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Uptown Social Gives Inwood Sports Fans a New Place to Catch The Game

By Nigel Chiwaya | April 18, 2013 4:57pm

INWOOD — Just in time for the NBA playoffs, uptowners have a new place to catch the big game.

Uptown Social, a new Inwood sports bar and gastropub with 15 high-definition TVs, opened its doors at 186 Dyckman St. last week.

The sports bar aims to be the place for sports nuts, featuring a matrix of nine televisions behind the bar that can be combined to create a Voltron of sports screens.

Bar owners Alex Ramos and Yamil Martinez said that they have long wanted to open a sports bar in Inwood.

"I just wanted to bring something new to the neighborhood," said Ramos, 31, who grew up on 172nd Street in Washington Heights.

"I know the community needed it," added Martinez, 30, who previously worked at Mama Sushi and Papasito. "There's no other sports bars here. I wanted to do something different, not just another nightclub."

Uptown Social features six beers on tap, and Ramos said the bar will offer as many as 14 in the future.

Beyond sporting events, Martinez said Uptown Social will host an open mic every Tuesday for poets, musicians, rappers and other artists.

Martinez and Ramos added that they want to bring a new class of businesses to Dyckman Street east of Broadway.

"It's time to stop doing 99-cent stores," Martinez said. "Let's make this the next Williamsburg."