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From Bottomless Mimosas to an Avocado Cocktail, You Don’t Want to Miss Out on These Bars in Palm Springs

Written By: Andrea Gomez
Photography Provided By: Ella Merill and Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Palm Springs Cocktail Bars

There’s nothing like an ice-cold libation to keep you chill in Greater Palm Springs. With top happy hour options, the bars in Palm Springs provide plenty of budget-friendly options, and luckily, there’s no shortage of exceptional bars, cocktail bars, nightclubs and lounges in Palm Springs. From fun fusions to throwback aesthetics, the bars in Palm Springs are truly unique to the area and will transport you to a completely different world. Here is a detailed libations guide—equipped with your “Must-Order” drink—to the 11 essential lounges and bars in Palm Springs!

1 | Thai, How Are You? Palm Springs Cocktail Bars

Bootlegger Tiki

Must-Order: Pod Thai

Need a little break from Palm Springs? For a little piece of the tropics in the oasis, visit Bootlegger Tiki! Try the Pod Thai, a bootlegger classic made with white rum, lemongrass, lime, coconut and soda. Happy hour doesn’t happen just once, but twice a day at this location: 4-6 p.m. and 12-2 a.m.!

Bootlegger Tiki
1101 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.318.4154

2 | Spring Into It Palm Springs Cocktail Bars

Amigo Room at Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Must-Order: The Palm Springsteen

The Amigo Room is dark, hip and infinitely grungy! Take a selfie with its taxidermy bear and try out the Palm Springsteen: rum twofold, lemon juice and strawberries. Visit on Wine Down Wednesdays to get half-off of all wine bottles or buy a round of buddy brews—$5 pints from 5:30-11 p.m. every Sunday.

Amigo Room at Ace Hotel & Swim Club
701 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.969.5777

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3 | A Refresh-Cap

Blackbook Bar & Kitchen

Must-Order: Hello Kitty Kitty

Say hello to Blackbook Bar & Kitchen, an LGBTQ-friendly bar that serves the most refreshing cocktails—including ones named after Hello Kitty—as well as mouth-watering, Southern comfort food that’ll make you as comfortable as the all-inclusive atmosphere! The friendly bartenders are the garnish on top of your cocktail. 

Blackbook Bar & Kitchen
315 E Arenas Rd 
Palm Springs, CA
760.832.8497

4 | Oh, Draughts! Palm Springs Cocktail Bars

Draughtsman at ARRIVE Palm Springs

Must-Order: Ionic Order

With a name calling back to classical architecture, the gastropub’s Ionic Order is made up of a column of great ingredients like tequila, mezcal, lime, pink peppercorn hibiscus syrup, yellow chartreuse and IPA foam. The industrial concrete, modern design with golden accents of Draughtsman’s interior feels edgy and exclusive. The bar’s countertop is decorated with the designer’s original blueprint plans for the space.

Draughtsman at ARRIVE Palm Springs
1501 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.507.1644

5 | Behind the Escena

Escena Lounge and Grill

Must-Order: Bottomless Mimosas

For living your “Mad Men” dreams with the postmodern, retro style, Escena Lounge and Grill is a lunch favorite—and for $10, bottomless mimosas are the perfect drink to complement your golf course views. Every Wednesday, select wines are half-off! Plus, live blues and jazz music can be enjoyed through the end of the month!

Escena Lounge and Grill
1100 Clubhouse View Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.992.0002

6 | Raising the Bar

High Bar at Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

Must-Order: Highway 111

High Bar’s views are unbeatable! Located seven stories up in the Kimpton Rowan Hotel, guests have a bird’s eye view of the city, the local mountains and clear blue skies. If you aren’t a hotel guest, don’t worry—the bar opens for the public at 5 p.m. The Highway 111 incorporates some local flavors by adding roasted dates, bourbon, demerara and bitters.

High Bar at Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel
100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.904.5015

7 | Driving Into the Hollywood Sunset

Purple Palm Restaurant & Bar at Colony Palms Hotel

Must-Order: Rio Rita

The Purple Palm Restaurant & Bar’s cozy, maroon-patterned walls and jaw-dropping view of the local mountains are awe-inspiring! “Sunset Hour” (aka happy hour) is from 3-6 p.m. The flavors in the Rio Rita will have you asking for more—Tequila, blood orange puree, lime juice and ghost pepper make up this refreshing drink with a kick. Located near the Movie Colony district, you’ll feel like a classic Hollywood superstar.

Purple Palm Restaurant & Bar at Colony Palms Hotel
572 N Indian Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.969.1818

8 | It Takes a Village

Village Pub

Must-Order: United Nations on Draft | Netherlands

A crowd favorite, the Village Pub is open until 2 a.m. every day! It features two levels on the inside as well as outside patio seating, so there’s always a great seat available! It has live music, and the upper level has DJ’s nightly so it’s great for dancing. Happy hour is from 3-9 p.m. every day, so try their premium United Nations on Draft—the Netherlands is a Lager option with a 100% Barley malt.

Village Pub
266 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.323.3265

9 | My Name Is Jefe

El Jefe at The Saguaro Hotel & Pool

Must-Order: Sotol

Located inside the bright and vivid Saguaro Hotel & Pool, El Jefe revamps Mexican classics for a younger audience. This darkwood-accented bar is inspired by the food and restaurants of Mexico City. They offer a diverse range of tequila options—order their Sotol, one of their Unique Spirits. El Jefe has Taco Tuesday and Thursday, so you can fill up your stomach’s (and heart’s) desire!

El Jefe at The Saguaro Hotel & Pool
1800 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.323.1711

10 | Take the Retro

RetroRoom Lounge

Must-Order: Bohemian Rhapsody

Satisfy your senses with the Bohemian Rhapsody which is made of Sailor Jerry Rum, Bacardi Mango Fusion Rum, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and bitters! RetroRoom Lounge is a gay bar that hosts karaoke seven days a week! It’s decorated in Hollywood-inspired, Rat Pack era decor. There are also fun drag queen performances multiple times a week!

RetroRoom Lounge
125 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste 102
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.656.8680

11 | Did You Want Some ‘Mour? Palm Springs Cocktail Bars

Seymour’s Palm Springs

Must-Order: Wait…what? Avocado?

Pretend you’re a long lost member of Frank Sinatra’s group at Seymour’s. The art decor, speakeasy vibe will take you away decades in the past. Try the Wait…what? Avocado? cocktail creation-—Fords Gin, lime juice, simple syrup, avocado and mint. Be prepared: Seymour’s is hard to find and is hidden inside Mr. Lyons Steakhouse!

Seymour’s Palm Springs
233 E Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.892.9000