John & Peter’s Place

John & Peter’s Place

96 South Main Street
New Hope, PA 19838

John and Peter’s is the best music venue you’ve never heard of. Located in New Hope, Pennsylvania, John & Peter’s is pretty unassuming at first glance. When you walk in, you see a small bar and a few booths, in a room that probably has a capacity of about 30 people. If this was all there was to the place, we’d be fine with it. A quaint little dive with Yuengling and food. A diver can’t really ask for more. But there actually is so much more. In the back of the room, what appears to be a wall, is actually a large wooden, sliding door. This opens up to a larger room that can hold about 100 more people. And there’s a stage in there. This stage is really what sets John & Peter’s apart from all of the other dives in the area.

This stage is basically home to many notable local musicians. The members of Ween perform here on a weekly basis, along with other great acts from the area, such as Chris Harford and Chuck Treece. Norah Jones, Reverend Horton Heat, The Meat Puppets, Nick Oliveri (formerly of Queens of the Stone Age), and John Popper of Blues Traveler have all set foot on this stage, just to name a few. At this point, you’re probably thinking, “wait, this sounds like an all-out music venue, not a dive bar.” But that’s the beauty of John & Peter’s, it’s essentially a dive-venue. On any night of the week, you can sit down in J&P’s, have a dozen wings and a cold Yuengling, and watch some world-class guitarists shred for 4 hours straight. And you won’t spend more than $15.

If John & Peter’s wasn’t an hour away from my house, I’d undoubtedly be drinking there on a weekly basis. The bar is cash-only, but there’s an ATM on site.   And if you’re not digging whatever band’s playing inside the building (J&P’s has live music 365 days a year) there’s an outdoor bar with ample seating. Whether you’re a live music fan or just a degenerate binge drinker, John & Peter’s is a New Hope staple that can’t be missed.

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Ratings:

Food: ★★★
Drink: ★★★
Price: $$
Overall: ★★★★

Bottom line:
Classic five-star dive atmosphere with world-class live music every night of the year. You’d be a fool to not check it out at least once. If you haven’t already been, any Wednesday night would be a great time to pop your John & Peter’s cherry. Wednesdays are the “The Invitational” at J&P’s, where local musicians get together for an all-night jam session. And it’s free! You never know who’s gonna show up.

Specials:
Monday – Friday: $1.00 off all drinks – 5pm-7pm
Wednesday – Half off all food orders (dine-in only) – 6pm-9pm

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