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The Pink Pony Bar & Grill
Mackinac Island (Est. 1948)
By LEE BRESLOUER

“But Mackinac’s such a tourist trap,” many Michiganders will say, probably en route to Mackinac. And they’d be correct. But it’s also a place visited by 95% of the population, and it kind of rules. Located where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet in between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, the island has no cars, and can only be reached by boat or ferry. Which is a good thing, because odds are that whether you’re up for one of the annual sailboat races or just visiting for a night, you’re getting down at the Pony. The place — which looks like Bilbo Baggins and Barbie co-designed it — hosts live music, rowdy parties, and includes one of the most gorgeous patios in the country, with a panoramic view that hammers home the reason they’re not called “Pretty Good Lakes.” If this is a tourist trap, we’re glad to be ensnared. – Thrillist (The Most Iconic Bar in Every State)

Our waiter was Zak and he was fun,very professional,organized and was very accommodating. He did not rush us. Zak was very informative. He was courteous and kind. We need more people like him. He represented Pink Pony very well. The food was delicious.

Robin S.

Zak was very nice. Cares for his customers. Greeted us with a smile. Made sure our food was correct and checked on us to see if we needed anything. Zak was great!!!

Brenda P.

Alex, your new waiter, is fantastic! We were very impressed with his service!!

Debra

Very rare are all of your expectations met or exceeded. Waiter Jay provided us with the best possible experience under the current times. We felt comfortable and the food was everything we were told it would be. Choosing to people watch in a street view booth may not have been the same as boat watching on the deck, but we’ll leave that as something to look forward to next time … and there WILL be a next time! Cheers

ST3poker

We ate here after kayaking on the lake. There was an outdoor patio that overlooks the water. Delicious Bloody Mary and Shrimp tacos!!

STLBritt

Sit back and enjoy the view, the food and the coctails. Sitting outside is the best but you still get the island feel if you are seated inside. Try the whitefish fingers and the whitefish dip!

VantagePointsForAwe

We just love this place! The food is consistently good, the staff is phenomenal, and the atmosphere is busy but relaxed. The atmosphere is very conducive to good conversation. We will continue making this part of our trips!

gwydU

I visited the Pink Pony on 1012/18 and loved it! We went around 6 so it was pretty busy but we got a seat right and the bar and had dinner and drinks there (the rum runners are great) I also enjoyed my french dip sandwich and my husband got whitefish tacos both were great. Our bartender was great he made good conversation with us. We also stopped in the store the guy and girl working were very friendly and helpful it had so many cute things. The hotel lobby also looked very nice next time we visit the island we plan to stay there.

snapstergirl

The fun pink drinks, superior staff, delish food, pink decor, ponies, awesome music, good vibes, pink seats, great views, fun people watching, pink bar, silly stories, nice gift shop, pink straws, nifty coasters, pink, pink, pink, pink, PINK!!!!!!

Melissa F

I just finished the Great Turtle Trail Run and wanted to go into town to get something to eat. My best friend and I were having a hard time as everything was packed with other racers. We ended up at the Pink Pony that had 3 bars. The first 2 were packed so we tried the patio bar and what a hit! It was closed in but still cool with the weather. The heat lamps made it awesome! We had an amazing view of the lake. The staff said it was the last day open but they were still perfect. The food was so awesome also.

BreB760

We had never stopped in here before. We opted for a lake view table in the hotel, rather than the bar. The food was delicious. My husband had the flatbread with chicken and honey, and we both had soup, but I had the onion soup and half sandwich. Everything was excellent. Service was friendly and efficient, too.

Lynda C

Busy, busy place with even busier bar scene, so if it’s dining you’re after, ask for a table in the hotel’s dining room overlooking the water. Our server was attentive, our menu choices just right. Every place on this island, particularly on the Main Street, will be more crowded than a New York subway, so adopt ‘island time,’ and wait at Pink Pony for a table. You’ll be glad you did!

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