Where to Enjoy the Best Early Entertainment in Palm Springs

Who doesn’t want to have some fun while visiting Palm Springs? This is Hollywood’s playground, after all, and there are plenty of ways – lounges, bars and nightclubs, to name a few – to get your party on. If you don’t want to be out all night, Palm Springs has you covered on that front, too: plenty of nightlife hotspots open their doors and start the entertainment early, meaning you can enjoy a soulful lounge act or groove to your favorite cover band hits and still make it back to your comfy hotel room before bedtime.

In downtown Palm Springs, you’ll have plenty of options for early entertainment. Las Casuelas Terraza, one of the desert’s most beloved spots for authentic Mexican fare, features nightly live entertainment on its patio, while Thursday afternoons and evenings offer entertainment in all forms during the weekly Village Fest street fair. Heading toward the eastern end of the valley, you can enjoy dinner as a local musician sets the mood at restaurants like BluEmber, Sullivan’s Steakhouse and Cork Tree. If you feel like dancing, you can always cut a rug in Indian Wells at The Nest.

Looking for more early entertainment? Check out the full list of where to enjoy the best early entertainment in Palm Springs below.



Reopened in 2013 in all of its Old Hollywood glory, The Purple Room is a Rat Pack-era supper club with live music, entertainment and upscale comfort food every night of the week. The entertainment generally starts early at The Purple Room, and...  Read More



The Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs is a flexible space for live entertainment, hosting everything from wrestling matches to Native American pow wows. Most often, the center is used as a concert venue for acts like The Beach Boys,...  Read More

Cork Tree Restaurant


Renowned throughout the desert for its upscale California cuisine, Cork Tree Restaurant uses local products to bring Chef Herve's creations to life. Start with an organic rainbow beet salad with local dates, then try the demitasse soup tasting,...  Read More



While The Nest is technically a restaurant in Indian Wells, locals know this contemporary restaurant turns into a dance party every night. While the crowd tends to skew a bit older, the ambiance is hard to beat. One minute, you'll be waltzing...  Read More



Shanghai Reds Oyster Bar, a part of the popular Fisherman's Market and Grill restaurant chain, opens in the afternoon but truly comes to life at night. Tucked away in a small alleyway behind Fisherman's Market in Palm Springs, Shanghai Reds...  Read More



If you're looking for steak, ambiance and entertainment all under one roof, head to Sullivan's in Palm Desert. This steakhouse delivers prime cuts, stiff drinks and an atmosphere that can't be beat. Upon entering Sullivan's in the El Paseo...  Read More



South Palm Canyon Drive transforms into an open-air market every Thursday evening during Village Fest, a weekly street fair in downtown Palm Springs. Vendors set up stalls selling everything from arts and crafts to local produce. If you get...  Read More



It's easy to imagine Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack hanging out at the sultry Riviera Palm Springs, which drips with a mid-century chic decor fit for Marilyn Monroe or Ol' Blue Eyes himself. Aside from the pictures of the former in the guest...  Read More

BluEmber at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa


This Californian-inspired restaurant at Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage embraces farm fresh ingredients and an onsite herb garden to create seasonal plates that impress diners all year long. The lounge and outdoor patio set an intimate mood...  Read More

Las Casuelas Terraza


This popular downtown cantina attracts folks regularly for delicious Mexican fare and an animated nightlife scene. With some of Palm Springs' most authentic Mexican fare and its very own Tequila Hall of Fame, it's easy to see the lure of Las...  Read More


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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