There are a lot of options for a fun Palm Springs happy hour. From old-school cocktail lounges to outdoor patios and dive bars, there are lots of choices for happy hour in Palm Springs.
Take an afternoon stroll through downtown Palm Springs and you’ll be overwhelmed with the amount of happy hour signs and menus enticing you to get out of the heat and enjoy a cold one.
While happy hour specials are plentiful, you’ll want to make sure you hit the best ones while you’re in town.
Sadly, many of my favorite happy hour locations closed in 2021, so for this latest best happy hour in Palm Springs 2022 update, new additions include Trio, Bootlegger Tiki Bar, El Jefe, Boozehounds and Village Pub.
As California rules are in currently in flux, I suggest before you head to any of the below happy hour locations to take a minute to call to verify if happy hour is happening or on a temporary hold.
8 Best Palm Springs Happy Hour Spots for 2022
While there are plenty of happy hour options in the Coachella Valley, such as Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage, this article focuses solely on the wonderful town of Palm Springs.
Palm Springs restaurants and bars offer a little bit of everything for happy hour, from $2 cocktails to half-off premium margaritas, as well as great food like fresh cuts of sushi to greasy bar fare. Here are some you won’t want to miss while you’re in Palm Springs.
Insider tip: Southern Californians refer to the entire area around Palm Springs as “the desert”.
Shanghai Red’s Oyster Bar
Happy Hour: 4 to 6 p.m. | Happy hour food specials start at 8 p.m. | Sunday is an all-day happy hour
Address: 235 S. Indian Canyon Dr | Phone number: 760-322-9293
Run by local seafood restaurant Fisherman’s Market and Grill, Shanghai Reds is a dive bar with great drink specials during their early happy hour. The real gem, though, is their late-night happy hour that features their seafood menu. Grab a couple of oyster shooters, enjoy fresh fish tacos and share a shrimp cocktail with friends.
Happy hour drink specials are offered on weeknights from 4 to 6 p.m., and happy hour food specials start at 8 p.m. except on Sundays, when the specials are good all day.
The Barry Baughn Blues Band plays R&B on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm in the open-air courtyard.
The best time to come in is after 9 pm for their late-night happy hour. You can find cheap drinks and food for almost 1/2 off the regular price. This is a real gem for any seafood lover.
Lulu California Bistro
Happy Hour 11 a.m. – Close Daily
Address: 200 S Palm Canyon Dr, | Phone Number: 760-327-5858
Lulu California Bistro claims to have the best happy hour in the desert and with the extensive food menu, chic interior design, and all-day specials, it’s hard to argue against their claim.
Drinks at the bar are stiff – no watered-down happy hour pours here. The food choices range from Kobe beef burgers to an ahi tuna tartar tower, both of which are delicious. Happy hour runs from 11 a.m. until closing daily.
Brickworks American Restaurant (Previously Matchbox)
Happy Hour: 2:00 to 5:00 pm every day
Address: 155 S. Palm Canyon Dr | Phone Number: 760-778-6000
Brickworks American keeps their happy hour menu short and sweet, but it’s done so well that you won’t be left wishing for more. Happy hour fare includes meatballs, Caprese salad, pizza, charcuterie plate, wedge salad, lobster rolls, fish tacos, and more.
Drink specials include all draft beer and house wine on happy hour for $5-$6. Domestic beer options like Bud lite, Coors light, and PBR tallboy are on special for just $4. Specialty cocktails such as a house Margaritas, Aspall cider, Moscow mule, sangria, and other mixed drinks are available on happy hour as well.
Happy hour times depend on the season; from January to May, happy hour is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. During the rest of the year, happy hour is from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Food Only Happy Hour: 3-7 p.m. Daily
Address: 707 N Palm Canyon Dr | 760-864-8746
Located on North Palm Canyon Drive, this is one of the best happy hour locations in the heart of Palm Springs. The happy hour menu consists of classic comfort food with a scrumptious Californian twist. The Kobe beef sliders are a favorite as well as a pretty remarkable margarita pizza and scrumptious sweet potato fries.
Bootlegger Tiki Bar
Happy Hour: Sunday – Thursday 3 – 4 p.m & 10 – 11 p.m. | Friday – Saturday 3 – 4 p.m. & 12 – 1am
Address: 1101 N Palm Canyon Dr. | Phone Number 760-318-4154
Bootlegger Tiki Bar is located in the original and legendary Don the Beachcomber space that originally opened in 1953. They are known for their handcrafted drinks including classic cocktails as well as tiki style.
The tiki bar with Polynesian decor serves up happy hour specials for $5 that include the bar’s signature daiquiris, mojitos, and more.
Tiki cocktails include the Zombie, Punch Bowls, and quirky fun drinks such as Gilligan Ate The Skipper (Cynar, Montenegro, Paranubes Rum, Plantation Pineapple Rum, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, Tiki Bitters, Peychaud’s Bitters, Grenadine, Falernum, and Passionfruit)
Happy Hour daily from 3 to 9 p.m.
Address: 266 S Palm Canyon Dr. | Phone: 760-323-3265
Happy Hour is 7 days a week and is available anywhere you can find a seat between 3 and 9 p.m.
The Village Pub is lively and big and definite late night stop for partiers. There are three indoor/outdoor bars and multiple dance floors.
They almost always have live music or a sports game playing on one of the 36 flat screens. As the night gets underway, there is also dancing. They guarantee they never close before 2 a.m.
They have 72 draft beers on tap as well as 24 of their very own Village Idiot Brew and a great selection of craft beer.
Happy hour includes $2 drinks, $3 domestic beers, $3 House Wine, $3.50 Imported Drafts, $4 Cocktails, $5 Martinis and bar bites that range from $3 to $7.
Village Pub offers regular special events, so make sure to check their calendar for what is scheduled.
El Jefe at the Saguaro Hotel
Happy Hour from 2PM – 6PM, Monday – Friday
Address: 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr. | Phone Number 760-323-1711
El Jefe is a Tequila & Mexican street food-focused restaurant located in the Saguaro Palm Springs boutique hotel. Taco Tuesday is a favorite for locals. Enjoy a happy hour margarita or michelada, chips and salsa, nachos as well as chicken, pork, fish, carne asada and sweet potato $4 tacos.
This is one of the best happy hours in town if you love Mexican food and Margaritas!
Happy hour is daily from 2 – 5 p.m.
Address: 2080 N Palm Canyon Dr. | Phone Number: 760-656-0067
Boozehounds is big, dog friendly and features great local art. The Boozehounds cocktail menu is curated by mixologist, Justin Gordon. Justin offers classic cocktails like a martini, sazerac, and margarita.
The house cocktails menu also has playful drinks such as the yappy chihuahua (Los Vecinos espadin mezcal, sailor jerry spiced rum, watermelon combier, citrus infused agave cordial, and black seat salt) and aunt donna’s dirty poodle (akashi ‘white oak’ whisky, yuzu-meyer lemon shrub, miso-mirin, nigori sake, and a bit of chocolate bitters).
Executive Chef Aric Ianni incorporates his global influences with seasonally inspired Southern California cuisine through delicious small and large shared plates.
Happy hour offerings include the Margarita, mojito, old fashioned, and other well drinks in addition to wine, beer, and sake. Happy hour food includes popcorn, bruschetta, hummus, parmesan truffle fries, cheeseburger, and more.
Boozehounds is also fun for weekend brunch, which takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-2 pm.
Marissa Willman is a freelance writer who specializes in travel, health and lifestyle writing.
Based in the Southern California desert, Marissa’s chronic case of wanderlust has taken her across Asia and the West coast. She spent two years living in South Korea as an ESL teacher and holds a journalism degree from California State University, Fullerton. Her work has appeared in USA Today Travel Tips, 10 Magazine, The Desert Sun and 52PerfectDays.com. Marissa’s portfolio can be found on www.marissawillman.com.