Famed Melbourne live venue Pony set to close in December

Melbourne live-music institution Pony – home of the famed 2am set – will close on December 2 after more than twelve years of late night debauchery.

According to The Age ’s Sticky Carpet column rising rents are to blame for the closure. Jon Perring, one of Pony’s three owners, has explained to The Age that while he is sad to see it go the decision “is essentially a business decision based on not being able to agree on a rental that would work for us to operate long term into the future.’’ Perring also owns the Tote, Bar Open and Yah Yah’s with business partners Andrew Portokallis and Sam Crupi.

Camillo Ippoliti, who owns Revolver in Prahran, Cookie and the Toff in the city with his son Daniel, has negotiated a new lease for Pony says that ‘’it is likely that after renovations live music will continue’’. Ippoliti also leases the Bridie O’Reilly’s next door to Pony, but says that the two venues will continue to “operate as separate but complementary businesses”.

Pony was one of the key points on Melbourne’s “Bermuda Triangle” of late night live venues in a three-pronged party vortex that extended from Cherry on Corporation Lane to Ding Dong on Market Lane. Writing about the Melbourne rock scene of the early-2000s FL editor Darren Levin recently described Pony as “the only place in Melbourne where you could (and still can) listen to ‘Search & Destroy’ at 6am while downing a Carlton Draught, until those musty red awnings would fling up and you’d be left scurrying out into the real world among the joggers and the soccer mums. ”