Penny Jo's, a new bar from the Uptown Bourbon team, opens in Washington Heights

Updated: Mar 17, 2020

Penny Jo's, a new bar from the team behind Uptown Bourbon in Hamilton Heights, just opened in Washington Heights.

A streamlined take on a traditional bar, the corner spot at 3898 Broadway and 163rd Street specializes in cocktails, but also offers craft beer by the can or bottle. It's currently in soft-open mode–hours are 4pm to midnight–but should have a full drinks and snack menu by the end of the month. Pressed sandwiches and salads will debut in June.

While the staff puts the finishing touches on the menu as well as the copper-flecked decor–the back of the bar will eventually be covered in shiny rows of pennies–the space will start offering live music, including acoustic jazz.

Of course there's plenty of room for change, emphasizes Elena Davila, Penny Jo's director of operations. She says the community will dictate what the bar will become, adding, "We're still kind of feeling it out."

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