BBQ Food Truck

  • Event gift bag

  • Custom event rocks glass

  • Pedicab ride to the event from Robert Moses Field 5 (on a first come first serve basis)

  • Good times

VIP Tickets & Sponsorships include access to The Betterman Distilling Co. VIP Speakeasy inside the base of the lighthouse, with special complimentary tastings!

Event Policies- 
  • 21+ only. Must have valid ID upon entry. In the event guests are unable to show valid id, no refunds will be offered.
  • Casual Cocktail Attire with comfortable shoes recommended
  • VIP Speakeasy is not wheelchair accessible
  • NO outside alcohol allowed
  • NO outside food allowed
  • All covid-19-related mandates are subject to change per National Park Service guidelines.
  • All exits are final
  • Tasting pours only
  • No pets or children
  • Drink responsibly
  • All bags subject to check
  • The event is rain or shine
  • In the event of a cancellation due to Covid guests will be refunded
  • All ticket sales are final
 
 

rum running on fire island

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The term “boot-legging,” it is suggested, originated during the Civil War when soldiers would sneak liquor into camp in their boots. Civilians quickly took up the practice, hiding flasks in boots or trouser legs. The term stuck and expanded to include “rumrunners,” smugglers waiting offshore with their illicit swag.

With Prohibition, Fire Island awoke to a new reality. It lay close to New York City, the biggest market for this new, illegal contraband. With its long stretches of beaches, sparse population, ideal topography, and numerous inlets (in particular the relatively safe Fire Island Inlet), Fire Island became an ideal location for smugglers just as it had been for the pirates of yore.

Depending on which history book you read, either Bill “The Real” McCoy or William “Big Bill” Dwyer came up with concept of Rum-Row, a flotilla of large vessels (mother ships) stationed three miles off-shore in international waters. They would sell their illegal spirits to smaller, faster boats for transport to trucks waiting to take the hooch to market.

The infamous hotel, the White House, in Water Island, once the destination for the socially elite (including President Teddy Roosevelt it has been rumored), had fallen on hard times after the First World War. Prohibition gave it new life and it returned to its glory days as a speakeasy and gambling casino. Even sleepy Saltaire had its “casino,” which openly served liquor.

One self-confessed bootlegger specified Long Cove, Lonelyville and Ocean Beach as the primary destinations for the majority of the illegal liquor. Some of the more renowned speakeasies included the Canoe Place Inn (CPI), aka Tammany Hall East, because of all the corrupt politicians who hung out there, and Claudio’s of Greenport, which still has a trap door behind the bar for access to illicit spirits floated in beneath the building.

Several Fire Island ferry boats enjoyed exciting lives as rumrunners before retiring to more sedate occupations. Just about all old-salt captains from the various Fire Island ferry lines claimed to have been rumrunners during Prohibition. The ferry “Running Wild” and many other boats plying the bay in the ‘50s and ‘60s had been ferrying illegal booze before they began ferrying passengers. The “Running Wild” still had patched-over 50 caliber machine gun bullet holes in its hull when it was sold to a gentleman from Sayville.

Information sourced from Fire Island News- Learn More Here

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"For our first canned cocktail release, we wanted to showcase Long Island, our home, and one of its famous lighthouses. The foghorn is a traditional cocktail made up of gin and ginger ale, but we put our own Better Man twist on it by using our Moonstruck Citrus Gin and North Fork Brewing Co's house-made ginger ale. The cocktail is light, crisp, and citrusy, and is perfect for summer days on Long Island. " - The Betterman Distilling Co.

getting here

Due to the unique location of the event, all guests will park at Robert Moses State Park Field 5 and walk or ride the pedicab to the Fire Island Lighthouse. Park in the furthest east corner and take the scenic footpath towards the lighthouse.

Car Service

If you wish to take a car service, you will need to instruct your driver to drop you off at the Robert Moses Field 5 Parking Lot as taxi vehicles will not be allowed to drop off or pick you up at the base of the lighthouse. 

Pedicab

Pedicab rides from The Fire Island Pedicab are included in your ticket! There will be multiple pedicabs running from Field 5 to the Lighthouse which will run on a first come first serve basis! Use the code "bootlegger" for your free ride!

See you under the tower!

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