The Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen
Taps: 22 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 62 | Show All Ratings:
4.56/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
I've been to The Pony Bar atleast once or twice a year so its probably about time I give it a review. I went yesterday for the Hudson Valley tap take over during NYC Beer Week and they had a solid lineup from Newburgh, Peekskill, Keegan Ales, Rushing Duck and Sloop. They had a great tap selection with good variation of styles and 2 casks. We grabbed some appetizers which were really good and the bar was definitely getting busier as the night went on.
Overall this is one of the better craft beers in Manhattan. They one price point which is very reasonable for NYC and they always serve in the proper glassware. Their been menu is constantly changing and is updated almost instantly on their digital board and website. I love the fact that they keep these updated because it definitely keeps them on my radar. Its always one of the first menus I check when I am heading to the city for some quality beers. The atmosphere is always casual and relaxed. Usually a good amount of beer heads with a wealth of knowledge hanging around discussing beer. They have a nice food menu and I usually grab something light. I would definitely recommend this bar when you are in the area.
Great beer lineup, great staff and always a good time. Cheers!
02-26-2014 16:53:11 | More by BeerTwigs
4.51/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | $
The Pony Bar HK (Hells Kitchen) is one of the best 'we take a lot of pride in our beer' bars in NYC I think. It's always on point with their constantly changing selection, and they focus on serving American (only) craft beers on tap.
It's a small cozy spot, a few communal picnic tables, a small amount of bar seating and a couple cask/barrel two/three tops to sit at. They are quite popular, they have a "real" happy hour (that actually lasts an hour only) which is cool. Plus its from 4:20PM to 5:20PM so go figure :P
08-30-2013 21:47:07 | More by BODOBEERS
4.39/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Been here twice in the past two weeks.
Nice bar with a good feel to it. The place is pretty small. Both of my visits were in the earl evening hours, so it was busy but not crazy cramped. I can see this being an issue on weekends, etc.
No table service. All drinks are ordered at the bar which is a bit of a pain. Staff was friendly and helpful.
Beer is all draft only, but the selection is nice. Them seem to rotate taps fairly frequently, and the current list of on electronic board above the bar.
Pricing reasonable especially for walking distance from Times Square. I had three 8 oz and one 14 oz pours for $20 including tip.
This is a place I would frequent any time I'm in the New York area.
07-05-2013 18:37:16 | More by richj1970
4.45/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
I've only been there twice but I am def looking forward to my next trip. My last time there they had some limited releases from Six Points. I didn't converse much with teh bartender, but based on the conversation I heard between her and the guy next to me she seemed pretty knowledgable. She was totally friendly too....Plus the shrimp torta I had was quite tasty..
05-29-2013 21:49:00 | More by KindBeerIsKIng
3.81/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
I know this place gets a ton of love, and I don't hate it, but there are many better places in my opinion (granted none in the neighborhood).
Tap selection is generally solid, although rarely excellent. The digital menu is a nice touch, with plenty of information. The printed menu goes even further.
Pricing at $6 a pour (formerly $5) is still excellent. I believe there is a HH pricing as well, although I've not been there for it.
Atmosphere is where this place loses it for me. It is quite small, and often super crowded with a rowdy, college kid crowd. Maybe it's the times I've been here, but to me this is not what a craft bar should be. I'm not saying it should be beer nerds quietly writing tasting notes, but this is too far in the other direction. I also am turned off when a bar has a bouncer.
Service has been fine, if nothing special. They generally deal with the crowds pretty well. I've never had a chance to talk shop with them as it has been too crazy during my visits.
Overall, a quality tap selection with excellent pricing make this a good stop if you're in the neighborhood, but the college kid atmosphere and out of the way nature make it tough to be a real destination spot.
05-21-2013 19:05:51 | More by BKBassist
4/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Met a friend here on a late Wednesday afternoon. Weather was a very nice early May day in NY so the door and windows were open creating an especially welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Their electronic beer board was very intuitive and exciting. We started with two terrific casks: a DIPA and their Green Tea Stout. Both were little 8 oz pours with really big tastes. I would have been satisfied with just those but wanted to try others while here so went for the other stout and IPA they had on draught which were almost as good. Went back to cask just in time as the DIPA kicked. I didn't write down the names of the draughts since they change so often but I'm quite sure they've been replaced with equally delightful choices. Plenty of range (wheats, porters, ryes, pilsners) but didn't partake. The food was the biggest surprise: excellent. Had both sliders (lamb, duck) followed by the calamari and, like the cask options, went back for more sliders. The calamari were too syrupy sweet but didn't care since more sliders were on the way. Overall, fantastic and I'll be back.
05-11-2013 14:26:36 | More by fulcrum
4.16/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Re-visited this place last night (a monday night) - At 9pm the bar was full but there was seating at the barrel tables running down the middle - the electronic draught list board is impressive - we had some Stone 11-11-11 Vertical Epic, Brooklyn Defender, and they even had Bud Light bottles for my non-craft drinking friend, as well as a Yankee game and a Jet game running on both ends of the bar, without a bunch of drunken college kids yelling at the screens - Beers are reasonably priced, you get a bunch of change back from a $20 bill for 2 beers - I can only imagine this place being way too crowded on a weekend, the full bar monday night crowd was just right for me -
Positive vibes all-around -
10-09-2012 14:15:10 | More by JoeBloe
3.95/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a great little bar in New York (emphasis on little) there is not a whole lot of room to deal with, so get to know the person next to you. There selection of beers is fantastic. They had a Vermont day on one of my visits and Stone-day another. You'll pay around $6.50 per beer depending on what you're drinking. We always have a good time there and the place is usually pretty packed. Service is the one downside, they are a bit slow with serving you, in part because there are so many people. But worth multiple visits. CHEERS!
05-07-2012 02:52:31 | More by nickmorgan11
4.48/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
one of my favorite bars but ONLY if you hit it at the right time. don't expect to have an enjoyable time here on the weekends, no matter what time.
$5 a pour is unbeatable in NY for the craft beer scene, the food is your standard pub grub fare but really well executed (pretzels, sausages, etc.) and also well priced.
service quality fluctuates based off of how crowded it is.
again though, $5 a pour is amazing but I wouldn't even dream of having a halfway decent time at this place on the weekends. the crowd turns all bridge and tunnel and since there's no table service and generally 2 bartenders, ordering a beer can become a shouting match and an arm competition just to give the hardworking tenders your hard earned tender.
04-22-2012 18:16:30 | More by maximep
4.65/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Was in NY City to wander about about soak up atmosphere , eat and find beer. Read about Pony bar on beer advocate and took a walk to find it on 4.9.12 . Well worth the journey. Maybe 15 or 20 minute walk from times square.
When you walk in the electronic score board of beer on tap, the clock set at 4:20 and the old picture of Neil Young set the atmosphere. Sparse on seating, old wooden kegs for tables.
But here is where you come to sample beer & meet the neighbors.
The menu is sparse but the turkey chile and pretzels are tasty
But here is beer . Belly up to the bar ck scoreboard and order.
All beer is $5 yep every beer. The size of your glass changes but the beer is there.
The scoreboard flashes and bells ring when the beer changes
Night I was there there was Oskar blues pilsner, hills Edward a pale ale, a mix of new York beers. Overall a very good selection of beer and a knowledge staff
04-15-2012 02:17:09 | More by Gratefullawyer
The Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen in New York, NY
95 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.