The Pony Room
You don’t have to be a guest at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa to appreciate the spirited concoctions and more than 100 tequilas and mezcals here. It’s a favorite of local notables who know they can settle in for a low-key evening. The expansive outdoor seating transforms into a lively bar scene complete with a great happy hour Sun.-Thurs., 3 to 6pm.
Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine
Of Pendry’s six dining and drinking establishments, Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine is the jewel, serving an ever-changing menu of small plates (think rockfish ceviche and lobster hush puppies). It’s on the new rooftop space, where you’ll see San Diego’s beautiful people this summer. Signature items like spicy grilled octopus and Tajín-seared albacore are transported via an elevator in the dining room up to the pool deck. Wash them down with cheeky craft cocktails while enjoying a dramatic San Diego sunset on weekdays from 5 to 10pm weeknights and 5 to 11pm weekends.
Exclusive Rancho Santa Fe boasts its own lively scene, where sophisticated clientele (notables have included Bill Gates and Gerald Ford) head for French-California cuisine. On on any given night at Mille Fleurs, you might run into local bold-facers like Darrell Issa, Jenny Craig, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers. If you aren’t in the dining room feasting on sauteed quail and foie gras or Angus beef filets, try the piano bar for live music Wednesday through