Palm Springs' Best Nightlife Options: Where to Party after Dark

Palm Springs has long had a reputation for its toned down nightlife, but with an influx of new bars and younger crowds, Palm Springs has become a popular destination for Los Angeles and Orange County night owls looking for a party. With casinos, clubs, trendy bars and late night happy hours, there’s little reason to stay home in Palm Springs on any night of the week. Before retreating to your hotel, spend a few hours enjoying all that the local nightlife scene has to offer.

If it’s craft cocktails and DJ-spun sets you’re after, don’t miss the aptly named Bar on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. A favorite for its handcrafted drinks and nightly live entertainment, this intimate watering hole has quickly become a Palm Springs favorite since opening in 2013. Nearby, you’ll also find plenty of live music and free-flowing drinks at Village Pub, another late-night staple in the desert.

Feel like dancing the desert night away? Don’t miss Zelda’s or Toucan’s, two of Palm Springs’ top spots for tearing up the dance floor. On the east end of the valley, you’ll find plenty of local bands and beers at watering holes like The Hood, Schmidy’s and The Red Barn. Or you can take center stage yourself at Neil’s in Indio, where karaoke fiends converge nightly. 

If you're looking for a more off-the-beaten-path experience, The Amigo Room at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club is always a sure bet. On any given night, The Amigo Room could host bingo, stand-up comics, a dance party or an arts and crafts session. This hipster-heavy spot offers something quirky and indie on almost every night of the week. 

It's not hard to miss this bar and music venue--it is, after all, a giant red barn. Despite the farm-inspired architecture, the venue doesn't feature much in the way of country music. Local bands--mostly rock and reggae--often take to the Red...  Read More

From dance floors to foosball tables, the Village Pub has entertainment for everyone. For live entertainment lovers, the ground floor of this downtown pub is the place to be. Village Pub offers live music every night of the week, plus there's no...  Read More

If you want to dance your cares and the night away, head to Zelda's for the desert's largest dance party. For more than 35 years, Zelda's has remained one of the only true nightclubs in the desert. Just south of downtown Palm Springs, Zelda's...  Read More

While this old-time, Western-themed saloon is a great watering hole, Neil's Lounge's true claim to fame is its famous karaoke nights. Locals, tourists and even celebrities drop into this dive bar for a stiff drink and a few minutes of fame on...  Read More

North Palm Springs
Toucan's Tiki Lounge

Welcome to the jungle in the heart of the desert. This gay nightclub in downtown Palm Springs loves to party, and whether you're gay or straight, you're sure to have a good time in this high-energy club. With themed dance parties every night, no...  Read More

Sometimes, all you need from a bar is a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere and a handful of well-crafted beers on tap. When it comes time to skip the rowdy crowds and late-night bar-fights, it's time to head to Schmidy's in Palm Desert. This...  Read More

Forget noisy nightclubs and dive bars�if you're looking for a hip night on the town, head to the Ace Hotel and Swim Club. This hipster haven offers a quirky take on nightlife, offering offbeat options like bingo or arts and crafts hour in...  Read More

While Coachella Fest is a strictly seasonally event, The Hood in Palm Desert keeps the tunes and soul of the music festival alive all year long. This bar and music venue has made a name for itself locally by hosting both local and mainstream...  Read More


Opened in early 2013, Bar combines handcrafted cocktails and live music in downtown Palm Springs. The decor draws on downtown's signature modern style, but there's a hint of dive bar soul in these walls. From the lounge at Bar, you can enjoy...  Read More


Meet Marissa Willman

Marissa Willman moved to the Coachella Valley in 2001 and loves discovering the best that the desert has to offer. As a Palm Springs local, Marissa enjoys sharing her knowledge of this desert...  More About Marissa

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