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11 Fabulous Palm Springs Happy Hour Spots (2023 Update)

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 number of happy hour signs and menus enticing you to get out of the heat and enjoy a cold one.

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While happy hour specials are plentiful, you’ll want to make sure you hit the best ones while you’re in town.

For this latest best happy hour in Palm Springs 2023 update, new additions include the Purple Room, Pinocchio in the Desert and Tonga Hut. 


11 Best Palm Springs Happy Hour Spots for 2023

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”.

1. Shanghai Red’s Oyster Bar

Happy Hour: 4:30 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

Lemon drop martini
Photo Credit: Shanghai Red’s Oyster Bar Facebook

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.

oyster shooters

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. 

2. Lulu California Bistro

Happy Hour 3-6 PM Monday-Friday

Address: 200 S Palm Canyon Dr, | Phone Number: 760-327-5858

Blue cocktail at Lulu California Bistro
Photo Credit: Lulu California Bistro

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. all well drinks are 5.99 and house wine is 6.99. There is a good selection of domestic beers for 4.99, imported and draft beer for 5.99 as well as fun cocktail specials that icnlude a skinny margarita, house margarita, Cosmo and Lemon Drop martini.

The food choices range from Caesar salad to steak skewers with chimichurri sauce, chicken wings with diablo sauce to fried calamari and pizza.

3. 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
Photo Credit: Brickworks American

Brickworks American keeps its 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, cauliflower dynamite bites, lobster tacos, ahi tuna rolls and shrimp cocktail.

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 house Margaritas, Aspall cider, Moscow mule, sangria, and other mixed drinks are available on happy hour as well. 

4. Trio 

Happy Hour: every day 3 – 6 pm

Address: 707 N Palm Canyon Dr | 760-864-8746

Photo Credit: Trio Facebook

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.

Happy hour drinks include $4 beer, $6 Well drinks and Wine as well as $10 Martinis.

5. 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

Tiki drink from Bootlegger Tiki Bar
Photo Credit: Bootlegger Tiki Bar Instagram

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).

There is also a selection of beer during happy hour for $3.

6. Village Pub

Happy Hour daily from 3 to 9 p.m.

Address: 266 S Palm Canyon Dr. | Phone: 760-323-3265

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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 a 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. 

7. 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.

There is a wide range of $6 drink specials such as Margaritas, Michelada, a spicy Mexican Mule, Tito’s Vesper Martini, highball, old fashioned as well as house wine and beer.

Taco Tuesday is a favorite for locals because you can enjoy the regular happy hour menu plus additional taco specials.

Enjoy a happy hour Margarita or michelada with chips and salsa, nachos or a chorizo quesadilla as well as chicken, pork, fish, carne asada and sweet potato $5 tacos. 

This is one of the best happy hours in town if you love Mexican food and Margaritas!

8. Boozehounds

Happy hour is daily from 2 – 5 p.m.

Address: 2080 N Palm Canyon Dr. | Phone Number: 760-656-0067

Cocktail at Boozehounds in PalmSprings, CA
Photo Credit: Boozehounds Instagram

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 a ricotta board, Sichuan shrimp, kimchi fires, hummus, veganwurst, and a Caeser salad.

Boozehounds is also fun for weekend brunch, which takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-2 pm.

9. The Purple Room

Happy Hour is from 4pm – 6pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

Address: 1900 E Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92264 | 760-322-4422

Tucked away in the Club Trinidad Hotel, The Purple Room is where the original Rat Pack including Frank, Sammy Davis, Dean Martin, and their pals cavorted on and off the stage in the swinging 60s.

Belly up to Frank’s Bourbon Bar midweek for the Desert’s best happy hour with live jazz with Mark Kahny on piano and vocals. Happy Hour drink prices are Tuesdays all night at the bar as well as Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm.

10. Pinocchio in the Desert

All Day Happy Hour

Address: 134 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way , Palm Springs , CA 92262

Located in downtown Palm Springs, Pinocchios in the Desert is a relaxing bistro setting with an outdoor patio. They offer an all-day happy hour featuring Martinis, Margaritas and Cocktails.

They also offer a glass of bottomless champagne for $6.95 with the purchase of an entree.

Beyond the cocktails, they serve breakfast. lunch and dinner. The menus are vast and include both Mexican and American appetizers and entrees.

11. Tonga Hut

Happy Hour is Thursday and Friday from 5-7 pm.

Address: 254 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, Ca 92662 ​| 760-322-4449

Tonga Hut is our second tiki bar on this Palm Springs happy hour list. You can get $9 mai tais, $8 well drinks, and more during happy hour. Egg rolls, chicken skewers, teriyaki beef skewers, beef or pork sliders, fried wonton chips and a wedge salad are among the $6-13 tiki nibbles.


The best time to visit Palm Springs is between January and April when the daytime temperatures only reach between the 70s and 80’s. Fall’s temperatures are almost as nice, but unless you love the heat, we wouldn’t recommend visiting in the summertime when daily highs regularly reach the triple digits.

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