Sit Back and Sip at the Best Wine Bars in Palm Springs



While there may not be vineyards in Palm Springs, you can still get your wine tasting on at the desert's best wine bars. Tasting rooms and restaurants serving extensive and hand-selected wine lists cater to wine aficionados of all types in Palm Springs.

You'll find a handful of wine bars throughout the desert, such as 3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro in Palm Desert. The retail wine store and restaurant combo offers more than 800 wines, which you can either purchase to take home or enjoy with dinner on the patio. Further east, you can stop by The Wine Bar at Old Town La Quinta, which boasts more than 300 different varieties and special tasting events. Plus, you can sit back with your favorite wine and a selection from the vino-friendly food menu while enjoying the live music that often fills The Wine Bar on weekends.

Local restaurants also serve up an impressive array of wines. Tinto in Palm Springs, for example, gets its name from the Basque word for red wine. Fittingly, the Jose Garces restaurant offers an impressive list of hand-selected Spanish red wines. The Mediterranean-inspired Figue restaurant in La Quinta is also known for its impressive wine list, which includes both Old World and New World Mediterranean varieties.

If it's time for a glass of wine, check out the full list of the desert's best wine bars below.



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Alicante opened in downtown Palm Springs in early 2013, serving authentic Spanish dishes and tapas on South Palm Canyon Drive. Your tapas spread or Spanish-inspired entree is best enjoyed with a glass of wine from Alicante's discerning wine menu, which features reds and whites from Spain, France, Italy, Argentina and California. Owner Mindy Reed, a self-professed wino, carefully curates the wine menu, which is offered at $6, $8 and $10 price points per glass. During the daily happy hour, you'll find a handful of wines like prosecco, pinot grigio and cabernet sauvignon on special for $5 a glass at the bar. The house-made sangria is always a palette pleaser.


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Fantasy Springs Casino offers a range of nightlife options, from concerts to sports bars. It's the 12th Floor Cocktail Lounge and Wine Bar atop the Indio casino, though, that attracts a sophisticated crowd looking for good wine, a relaxed atmosphere and live entertainment. More than 65 varieties are on offer at the 12th Floor Cocktail lounge, and you can enjoy them by the glass, by the bottle or in a wine flight. Settle into one of the plush couches or grab a seat on the outdoor patio to soak up unobstructed views of the desert below. On the weekends, you'll find live jazz music the perfect pairing to your glass of wine.


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Cigars, craft beers and wines are the name of the game at Fame Wine and Cigar Lounge in downtown Palm Springs. The ever-evolving wine list includes whites, reds and sparkling varieties, plus champagne for those special occasions. Some of the labels carried at Fame include Orin Swift, Leonetti, Cusumano and Silver Oak. Overwhelmed by this carefully selected wine list? Then, opt for a wine flight and sample some of the best varieties offered at Fame. After you've chosen your bottle of choice, sink into the a leather chair in the darkly lit lounge or grab a seat on the patio in downtown. This is how wine was meant to be enjoyed.


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Tucked away inside the charming Old Town neighborhood, The Wine Bar at Old Town La Quinta is a beloved wine shop in the desert. The Wine Bar carries more than 300 varieties of wine from around the world, all hand-selected by owners Robert and Joni Mott. Not only do the wines reflect some of the industry's top labels, but you can also enjoy your bottles in the restaurant for no corkage fee. The wine-friendly Mediterranean menu includes flat breads, paninis, pastas and salads. Grab one of the highly sought-after patio tables, a glass of your favorite wine and a charcuterie plate for an exquisite night in the desert.


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After dinner, there's no better spot to indulge your sweet tooth and your inner wino than at Crave. This dessert bar has quickly earned a reputation across the desert for its freshly baked cheesecakes, lemon bars and pies, as well as its white blossom tea. But this modern dessert cafe also serves up one of the meanest wine selections in Palm Springs, the perfect partner to your choice from the decadent dessert case. You'll find a signature house red and white are staples of the wine list, which is constantly updated with new handpicked selections that complement the dessert offerings.


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Spencer's is one of Palm Springs most iconic restaurants, known for its French- and Pacific Rim-influenced American fare. Its wine cellar is equally impressive, boasting a worldly selection of labels from France, New Zealand, Austria, Spain and California and a handful of sparkling wines, rieslings and rosés. The wine list covers all the bases and is arguably one of the most wide-ranging selections in Palm Springs. Prices range from $9 glasses of pinot grigio to $7,000 bottles of cabernet sauvignon and just about everything in-between. Plenty of bottles are available for under $100, though, giving you ample opportunity to find the perfect wine for your special occasion.


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