LIt seems no matter what time you drive by the fairly new Yucca Valley establishment, Tiny Pony Tavern, there are people wandering in and out, from or to a packed parking lot. It looks like a humble establishment from the road, but once you enter through their doors, you transport into a warm, local vibe that is somewhere between TGI Friday’s, a modern gastro pub, and Cheers. The bar is beautiful, and well-stocked, lined with locals as well as visitors, elbow to elbow. Pool tables entertain the players and onlookers.
All the owners have lived and worked in the area for over 5 years and have been coming out to visit the desert for long periods of time over the last decade before making their final move to the hidesert. “We really felt like there was a need for a spot open day and night, 7 days a week, with fresh food, creative cocktails, cheap beer, and a laid-back atmosphere,” explained owner, Alison Paris. “We essentially opened the place we’d want to hang out in – somewhere you can play a game of pool with a burger and a beer for $15 or sit down to a nice steak dinner with a properly made cocktail.”