UPDATED: Checking In On The Redesign At Jake’s And Cooper’s Wine Bar

Free lot parking in Manayunk may just be reason enough to venture out to the newly reconstituted Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar, though diners who’ve patronized Bruce Cooper’s award-winning Main Street spot for the past 25 years will probably want to check out the latest reconceptualization that has the Jake’s side of the operation finally eliminating most traces of its fine-dining history in order to meet 21st century Philadelphia where it’s at today.

To mark its embarkation into its second quarter-century, Cooper has redecorated Jake’s with a décor that’s much more casual and seamlessly ties it to the adjoining wine bar. He’s also entirely combined menus to focus on more casual trends like cheeses, charcuterie, elaborate salads, gourmet pizzas and small plates–though a few staple entrees from Jake’s remain.

But before they spot the menu, old-timers will immediately notice one big difference: the wine. Not only has Cooper installed a glass wine tower in the dining room, but he’s revamped the list to focus on value wines from prominent global wine-producing regions.

But don’t drink too much or you might forget to get your parking ticket validated. And that would truly be a waste of a trip to Manayunk.

UPDATED: Got a couple snaps of the new redesign. Check ’em out…



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  • alex

    sadly the food was totally mediocre. Apparently you didn’t get to try it? the Spice Meatball pizza was flimsy, greasy, had way to much mozz and way too little ricotta, and had HALF MEATBALLS on it… so it sucked and was impossible to eat. The portabella soup was okay, but completely demolished by the truffle oil. The parmigiana fries were okay, but it’s hard to screw that up.

    And for a ‘wine bar’ it sure is a small selection of mediocre wine.

  • Dave

    I have never had a bad meal there. Always stellar and I love to eat good food. I too have had the meatball pizza and if they weren’t cut in half they would weigh down the crispy thin crust. The Octopus is my favorite and the burgers rock.

  • alex


    the half meatballs weigh down the soggy, thin crust. obviously i wasn’t being an advocate of whole meatballs on a pizza.

  • Lauren

    We went there recently for my fiance’s birthday – it was superb! The staff treated us like royalty. We shared the meat and cheese board which came with different pairings. It was delicious. I had the apple butternut squash soup sprinkled with toasted sunflower seeds. Simply amazing. My fiance loves the Jake’s burger and parm fries. For dessert, we enjoyed the ice cream taco….sinful! Cannot wait to return to sample more of the menu!