Palm Springs' 10 Best Bars and Restaurants for Happy Hour

If there’s one only one piece of advice you heed when it comes to visiting the desert, let it be this: stay hydrated. Of course, should you choose to do so with a few liquid libations, you can rest assured that what happens in the desert stays in the desert. You don’t need to pay full price to have a good time in Palm Springs, either: happy hours throughout the Coachella Valley will have you enjoying the best the desert has to offer throughout the afternoon and into the desert nights.

For the best of both food and drink, try Acqua Pazza at The River in Rancho Mirage or LULU California Bistro in downtown Palm Springs. These sister restaurants tout the desert’s longest happy hours, running from 11 a.m. to closing daily. Happy hour offerings include $5 cocktails and dozens of dining options, ranging from appetizers to sandwiches, salads and pizzas.

Other options in downtown Palm Springs include Wang’s in the Desert and Shanghai Reds Oyster Bar, both of which are especially popular on Sundays thanks to extended hours and food specials.

In Palm Desert, head to El Paseo for happy hour offerings at Pacifica Seafood Restaurant and Mitch’s on El Paseo. If it’s more of a bar atmosphere you’re looking for, don’t miss daily drink and food specials at The Tilted Kilt or Schmidy’s Tavern, which are also in Palm Desert.

Thirsty yet? Don't worry: you have more options, too. Check out the full list of the 10 best happy hours in the Palm Springs area below.



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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



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...  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



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...  Read More



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...  Read More

Wang's in the Desert


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,...  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