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These Gay Bars and Clubs Are Painting the Desert in Rainbow and Livening up the Nightlife Scene

Written By: Ashlee Polarek and Sara Hyland
Photographed By: Melissa Bandli Gay Clubs and Bars in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is known and celebrated for their wide range of gay bars that offers a welcoming atmosphere for people of every sexuality. There is something for everyone, and that’s what Palm Springs is all about. Below are seven gay bars in Palm Springs to check out on your next visit! You can thank us later.

1 | TouCan We Visit Again? Gay Clubs and Bars in Palm Springs

Toucans Tiki Lounge

Toucans Tiki Lounge is an energetic, island oasis in Palm Springs. As you reach the city on Highway 111, the lounge is the first bar you come across and the last one you stop at on your way out. It’s also home to the longest running drag show in Greater Palm Springs. With weekly events like Latin Fever Monday, “We are known for our music, DJs and sound system,” explained Mike Marinelli-Spain, one of the managers at Toucans. Check out the tiki menu and try a Reach Around—made with Three Olives Mango Vodka, watermelon pucker, orange juice and a squeeze of lime—or go for one of the delicious margaritas! “People ask for the margs skinny—we tell them all of our margaritas are skinny,” shared Marinelli-Spain. Every margarita at Toucans is made with tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and orange juice for color. When you’re in the mood for dancing and good music, Toucans is your bar.

Native Knowledge: Velvet, the Palm Springs lesbian club, meets here fairly often. They host events for ‘ladies who love ladies.’ Check out their Facebook page for their next event! 

Toucans Tiki Lounge
2100 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.416.7584

2 | Karaoke Your Heart Out Gay Clubs and Bars in Palm Springs

Streetbar

At Streetbar, there is karaoke from Sunday through Wednesday, so you’ll have time to belt out every one of your go-to songs. Thursdays are for retro tunes, so brush up on songs of the past and get ready to sing and dance along to jams provided by Mark Jones. Pop into Streetbar for a fun and laid back atmosphere with colorful and retro decor. Order a drink from any of the classics or be inspired by the daily happy hour on “Top Shelf Specials” like Grey Goose, Jack Daniel’s and Patron. Mixed drinks are $6, and martinis and rocks are $8. Take note of the chandelier, which is often decorated in unique and exciting ways around holidays and celebrations! 

Native Knowledge: Streetbar is cash only, so hit up an ATM before you drop in for drinks.

Streetbar
224 E Arenas Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.320.1266

3 | Hunt for a Greatness No More Gay Clubs and Bars in Palm Springs

Hunters Nightclub

Hunters Nightclub is the party spot in Palm Springs. With cabaret, karaoke and a nine-hour happy hour, little is left to be desired. Come for the drinks, made strong and stay for the music and dancing. Tuesday and Thursday nights feature trivia, something different than most bars on this list. Wednesdays are for ‘Drag Me To Bingo’ hosted by Miss Rusty Waters and the Underwear Contest. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the beauty of Palm Spring inside and help keep the energy on the patio just as exciting as it is on the inside. This high energy nightclub is no stranger to fun and unique events. Check the Hunters Nightclub’s website for events like the Leather Pride Celebration or their Thanksgiving Celebration. Order bottle service for VIP treatment or your fave cocktail during the nine-hour happy hour and party the evening away! 

Hunters Nightclub
302 E Arenas Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262 
760.323.0700

4 | Let Your Nights Heat up

Chill Bar

Chill Bar is exactly what its name insinuates: a chill bar with a large outdoor non-smoking patio and open spaces, with literally a chill temperature; it’s the best escape from the desert heat! Drop in on a ‘Sunday Funday’ where you can play the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in the game room and celebrate your win with drink specials. Come dance to the high-energy music, enjoy go-go dancers and hourly stripteases (on some nights) or catch a drag show and be wowed by a rotating cast of queens. As you enjoy the festivities, be on the lookout for trays of delicious jello shots!

Chill Bar
217 E Arenas Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.327.1079

 

5 | “Oh, and did I mention? EVERYBODY SINGS”

QuadZ

Brush up on your show tunes because at QuadZ, everybody sings along. Monday, Friday and Saturday are for belting out your favorite numbers from all of the best musicals. Formerly known as SpurLine, QuadZ is a laid back bar where you can go for great conversation, meet new people or celebrate with lifelong friends. Order a boozy slushie in either Cherry Bomb or Blueberry Lemonade for some summer heat relief. Enjoy the recently remodeled contemporary decor and great music. “The crowd is more of a respectful crazy crowd,” said QuadZ General Manager Brian Mcgann. “It ranges from the young LA crowd that comes into town and the permanent Palm Springs’ retiree crowd, and we all get along. You can come here and feel comfortable and not feel judged. You’re going to find above-average people but not above-people people.” 

Native Knowledge: The owners of Quadz also owns the QuadZ in Las Vegas!

QuadZ
200 S Indian Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA, 92262
760.778.4326

6 | Stacy’s Palm (Springs) Has Got It Going on

Stacy’s Palm Springs

For those who like jazz music, good company and a sophisticated vibe, Stacy’s Palm Springs is the place for you. Smooth jazz and contemporary classics fill the welcoming space. On Tuesdays, guests can put on their own show during ‘Take the Mic,’ hosted by drag queen Anita Rose. Stacy’s is not a dance club, although guests do sometimes sway and sing along to the music being performed—who can resist Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon?” The bar is smaller, creating an intimate space to chat with friends or enjoy a night of great music.

Native Knowledge: The owners create their own simple syrups to ensure that none of the cocktails have a “fake” taste. For a refreshing drink order, Stacy’s VIP Express made with house-infused pineapple vodka is a must-try.

Stacy’s Palm Springs
220 E Arenas Rd
Palm Springs, CA, 92262
760.620.5003

7 | Put This in Your Little Blackbook 

Blackbook Bar

Sleek design meets delicious food at Blackbook Bar. Gray walls, marble countertops and black tiles create a clean modern feel, yet the space still feels light and inviting. Known for their delectable flavors, Blackbook is more than just a bar. Try the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich or the Super Duper Cheesy Nachos, which come covered in two types of cheeses, homemade salsa, carne asada and chicken asada, tomato and jalapeno. With room for all your friends and an inclusive and safe atmosphere, it’s the ‘new kid on the block’ that everyone loves. The staff is friendly, and love and acceptance radiate from everywhere. Order a drink from the huge whiskey menu and enjoy a cool summer evening with friends and loved ones on the large patio. 

Native Knowledge: Blackbook Bar’s name was inspired by the Blackbook investigations into people who were excluded and not allowed into Las Vegas casinos. Blackbook Bar strives to be inclusive to all the opposite of the Blackbook investigations, hence why ‘Black’ in their logo is backwards!

Blackbook Bar
315 E Arenas Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.832.8497