We stopped by the Upper West Side’s relocated P&G Bar on a lazy Sunday evening. After a rent increase, the bar closed shop and moved a few blocks uptown. The new digs on 78th and Columbus (in the old Evelyn Lounge space) are at least 3 times the size of the former haunt. The setup is not only an improvement of the old P&G; it’s a new bar altogether. They kept the dive spirit very much alive in the transfer, but still managed to spruce things up a bit. The space comes equipped with two pool tables, a small stage for live comedy and music, and a kitchen (soon to open). Their iconic old bar now serves as a shelf in one of the billiard rooms (that's it on the left in the photo). If crusty old bars could talk.
We got a chance to speak to the owner, and he promises that the famed neon signs are on their way. He also has some words about his pending menu and P&G’s UWS neighbor Shake Shack: “I’m going on a moral crusade against shake-shack. Why do people wait an hour in line for a burger?” Their kitchen promises to be easy and quick, which is just what you’ll need to soak up all the shots you just did.
There are not many good low key joints in this part of town, especially if you want to avoid the Frat Boy heaven of Jake's and The Gin Mill over on Amsterdam. With Yogi’s gone, it’s up to P&G to uphold the dive bar tradition (getting wasted). Take a look at a few more pictures below the jump.