On Saturday Night, Tina and I met regular-reader Luis V. and his lovely better-half Becky at one of the best bars in all of NYC, called The Pony Bar.
Pony Bar has the best beers at the best prices in the city, and now I can say they have the best Lamb Sliders I’ve ever eaten. I never ate a lamb slider before Saturday night, so that helps the hyperbole a little.
All beers (from what I ordered and can tell) cost $5. Every single one is a top-tier brew. And if they aren’t, I like to think they are. And it’s fun to look at the alcohol content and serving size before making your order. At first glance, the alcohol content looks like the pricetag.
Every 30 minutes to an hour, there’s a loud knocking noise (Luis, correct me if I’m wrong) followed by everyone in the bar screaming, “NEW BEER!!” At which time, they take a beer listing down and replace it with another.
Then a leprechaun flips through the bar before landing head first in a cauldron of gold coins.
Again, Luis, correct me if I’m wrong about any of these details.
The bar tenders clean each glass just before serving you with a squirt of some special
holy water. And they understand the art of the pour better than most anyone I know apart from regular-reader SAW. I had a glass of Left Hand Milk Stout that was poured so well, I wanted to hug the bartender.
Our reunion was great. You might remember that Luis and Becky met us in Washington DC for the Jon Stewart
Pep Rally Rally for Sanity. Luis and Becky are intimidatingly smart, but so down to earth that you’d never know it.
Tina jokes that Luis and my first date was at The Pony Bar, and we were out to relive memories on Saturday night.
We had a rip-roaring time. Luis wore his “Intelligent Design makes my monkey sad” tee-shirt. And I actually had an evolution shirt on under my shirt. It’s kind of like this one.
Tina loves Becky so much I told them they should get a room before the night was over. They are a good pair. And Luis and I talked shop, blog topics, blog regulars, and photography.
There is never enough time in the day when meeting with good, smart people such as these.
Here’s a couple shots below. Click to enlarge. One is a dark image of my lamb sliders and ‘tater chips. Another hipstamatic shot of the bartender changing out a beer selection. And there’s a general shot of the bar at its emptiest all night.