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 watering hole tends to attract a more low-key crowd who come for the quality beers and late-night entertainment, ranging from acoustic bands to karaoke nights. Weekly beer tastings and a monthly beer dinner add to this bar's reputation as one of the desert's best for craft beers. A full menu is also served all day, and the bar is open late all week long.
Recommended for Happy Hour because: Schmidy's Tavern offers $3 drinks and appetizers during happy hour, offered daily from 4-7 p.m.
Marissa's expert tip: Don't miss the weekly beer tastings, which introduce patrons to the latest and most notable offerings in the craft beer world.
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 cover charge to enjoy the tunes. The bar has 13 beers on tap and a full menu, as well as an outdoor fire pit where you unwind with the live entertainment still in the background. With a friendly staff that won't kick you out until 1:30 a.m., the Village Pub is one of Palm Springs' more versatile venues for live music.
Recommended for Happy Hour because: Village Pub offers a daily happy hour with drinks starting at $2 and appetizers for $3, $5 and $7.
Marissa's expert tip: Happy hour is held downstairs from 3:30-6 p.m. and upstairs from 6-9 p.m.
While Palm Springs might be more than 100 miles away from the ocean, locals can still enjoy fresh seafood at Pacifica Seafood Restaurant in Palm Desert. This fine dining restaurant offers fresh catches daily, and popular Pacifica dishes include the Surf 'n' Turf, which includes steak and lobster, and the Seared Ahi Tuna. For a seafood splurge, try the Butter-Poached Australian Lobster Tail, which is just as decadent as it sounds. Not a seafood lover? Don't fret--Pacifica offers plenty of beef, chicken and vegetarian options, too. For before- or after-dinner drinks, pull up a stool at the Vodka Bar, which boasts more than 140 different types of vodka from around the world.
Recommended for Happy Hour because: Pacifica Seafood Restaurant has a daily happy hour with discounted drinks and food specials, including half-price half-entrees on Tuesdays.
Marissa's expert tip: Don't miss a martini at Pacifica; after all, the bar boasts more than 140 kinds of vodka.
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 specializes in beer and seafood in true Baja fashion. This oyster bar is perfect for spending an evening sharing fish tacos and beers with a few friends. Late night happy hour begins every night at 9 p.m. and goes until closing. The happy hour menu includes fish tacos, oyster shooters, sauteed mushrooms and seafood gumbo. On Fridays and Saturdays, seafood lovers can enjoy live blues music by the Barry Baughn Blues Band.
Recommended for Happy Hour because: Shanghai Reds Oyster Bar serves up discounted drinks and seafood during its happy hour, held on weekdays and all day on Sundays.
Marissa's expert tip: Don't miss the fish tacos, oyster shooters or bucket of shrimp, all of which are Shanghai Reds specialties.
Set in the posh shopping district of El Paseo, Mitch's caused quite the buzz when it opened its doors in 2013. Serving sushi, seafood and steaks, Mitch's on El Paseo has a broad concept to please all sorts of palettes, from meat-eaters to sushi fanatics. Speaking of sushi, Mitch's on El Paseo brought sushi master James Holder on board to head up the restaurant's seafood menu. Holder helped launch the sushi scene in San Diego before creating rolls like the 808 for Mitch's. Grab a seat on the intimate courtyard for a view of the surrounding greenery, or head upstairs for a private table overlooking El Paseo.
Recommended for Happy Hour because: Mitch's on El Paseo offers a daily happy hour with drinks, small plates and sushi.
Marissa's expert tip: Don't miss the signature 808 roll, which includes shrimp tempura, snow crab, avocado, spicy tuna and macadamia nuts.
Modernism meets the restaurant scene at LULU California Bistro in downtown Palm Springs, the funkier, modern version of Acqua Pazza in Rancho Mirage. With sleek mid-century modern design and chic artwork, LULU has a modern vibe that embodies the spirit of Palm Springs. Seating includes the circular bar area, two floors of indoor seating and a patio boasting the best views for people watching in Palm Springs. Specializing in California cuisine, the extensive menu covers all the bases with dozens of options ranging from soups and salads to pastas and meat-laden entrees. LULU's all-day happy hour includes specials on appetizers, drinks and entrees, perfect for the diner on a budget.
Recommended for Happy Hour because: LULU California Bistro offers one of the desert's longest happy hours, offered daily from 11 a.m. through closing.
Marissa's expert tip: Try the lemon drop, a $5 happy hour offering.
Wang's in the Desert offers some of the best pan-Asian cuisine and fusion creations in Palm Springs. Combined with immaculate decor and daily drink specials, Wang's in the Desert is a local favorite for dinner. Menu items include Thai, Chinese, Korean and Japanese dishes, and a dim sum menu and small plates are also available. Guests can choose between the elegant ambiance of the dining room or the lively atmosphere in the bar and outdoor patio areas. The restaurant is also a great happy hour watering hole, offering drink and appetizer specials such as $2 well drinks and $4 martinis.
Recommended for Happy Hour because: Wang's in the Desert hosts one of Palm Springs' most popular happy hours with $2 well drinks.
Marissa's expert tip: Head to Wang's in the Desert on a Sunday to enjoy all-day happy hour specials in the bar and patio areas. Don't miss the dim sum platter and coconut shrimp, both of which are included in the happy hour specials.