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“Pony Rides Beer Rules!”
Review of The Pony Bar - CLOSED

The Pony Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Midtown
Madison, wi
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Pony Rides Beer Rules!”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

This bar had the best craft beer selection of any bar that I went to. There was a heavy emphasis on Vermont brews at the time I was there and they were pretty good. I have to say that the place was insanely loud and crowded the first time we visited. The other two times not so much.

It's not very big and seating is at a premium but it is a bar that you should check out while in NYC.
It's a cool place and I highly recommend it.

  • Visited April 2013
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Fayetteville, Georgia
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181 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Come ride the Pony!”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

If you want great craft beers at an exceptional price this is the place for you. The bartenders know their beer and will help you out if you are new to craft beer scene. Don't be put off by no table service, that's what makes The pony Bar quaint. The food menu although limited is great! The Black bean Chili was wonderful, the grilled cheese perfect. Bottom line come ride the Pony and have great beer!

  • Visited March 2013
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Wallasey, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Favourite”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

One of the best pubs we visited. Great beers, service and crowd. Well worth a visit, couldn't recommend it enough. Small place so seating could be an issue and as because of this it could be difficult to order drinks with no table service provided, this is a comment and not a criticism!

Visited February 2013
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308 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“One of the best beer bars in the world”
Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

Yes, the Pony gets crowded and loud, and the menu is limited, but those are not the reasons you go. You go for the impeccable, revolving, revolutionary and always mind-bending beer list. To call this a micro brew bar would insult it. The Pony taps the best American beers and cask ales. Their beer list always changes. If this were wine, the finest magazines in the world would rave about the excellence of the sommolier.

This is a one of the top ten beer bars in the US and probably top 100 worldwide. It is not a brew pub, just a bar that understands beer like few others.

Not a family spot.

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Yonkers, New York
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70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A little loud, but great beers and friendly staff”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Stopped by for some pints with some out of town friends. Great selection and a lively atmosphere. Happy hour pricing was a bonus...

  • Visited February 2013
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