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Bite and Sip Without Emptying Your Wallet With These Greater Palm Springs’ Restaurants’ Happy Hours

Written By: Andrea Gomez
Photographed By: Ella Merrill Best Palm Springs Happy Hours

Happy hour is the perfect time to relax, socialize and enjoy great menu items at an even greater price! In Greater Palm Springs, happy hour is an art form. The growing desert food bubble provides hungry foodies with a variety of diverse and delectable options. From sliders to wings and everything in between, round up your friends and check out these seven best happy hours in Greater Palm Springs!


1 | No Place We’d Rather Be

The Place

Must Order: Agua Caliente | Harissa Fish Tacos

With picturesque views of the pool and sandy beach area of the resort, there is no better “place” to be during happy hour than this all-new lounge bar located in the newly renovated Renaissance Esmeralda Resort! The items on this menu use hyper-local ingredients to represent the history of Greater Palm Springs. Drinks named after local celebrities like Mary Pickford, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra are all perfect to sip on after a long day. Pair it up with a lite bite—The Place offers everything from fish tacos to shwarma—for the perfect evening treat!

The Place
44400 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210


2 | It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Cocktails Palm Springs Happy Hours

Ristorante Mamma Gina

Must Order: Mamma Gina’s Manhattan | Creme Brûlée

It’s always time for happy hour at Ristorante Mamma Gina! Their all-day happy hour menu offers an extensive variety of martinis, beers, cocktails, wines and specialty drinks served on the rocks! Ristorante Mamma Gina takes traditional Italian dishes and gives them a new contemporary spin. At happy hour, guests can dig into salad, soup, pasta, tapas and dessert options that taste like heaven on earth! Try the creme brûlée, which is gluten-free, for the sweetest ending to a perfect happy hour!

Ristorante Mamma Gina
73705 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260


3 | Pop! Fizz! Clink!


Must Order: Well Martinis | AC3 Poutine

AC3 is the brainchild of two popular Greater Palm Springs restaurants: Trio and Copley’s on Palm Canyon. This New American-inspired menu is a breath of fresh air and brings incredible views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Whether you’re a local or a visitor looking for a spot to fuel up, AC3 has everything you crave. From endless breakfast options to an assortment of happy hour eats, like their braised short rib sliders and black truffle pomme frites, you’re guaranteed a satisfied stomach. Keep it classy and clink to an evening well-spent with their well martinis—you can’t go wrong with one of those!

45350 Larkspur Ln
Palm Desert, CA 92260

4 | Treat Yo’Self to Trio Palm Springs Happy Hours


Must Order: Grapefruit Kiss | Kobe Beef Sliders

Trio’s daily happy hour means you can come back again and again! Their menu consists of classic comfort food with an unforgettable and delicious Californian twist. While the most challenging thing about ordering at Trio is choosing your favorite order, we’re pretty hooked on the tender and juicy Kobe Beef Sliders.

Native Knowledge: At Trio, variety is key. “From fish tacos to sliders, we have really good choices on our menu for our guests to choose from,” says Owner Tony Marchese. Trio is very local-driven as well; they’ve had the same two men come in every day for the past nine years!

707 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262


5 | “Wine” Down and Let Loose Palm Springs Happy Hours

Cork & Fork

Must Order: Wine of the Day | Thai Shrimp Cakes

Happy hour at Cork & Fork starts at “wine o’clock!” This contemporary casual fine dining restaurant offers happy hour every day until 6 p.m. Guests can dive into five different entrée choices ranging from comfort to fusion! We can’t get enough of the Thai Shrimp Cakes with togarashi sauce, sweet soy and lime.

Native Knowledge: Cork & Fork values quality in their wine selections during happy hours; Owner Andie Hubka says, “We buy awesome wines at closeout prices—our wine vendors come to us when they have, say, five cases left before a vintage change, so we are able to buy great wines from all over the world at super low closeout prices and we pass the savings on to our customers. The only bummer is: when it’s gone, it’s gone!”

Cork & Fork
47875 Caleo Bay Dr
La Quinta, CA 92253

6 | Let the Good Times Flow

360 Sports

Must Order: 360 Mule | Chicken Chorizo Nacho Potato Flats

At 360 Sports, you can catch the latest sports game, gamble at the slot machines on the casino floor and get some of the “luckiest” happy hour deals in Greater Palm Springs! Get lucky seven days a week, twice a day with their 360 Mule and their Chicken Chorizo Nacho Potato Flats. 

360 Sports
32-250 Bob Hope Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


7 | Cheers, My Dears!

Acqua California BistroLULU California Bistro

Must Order: Babe’s Honey Blonde | Classic Margherita Pizza

Acqua California Bistro and LULU California Bistro both capture the fun, bright and chic atmosphere of the desert, and their extensive shared menu only gets better at happy hour. These California-inspired plates such as the classic Margherita pizza and tasty drink pairings will be sure to leave you wanting more! 

Native Knowledge: Acqua California Bistro is one of the few restaurants in Greater Palm Springs that offers an all-day happy hour.

Acqua California Bistro
71-800 Hwy 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

LULU California Bistro
200 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262


8 | Sunshine and Drinks Make Our Hearts Sing


Must Order: Coachella Valley Mon | Bacon and Date Pizza

Dringk’s modern, sleek aesthetic and yummy American food options are the perfect combo for a remarkable evening under the mountains and stars in Greater Palm Springs. There’s no better way to unwind than chilling out with a pint of the Coachella Valley Mon and a $3 plate of the Coachella Valley Stuffed Dates.

71800 CA-111, Ste 101
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270