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When Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa reopened in October 2012 after a 10-month transformation, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel introduced The Pony Bar, a stand-alone wine, tapas and cocktail bar adjacent to the resort’s signature restaurant, Veladora. The polo-inspired bar is a stylish space to socialize, with a large outdoor seating area, live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, and a polished, capable staff. The full range of luxury liquors focuses on craft tequilas and unique cocktails, and a rustic bar menu offers lunch and dinner. Take a seat on The Pony Bar's terrace — by a fire pit in the evenings — for a lovely spot to sip fine wine, enjoy a charcuterie board and take in picture-perfect Southern California views.