Palm Springs Bars & Nightlife

Bars & Nightlife neighborhood
340 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Movie Colony
At a little over two years old, Bar (yes, it’s really a bar called Bar) is one of the newer, hipper watering holes in downtown Palm Springs. The vibe is more on par with a Silver Lake dive than a dessert oasis, though the backyard takes full advantage of mild temps and killer sunsets. There’s a modest but totally respectable small bites menu (deviled eggs, wings, and various pizza options) that goes perfectly with the lengthy whiskey, beer, and craft cocktail menu. They’re also really good about organizing comedy nights, burlesque shows, and live music.
Ernest Coffee
1101 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Movie Colony
In case you were wondering what a bunch of tiki torches are doing outside a coffee shop (Portland-based Stumptown is the bean of choice here), they’re relics of a time when the space served as Don the Beachcomber's tiki restaurant in the 1950’s. As an homage to its former life, the coffee shop works double duty as a casual wine and beer lounge, which is why no one under 21 is allowed inside. For something a little more substantial, there’s a selection of baked-fresh croissants during the day and artisanal cheese plates at night—all best enjoyed on the outdoor patio.
1800 E. Palm Canyon Dr., South Palm Springs
Add this to the list of stellar establishment situated on the Saguaro hotel property. As much as we love exploring the Basque tapas menu (the Pulpo a la Gallego and sautéed mussels are musts), it’s the Spanish wines and really stellar sangria (we recommend ordering by the pitcher) that are the main draw at this bar/restaurant hybrid. Thought the space is ideal for hosting small groups and romantic enough for a date night, the dining room does spills out onto a shady outdoor patio, making Tinto an excellent private party venue. We hear great things about the weekend brunch as well.
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