The eastern slope of Jersey City Heights has been itching for a new bar to come to the area for a while. Once the Trolley Bar closed, the closest bars were about a mile away at The Fox and Crow and Corkscrew. Now, people from the northern part of The Heights, Hoboken, and Downtown Jersey City are coming to check out the newly opened Low Fidelity Bar. LoFi, as it goes by, is owned by the Archer Group, Kent Baker and Jesse Weeks, and Joseph Policastro. The Archer Group owns The Archer located at 176 Newark and focuses on killer cocktails and game meats.
The name “LoFi” “derives from an alternative music movement prevalent in the early 90s which will direct the general ambience of the space we hope to create,” explains owner Weeks. When you walk in, you hear garage band music and watch old movies on a vintage style television. As Weeks put it, “We are excited to bring the quality we strive to put into The Archer toward a different concept that more reflects the neighborhood up there.” And the neighborhood is super excited to have them here as well.
Weeks lives down the hill on Mountain Road and comes to The Heights to shop, have a meal, and grab a coffee at modcup. One of the reasons The Archer group bought here is because modcup raves about the area (who wouldn’t!). They love the community and the music scene The Heights has become, “We love events like the Live on the Palisades series (formerly Live at the Lumberyard), and the Parlor at Fox and Crow, and hope to add a small venue to the arts scene” said Weeks.
Let’s talk about the actual bar - it has a cool modern industrial look when you walk in with black iron shelving, actual rulers to make up the bar, exposed brick, and interesting lighting. The backyard currently is home to epic cornhole games, but does not have any seats yet. We are hoping once food is being served we can sit and enjoy a cute backyard in our neighborhood.
“The beverage menu will similarly be tailored to fit the neighborhood, with a focus on more beer selections, with distinctive wine, and the same quality in cocktails that the public has come to expect from The Archer” said Weeks. If you like bourbon, we recommend the iced tea. The bartenders are excellent and will even make interesting concoctions for you to try if you ask (and they are actually drinkable). The past few weeks the owners have been testing nights and we think it is safe to say the bartenders have their schedule and are ready to serve you.
We are all waiting to see what the menu will be as it is still in development. As Weeks put it, “It will feature regional American specialty dishes, crafted with quality, but comfortable and approachable at the same time. It will follow our general influences of presentation as seen at The Archer, but we will not focus on game meats.” If Low Fidelity could not tell, we are all starving for a bar with delicious food (at multiple price points) closer to home.
We hope you can check out the bar (at 328 Palisade Ave) soon and let us know what you think!
Additional Photos provided by Low Fidelity