The Pony Bar isnt the only bar coming to Midtown West. Kal Narvilas has teamed up with Michelle Gascoine (the No. 1 bartender at his East Village spot, Kabin) to open Blue Ruin in the storied Bellevue Bar space that most recently housed Why Not? Gascoine is going for an anything-goes Tammany Hall vibe and describes his Hells Kitchen saloon as Gangs of New York meets McSorleys meets Hogs & Heifers. When the place opens today, therell be attractive, sassy female bartenders dispensing flaming shots as well as your usual beers.
People are going to come here for the girls, Narvilas promises and if bar vixens arent enticement enough, hes bringing in a stuffed lions head. We got a sneak peek last night while the place was being finished and found handsome touches like a painted tin ceiling, oxidized copper lighting fixtures, an antique cashier, and a floor made from 100-year-old pine from the roof of the Pepsi-Cola factory in College Point, Queens. Sadly, the secret door that used to lead to Siberia after-hours now opens onto a porn shop. Well give you a photo tour shortly.
Blue Ruin, 538 Ninth Ave., nr. 40th St.; no phone yet