About the Pink Pony Pub
Legendary Gulf Shores Restaurant & Bar
If you can’t spot the Pink Pony Pub when you hit the main drag in Gulf Shores, it’s likely that you’re not legal to drive! Our not-so-large restaurant and bar boast an oh-so-defiantly pink exterior with a belly-up-to-the-bar pony painted on the outside. Think the color pink of a Pepto bottle, fresh bubble gum, or 90 percent of Barbie’s wardrobe. We’re hard to miss!
We think of pink as a kind of declaration that’s more than just our name. When you walk through our doors, you’re in the pink pulsing heart – the old school area – of Gulf Shores. Our legendary restaurant and bar just off the main drag has survived a number of changes and disasters over the years:
- Hurricanes Frederic and Ivan
- The rise of condo mania
- Shifting sands w/ vacationers
- Spring breakers hitting the beach
Our historic pink building isn’t likely to wash or fade away any time soon. In fact, if you drive down the main drag of Gulf Shores and don’t see us, it’s likely that you won’t see anything else either.
It's not a big place, and it's not what you call fancy, but it serves up the kind of seafood and burgers you wouldn’t expect at a beach bar. Then you wash it down with a frosty beverage.
By night, bands will play “Sweet Home Alabama” just as long and often as you want 'em to, and they’ll probably dance alongside you on the slim dance floor.
History of Gulf Shores’ Pink Pony Pub
Our unique restaurant and bar was originally part of the Calloway family’s Seahorse Cottages in the 1950s. The parents of Bruce Mernik, a carpenter by trade, purchased the Seahorse Cottages. When Bruce set to remodeling this distinct building into the Pink Pony Pub, we welcomed the change and opened our doors in 1956. Marybelle Mernik, Bruce’s mother, gave us our name in keeping with the Seahorse brand.
At that time, Gulf Shores was still a small city filled with a handful of modest homes and fish shacks. We stayed a neighborhood bar for over a decade, inviting locals and visitors to enjoy our fresh-from-the-ocean menu and drinks. Despite an ordinance by Gulf Shores making it illegal “for any hurricane to enter in the corporate limits of the Town of Gulf Shores, its police jurisdiction, or the air/space above it,” 1957’s Hurricane Frederic slammed the Gulf Coast, washing away the original Pink Pony and the old wooden pier. Spokespersons for Hurricanes Frederic, Ivan, Dennis, and others have offered simple responses for the hurricanes’ violation of the ordinance: “No comment.” The $1 to $100 or six months hard labor penalties have yet to be paid up.
Visit The Pink Pony Pub in Gulf Shores
While the Pink Pony Pub isn’t much more extensive than when it began, we’re still serving up Gulf Shores’s best food and nightlife. Enjoy soaking up the A/C on a sun break or bask in the sun on the weathered wooden deck that looks out over the surf, and let us serve up some of our favorites at our picnic-style tables under the large beach umbrellas. Bikinis are always welcome.
Children are always welcome, too – at least until 9:00 pm when our karaoke or live music typically take over until we close at 3:00 am. Our full menu is served up daily, featuring:
- Fresh-caught Gulf shrimp and oysters
- Buffalo wings
- Chicken Fingers
- And more!
Couple these favorites with a drink from our full bar for the perfect meal and experience at the Pink Pony Pub!
We continue to stand up to the hard winds of illegally encroaching hurricanes and look forward to many more years of serving up Gulf Shores’ best times!