Penny’s at the Duke
Penny Johnson was voted SFGN’s Best Bartender in Palm Beach County of 2015 and 2016!
Penny’s at the Duke may be fairly new to the LGBT scene in Palm Beach County, but the bar has already made a name for itself, quickly building up a loyal fan base. The Duke opened in 1946 and keeping the name was part of the purchase agreement for Penny Johnson to buy the business. A patron suggested Penny’s at the Duke and it stuck. Then Penny laid down 9,000 pennies in urethane to physically lay claim to the name and opened the place in August 2013. Penny’s is a neighborhood gay bar with a twist. A bunch of straight customers came with the territory and have stayed to become part of the regular crowds. “They have fit right in with us,” Johnson said. “They sing karaoke (Mindy and Todd) with everyone else on Wednesdays from 7 to 11 p.m. and they stay for the drag shows.” Penny’s has a no smoking policy, but there are two patios where people can take their drinks and smokes and most do without complaint. The bar has lots of specials, which can be viewed online at their Facebook page. The current favorite beverage is cinnamon whiskey called fireball. Whether you’re female or male, you’re welcome to be one of “The Ladies Who Brunch” on first Sundays at noon.
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