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 killer crafted cocktails at this teensy speakeasy with blowfish lamps and rattan walls. The entrance is via the Ernest coffee shop.
Top Choice Live Music in Joshua Tree National Park

Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

For local color, toothsome BBQ, cheap beer and kick-ass live music, drop in at this textbook honky-tonk in Pioneertown, a movie set turned living town. Monday’s open-mike nights (admission free) are legendary and of…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Tecopa

Death Valley Brewing

This craft brewery in the middle of nowhere is not a mirage but the pint-sized operation of artist and brewer Jon Zellhoefer in a restored railroad tie house. He usually has nine to 12 small-batch cold ones on tap, …
Cocktail Bar in Greater Palm Springs

Seymour's

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…
Cafe in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree Coffee Company

Organic and locally roasted, this spotless outfit makes some of the best coffee in JT. It's sold in places around the valley but roasted right here in the little hipster cafe with outdoor seating.
Bar in Big Bear Lake

Murray's Saloon & Eatery

The self-proclaimed 'best five-star hole-in-the-wall' has cheap beers, nightly karaoke and opening hours that might just keep you off the slopes or trail the following day. Skip the food.
Bar in Big Bear Lake

Whiskey Dave's

This spit-and-sawdust-type joint with half a dozen pool tables is a good place to point your compass for a rollickin' good time, especially on Friday or Saturday when rock bands get your head nodding. There's a full…
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…