Five great places to drink in Palm Springs

Palm Springs, the desert city in California, is well known for its spas, hot springs and lavish hotels…but what about its bars? Next time you're in town, check out these five marvellous bars and sip your way through a selection of craft cocktails, bourbons and tequilas.


In addition to a dining room, Dish has a gorgeous bar area. Sit and soak up the elegant atmosphere while sipping your way through its extensive bar menu. Our tip? Go for one of its innovative craft cocktails (try a grapefruit chipotle margarita or a blood orange mojito).


Bootlegger Tiki

Handcrafted cocktails are Bootlegger Tiki’s strong suit. This Palm Springs speakeasy makes its tiki cocktails with ‘an equal measure of rum + fruit + love’. The bar’s happy hour is one of the best in town, running from 12-2am every day.

Bar Was Taken

This is Palm Springs’ newest bar but it’s already made a name for itself with creative cocktails and live music. Its unique drinks list includes beer cocktails (that’s posh shandy to you or me), but bourbon is its real specialty. The Coachella crowd love it – keep tabs on social media for performances during festival season…you never know who might turn up.

Las Casuelas

If you’re a tequila lover, this one’s for you. There are over 100 types of the Mexican spirit on the menu at this classic Palm Springs hangout, and its margarita is often voted the best in the Valley.


Palm Springs’ very own whiskey bar, Workshop specialises in classic American drinks and prides itself on carefully provenanced ingredients. Beer, wine, and other cocktails are available too, all with a Workshop twist.

A pink cocktail in a glass with a sugared rim at Workshop, Palm Springs, California

Seven-night stays at the Palm Mountain Resort & Spa cost from £1,119 per person, including flights with United Airlines from Heathrow to Los Angeles and eight days’ car hire (travelbag.co.uk).  More info: visitpalmsprings.com

Photographs: VanRooPhotography; David A. Lee; Jaime Kowal.

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