Greater Palm Springs drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Wine Bar in Greater Palm Springs

Counter Reformation

If you worship at the altar of Bacchus (the Roman god of wine), you'll be singing his praises in this dimly lit clandestine boite at the Parker Palm Springs resort. The handpicked menu features just 17 reds, whites …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Greater Palm Springs

Bootlegger Tiki

Crimson light bathes even pasty-faced hipsters into a healthy glow, as do the pretty crafted cocktails at this teensy tiki bar with blowfish lamps and rattan walls.
Cocktail Bar in Greater Palm Springs


In the back of the updated steakhouse Mr Lyons hides this furtive libation station named in honor of owner and entertainment lawyer Tara Lazar's dad. The eye-candy decor, mixing her old law books with exotic art, is…
Gay & Lesbian in Greater Palm Springs

Chill Bar

More high energy than chill, but an essential stop on the Arenas 'boys town' strip. Relax at the rectangular bar or on the wraparound patio, and mingle with the diversity of Palm Springs' gay community: all ages, ra…
Cafe in Greater Palm Springs

Ernest Coffee

The tiki torches and the name are a nod to this perky cafe's earlier incarnation as Don the Beachcomber's founded in 1953 by Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt. There's still a tiki bar in the back but the front is all a…
Bar in Greater Palm Springs


On a balmy night, Birba's hedge-fringed patio with twinkle lights and a sunken firepit brings a dolce vita vibe to the desert. Unwind with a glass of frizzante or smooth cocktails such as the tequila-based Heated Sn…
Cafe in Greater Palm Springs

Palm Springs Koffi North

Tucked among the Uptown art galleries, this is the original branch of this much-beloved local chain of hip coffeehouses. The java is organic and there are muffins, bagels and other baked goods to feed sugar cravings…
Gay & Lesbian in Greater Palm Springs


Nights at this high-energy bar and club, a staple of the Arenas Rd 'gayborhood' strip, are an assortment of karaoke, drag shows, trivia nights and classic, thumping, go-go-boys-on-a-box dance events around a shiny b…
Gay & Lesbian in Greater Palm Springs

Toucan’s Tiki Lounge

This attitude-free hangout draws an eclectic mix of LGBT, straight, locals and tourists, young and old with its cheap drinks, bar trivia and outrageous drag shows. The energy (and sound) level is usually high but of…
Gay in Greater Palm Springs


Drawing a congenial community mix of locals, long-time visitors and occasional drag performers, this bar hosts fun karaoke parties from Sunday to Wednesday and bands or DJs on other nights. There's a cozy street-sid…