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Nightlife & Entertainment in Palm Springs

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Once the sun goes down over the desert, Palm Springs comes to life, with the majority of nightlife venues being casual and laid back. Expect beer and dancing rather than pretentious celebrity joints, although there are some more upmarket venues for special, sleek occasions.


Music venues


Palm Springs encourages its local talent, as well as attracting big name bands, and the intimate local venues are host to lots of excellent live music. Whether it's cozy local pubs, or rough and ready dive bars, there's some great music to be found in this town.


Village Pub


The Village Pub in downtown Palm Springs is a lively venue with different bands every day of the week. There's beer on tap and shots to get you in the mood for dancing, and The Loft upstairs has DJs spinning records until late. There's also a more chilled out area with table football and comfy chairs where you can sit back and enjoy the music.


266 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs CA 92262. Tel:+1 760 323 3265


Village Pub website
Dillon Road House


For those whose music tastes tend towards metal and rock, the Dillon Road House is a rough and ready venue with a rich history. From blues to classic rock to country, there's an old fashioned saloon style welcome, and the bar serves beer and burgers to keep you going until late.


64647 Dillon Road, North Palm Springs CA 92258. Tel:+1 760 251 1991


Dillon Road House website


LGBT friendly


Palm Springs has a large LGBT population, and so most bars and clubs are gay friendly. You'll also find a lively selection of gay bars and clubs, catering to a diverse selection of customers who just want to have fun.




With a mostly male crowd, Hunters has plenty of regular events running throughout the year, from football Sundays to karaoke nights, as well as special events during the holidays. From drag shows to bear nights, there's a diverse crowd made up of locals and tourists.


302 East Arenas Road, Palm Springs CA 92262. Tel:+1 760 323 0700


Hunters website


Toucan's Tiki Lounge


This is a flamboyantly tiki-themed lodge that attracts a mostly gay crowd, although anyone laid back and friendly is welcomed. Amid the plastic palm trees and exotic masks, you'll find a busy dance floor that's often occupied by big name drag acts, and after a few of the garish cocktails you might just feel like joining them. With a casual dress code and an unpretentious crowd, you're bound to get into the tiki spirit.


2100 North Palm Canyon Drive a100, Palm Springs CA 92262. Tel:+1 760 416 7584


Toucan's Tiki Lounge website


Cocktail bars


There's a small selection of cocktail bars in Palm Springs, with high end hotels boasting their own stylish nooks. Downtown also has a few venues where you can enjoy a perfectly mixed drink, although they tend to be more casual than their big city counterparts.


Legends of Palm Springs


This stylish bar is themed around old Hollywood, and the days when Palm Springs was an escape for iconic movie stars. Specializing in martinis of all varieties, as well as offering a long menu of classics, you can enjoy sophisticated chatter amid the vintage movie posters and memorabilia.


125 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs CA 92262. Tel:+1 760 656 8680


Legends of Palm Springs website




The Coachella Valley area has a wide selection of cinemas in a fairly small area, with many larger, out of town multiplexes as well as classic movie theaters that have been lovingly restored.


Camelot Theatres


With retro decor that reminds visitors of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Camelot Theatres is a charming independent cinema with an attached café and bar. You'll find screenings of new indie films, classic favorites, and live linkups with the world's biggest theaters for opera and ballet galas.


2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs CA 92262. Tel:+1 760 325 6565


Camelot Theatres website