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The Pony Bar

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1444 First Ave., New York, NY 10021 40.769744 -73.954236
at 75th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-586-2707 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: After Work, Bar Food, Notable Beer Selection
Photo by Gavin Thomas

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Official Website

theponybar.com

Hours

Mon-Wed, 3pm-2am; Thu-Fri, 3pm-4am; Sat, noon-4am; Sun, noon-2am

Happy Hour

Daily, 4:20pm-5:20pm; $5 beer, wine and house liquor

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 77th St.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Profile

At the craft-beer bar Pony Bar, 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 electronic screen touting the craft offerings of the day (they update 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: Beers are priced at $8, while dishes top out at $13.

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