Planning a trip to a vacation destination like Palm Springs can be daunting. There are a lot of tourist things to do and see that will keep everyone happy and busy throughout the day, but when adults of the group want a place to relax and enjoy some local color without fanfare, there are several Palm Springs dive bars that will fit the bill.
Don’t be fooled by the big red barn exterior, you won’t find any hay or farm animals inside. In true “diver bar” style, the bar serves up cheap drinks and stiff pours. Local bands typically play anything but country music when they take the graffiti-lined stage. If the local musicians aren’t on stage, the room is filled with tunes from the jukebox. You’ll have to take a little drive to get there, so make sure you designate a driver before you leave. Business hours are 8 AM – 2 PM daily. Their address is 73290 Highway 111 in Palm Desert.
Located at 696 Oleander Rd in Palm Springs, this local staple has been around since 1988 and brings all the charm and atmosphere visitors crave from a dive bar experience. They offer tasty bar food as well as traditional cocktails, shuffleboard, pool tables, and a fully stocked bar for the more adventurous drinkers! Enjoy true Palm Springs atmosphere with the locals when you visit Fireside Lounge.
Located a little over 20 minutes from Palm Springs, Boondocks Tavern in Banning is worth the short trip. The small tavern has been around for over 50 years and is known for great beer and wine in a relaxing atmosphere that locals love. Listen to local music, play darts, or pool, or head outside for a fire pit, horseshoe pits, or heated patio. Make sure to designate a driver before you leave. Open 9 AM – 2 AM They are located at 4296 W. Ramsey Street in Banning.
Tryst Bar & Lounge
You’ll want to join locals for the cheap food and drinks and the free fun that goes with them. The cocktail dive bar also features an AMI video jukebox, pool, darts, and a pinball machine. The 21+ venue offers free Wi-Fi with a purchase in case you need to get in touch with the other adults in your party to let them know you’ve found a great place. Business hours are 2 PM – 2 AM They are located at 188 S. Indian Canyon Dr. in Palm Springs.
The Alibi Palm Springs
Park in the free city lot next to the venue and head to the back where you’ll enter for a great time. The 21 and over venue has great music, food, and cocktails. Their rotating food menu features bites from local restaurants like Mica’s Soul Kitchen’s chicken & waffles, pulled pork sandwiches, or vegetarian or vegan combos. Food is served from 8 PM – 1 AM They open at 7 PM and offer a wide variety of beers, cocktails, and spirits to go with the food. The Alibi Palm Springs is located at 369 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.
Hair of the Dog
Over 50 beers, plus spirits, a light menu of Mexican and other bar food in a sports bar atmosphere has locals bellying up to the bar. There is indoor and outdoor seating where you can enjoy a cold one or a bite to eat. The English pub-themed bar offers a jukebox, as well as TVs playing the game. Business hours are 7 AM – 2 AM daily at 555 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Suite A111 in Palm Springs.
Plan B Live Entertainment & Cocktails
Always have a Plan B if things don’t work out – or you want to extend the fun as long as possible. Daily drink specials and a “BYOF” or “bring your own food” policy means no two experiences will be alike. Don’t worry, they have all the drinks from water and soda to your favorite beers, cocktails, and spirits covered. There is plenty of entertainment here, too. The pool is only $1.00 and the shuffleboard courts are free. Count on karaoke every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 PM – 2 AM and live music on most Thursdays. Hours are Monday and Tuesday 2 PM – 11 PM, Wednesday-Saturday 2 PM -2 AM, Saturday 12 PM – 2 AM, and Sunday 12 PM – 11 PM. They’re located at 32025 Monterey Avenue in Thousand Palms, so you’ll want to designate a driver before heading out.
Destination: Dive Bars of Palm Springs
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