The Pony Bar

Bars , Beer bars Hell's Kitchen
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Pony Bar

Hell’s Kitchen has long been a dead zone for civilized bars, but this sunny paean to American microbrews is an oasis. There are 20 beers on tap and two cask ales, artfully listed on signboards according to provenance and potency. The thoughtful selections include Dogfish Head’s peachy Festina Pêche Berliner Weisse and Victory’s Bags Packed Porter, a toasty treat rich with coffee and chocolate. The low prices (each14-ounce serving costs $5) and expert curation suggest that the ’hood’s notorious bar drought may finally be easing.

Venue name: The Pony Bar
Contact:
Address: 637 Tenth Ave
New York
10036
Cross street: at 45th St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 3pm–4am; Sat, Sun noon–4am
Transport: Subway: C, E to 50th St
Price: Average drink: $5. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Joel M

So...it can be a tight fit here, but the beer selection is worth the squeeze. Taps rotate but they're always interesting, and whoever is behind the bar will be able to guide you to something you love. 

Erik A

A beer lovers dream!  With 20 rotating taps, you'll always find something unique at Pony Bar.  There are two large tv screens behind the bar that list all the current beers on tap.  Once a keg is empty, they'll ring a bell, and put something new on the board.  Don't come here expecting to get Stella or Bass.  This bars motto is Fuck Imports!  Only American Craft Beers.  


The Hell's Kitchen location is not as large as its Upper East Side sister location, but it's still a cozy place to grab a beer after work or on the weekend.  


The beers are all priced at $7, with lower alcohol beers served in 16 oz glasses and stronger beers in 8 oz glasses.  On the rare occasion they have Dogfish Head 120 or World Wide Stout, expect only a 4 oz pour, but at 15% alcohol, I'm not sure you need much more. Happy Hour occurs daily at 4:20 (seriously) for one hour only, with beers going for just $5.


Pony Bar is definitely one of a kind.  Great atmosphere.  Knowledgable, helpful and cool as hell staff.  And I haven't even mentioned the food yet.  You won't find wings or nachos like other bars, but the sandwiches are all made with high quality ingredients, and the spicy mustard served with the pretzels will have you asking for seconds.  Actually, just go ahead and ask for two to start with like me and my girlfriend do.  That way we don't get mad at the other one for stealing it all!  

Pat M

One of the great beer bars in Hell's Kitchen. Pony Bar consistently has a rotating menu of beers and always something new to try. Space in the bar is at a premium, but is definitely manageable. I haven't tried the food at the bar itself but there are plenty of eateries around the neighborhood.

Kris Vire

Great rotating selection of American craft brews and a quite decent pub food menu at this comfortable neighborhood spot. With a dozen or so seats at the bar and a handful of tables across the room, it does get crowded fast. Definitely on my agenda for my next visit to the city.

Ana Tosic

Hello, We are interested in hosting a happy hour on either 8/14, 8/15, 8/21, or 8.22. We would like for the event to be 2 hours long from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. We intend on having 120 employees (estimate). Can you please provide me with a quote? Thank you. Ana Tosic