Mon-Fri, 3pm-4am; Sat-Sun, noon-4am
4:20pm-5:20pm; $1 off all draft beers
A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
At the craft-beer bar Pony Bar, located on the edge of Hell’s Kitchen and Clinton, patrons rest frosty glasses on giant oak beer barrels serving as tables and share seats at long, low open-faced booths. The décor includes a tattered American flag that predates Hawaii and Alaska, a framed black-and-white photo of a fresh-faced Neil Young, and an ancient map of the Adirondacks; the wood paneling and hanging antique canoe complete the refined all-American feel. But it’s not just a theme: All beer here is domestic. A chalkboard touting the craft offerings of the day (they rotate when the kegs kick) sits behind the bar, scoured by the aficionados making themselves comfortable; they sink into the cushioned seats, gladly accepting the bartenders' generously doled shot-glass tastings. Everyone gets to rank the brews on scorecards, and when you rate 100 different beers, you’re granted entrance into the All-American Club, which gets you a free polo shirt. Perhaps most notable: All beers are priced at $5, while dishes top out at $10.
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