The Best Spots in Palm Springs for Late Night Dining



Hunger knows no time limit. Tummy rumblings and pangs can set in long after restaurant kitchens close their doors for dinner - but that didn't mean you can't satisfy your need for late night nibbles in Palm Springs. After the sun sets on the desert, you'll find restaurants across the valley serving up tasty late night snacks after dark.

Downtown Palm Springs stays up late, and you won't have much trouble finding late night dining in the heart of the city. One of the area's best bets for late night dining is Shanghai Reds Oyster Bar, where fish tacos, buckets of shrimp and live blues set the mood for late night dining in the desert. Late night dining at Shanghai Reds is also a great option for budget-conscious night owls, as happy hour specials start at 8 p.m. and roll on through closing.

Down the street, LULU's open floor plan offers a great view of Palm Canyon Drive as you dine on late night goodies at the bar or in the mid-century modern dining room. And at The Crazy Coconut Bar and Grill, hefty hamburgers, karaoke nights and DJ-fueled dance parties keep the late night crowd entertained – and fed – all night long.

Late night dining isn't just limited to downtown Palm Springs, either. Check out the full list of the desert's best bets for late night dining below.



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From dance floors and foosball tables to drinks and pub fare, the Village Pub has something for everyone. Located in the heart of downtown, the Village Pub is the perfect spot to grab a drink and dance the night away on Palm Canyon Drive. The bar has 13 beers on tap, a loft area and a club room upstairs. Downstairs, live music will keep you dancing until the doors shut at 2 a.m. A pub grub menu is served throughout the venue and late into the night. On the weekends, DJs and local artists set the mood for a night of dancing. Combined with a decent selection of food and friendly staff, the Village Pub is one of Palm Springs' more versatile late night options.


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TRIO Restaurant prides itself on being where Palm Springs eats and drinks--and for good reason. This trendy restaurant serves a variety of American dishes in a chicly decorated dining area that embraces Palm Springs' modernism roots. The dishes are well-prepared and elegantly served, but lack the pretentiousness often found in other dining establishments. The staff strives to make every diner's experience impeccable, from offering the perfect recommendations to being attentive throughout the meal. Best of all, TRIO tends to draw a rather friendly crowd, making it easy to make a few new Palm Springs pals in TRIO's bar area. This restaurant is perfect for families, couples and large groups.


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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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If you've ever wondered where Hollywood stars like Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor dined after shooting their latest films, head to Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn. No detail was overlooked in the design and decoration of Melvyn's, which exudes old world charm. Guests are given a glimpse of Old Hollywood's glamour as they step back in time when entering this swanky restaurant. The dishes at Melvyn's range are just what you'd imagine Old Blue Eyes himself dined on (think Steak Diane, filet mignon stuffed with oysters and wilted spinach salad) and are served by waiters in classy white jackets. After dinner, grab a Manhattan at the bar, appropriated named Casablanca, and enjoy live music from the piano bar.


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This al fresco pizza joint started as a waiting room of sorts for Cheeky's, the brunch joint next door also owned by serial restauranteur Tara Lazar. Soon enough, though, Birba evolved into its own, thanks to the pizzas and cocktails that have earned Birba a loyal following. Lazar's signature style shines through in pizza creations like the Blueberry, Goat Cheese, Basil and Kale, the White Corn, Leeks, Squash Blossom and Burrata, and the Asparagus, Fontina, Purple Potato and Pesto. Gluten-free crusts are available. Beyond the pizza, Birba prides itself on carefully curated dishes like ricotta gnocchi and tricolor salad, and the bar's handcrafted cocktail list is certainly worth a try. Gluten-free and vegetarian menus are also available.


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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 late night diner on a budget.


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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, saut�ed mushrooms and seafood gumbo. On Fridays and Saturdays, seafood lovers can enjoy live blues music by the Barry Baughn Blues Band.


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