PENGUIN HOTEL & BAR
55 East Church Street Stevens (Mt Airy), PA 17578 717-733-8142
N40 14.321 W076 13.707
<12-24-2003> The last time I was here I sat at the end of the bar and the owner, Barbara Simpson, came over and asked me my name and where I was from. To my right was a friendly guy with a big mustache. Eight months later I enter and sit down and she asks me the same questions. A few minutes later the mustachioed guy comes in. Deja vu!
Penguin statues and lights are everywhere in this bar. The mustached guy said that it was named the Penguinn (no explanation for two n's) in 1980. Several people said that Barbara makes some great food which is probably true. "Abe" ordered a bowl of chicken dumpling soup which looked and smelled delicious and was served in a big bowl.
Hours seem to be at the owner's whims. She runs the bar as a labor of love and not for the income it produces. Another interesting character was "Rick" who gives lottery tickets to all of his friends and relatives as Christmas presents. He said that he purchases $1500 in tickets each year for this purpose.
The male bathroom is in a black & white checker theme and is very clean. Even had had an ashtray on the countertop. One of the cleanest bathrooms I have ever seen in a bar.
Barbara vowed that she was about to close ( it WAS Christmas Eve!) but people kept coming in and she wasn't running anyone off. Definitely a gathering spot for regulars but every time I have been here I have felt welcomed.
This is one of my favorite places and I look forward to adding photos of the inside of this tavern.
<4-2007> Reviewer: A&W - The Penguinn Hotel is a true, small town bar. A quiet place to sit and enjoy a cold brew. The first thing you have to do is find it! It’s postal address is Stevens but it’s located in the small town of Mt. Airy in Clay Township. The only thing that distinguishes it from the other buildings in the “town” is the large penguin silhouette on the front. Upon entering you’ll find an L-shaped bar (made of copper and wood) a small TV and shuffle board game, no juke box. The former dining area accommodates a pool table. The bathrooms, actually the entire place, is kept very clean.
What makes this place unique is the owner, Barbara. She has a strong accent, stories of life in her home country and a lot of wisdom to share. She greets everyone and will start a conversation. She likes to know about people. If you are in no mood for conversation you can quietly sit there with your suds and be mesmerized by the seemingly endless collection of penguin and/or snow related knick-knacks throughout the bar.
<5-2007> Reportedly the Penguin is for sale for more than $600,000.