The new year has rolled over into 2018, meaning the eyes of many South Floridians – particularly those in western Palm Beach County – turn to polo and the equestrian world. With the Village of Wellington as its ground zero, western Palm Beach County’s equestrian season – from polo to dressage – will shift into high gear through the end of April.
Despite its perception of being for the rich and famous, polo is every man’s (and women’s) sport. The best evidence of that is the Polo Bar & Grill at Polo West in Wellington. Located on what was once the Wellington Country Club, the Polo Bar & Grill is a great spot for families to watch a polo match on one of Polo West’s four polo fields or watch an arena polo match just steps from its front door.
“It’s an amazing feeling – like being in the front row,’’ restaurant general manager Leslie Hill said of arena polo. “It’s really a lot of fun to watch.’’
A faster paced three-on-three version of regulation polo, arena polo is a terrific way to get introduced to the game and at the same time spend a Sunday evening at one of the area’s best new casual eateries.
“We’re not trying to serve bar food,’’ Hill said. “We’re a little more upscale with a lot of healthy options. But everyone can come here and enjoy themselves.’’
Polo Bar & Grill’s “modern fusion’’ décor gives off an equestrian feel without putting off non-equestrian guests. The Grill Room overlooks the 12-acre polo field and driving range through floor-to-ceiling glass windows; the Bar features high-top tables and a double horseshoe-shaped bar; and the Patio has views of the polo field and driving range.
The Grill Room’s menu, created by Executive Chef Victor Irizarry, features an assortment of flat breads, soups, salads and sandwiches, in addition to items such as a 12-ounce grilled pork chop and 12-ounce New York Steak. The Grill Room also is open for brunch on Saturday, Sunday and even Monday.
In addition to the polo and arena polo, Polo Bar & Grill is a good gathering spot for other events, including “Southern Rock’’ concerts each Saturday night during the Winter equestrian season. Thursdays are “Big Dog’s Night Out’’ benefiting Big Dog Ranch Rescue, and “Friday Night Lights’’ features equestrian events.
“We want to be the regular spot that people come to for good food an entertainment,’’ Hill said.
Open only since this past October, Polo Bar & Grill is off to a good start.